Awesome sprint planning with remote teams
This morning I got to be a part of one of my teams sprint planning sessions with several remote folks. We are using JIRA to house our repository of user stories which we are all looking at and discussing via GoToMeeting. And we are using PointingPoker.com to bring everybody’s votes together. What’s nice about this tool is that everybody’s votes are hidden until either A) we have all voted in which case the last vote cast shows all the votes or B) someone clicks the Show Votes button.
I appreciate that the product owner (we have a great one) brought a great set of working requirements but that some form of conversation amongst the team was to be expected. We have been having wonderful design discussions along the way in real time. With the ritual voting (in points – not hours) which allows us to ensure that we are all on the same page. From time to time we go back for more discussions and a re-vote until the majority are on consensus.
And I appreciate that we are tracking the business requirements as well as all of the expectations for what “done” means. This is hugely important to me as it limits any form of failure between mis-interpreted expectations. Outlining what is to be delivered is equally important to outlining what won’t be delivered. All the way down to what the shape of the data will look like from the API we are developing. Very nice!
I have seen many tools such as PointingPoker.com but this one seems feature complete enough and not buggy at all. There are several out there…I just landed on this one this morning.