Friday, January 23, 2015

Estimating Sprint Story Effort with

For our next sprint, our Argentinian developer suggested we use Mountain Goat's to do our story estimation. To my surprise, using it was very easy. I had an account in 30 seconds (thanks Ken for not making me retype my password when creating an account - that always annoys me - if I mess it up I'll do the "forgot password" link). I emailed our team members the link that PlanningPoker gave me and we were off and running.

I was a little skeptical that it would be worth our while, but estimating was easier using the tool.
I'd recommend it.  We didn't create a story entry for each story, just used the first one and then overlaid a list of stories entered into emacs on the webex screen, everyone discussed the story and we re-voted on the "original" one.  The stories will then go into Jira with the estimated effort.
Best of all it's free.

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