Agile Poker Server/DC

This part of the documentation relates to Agile Poker for Jira Server and Data Center. If you use Jira Cloud go to the Agile Poker for Jira Cloud documentation.

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Introduction to asynchronous sessions with Agile Poker for Jira

Asynchronous sessions are designed for teams that can't or don't want to estimate simultaneously. The flow for asynchronous sessions is based on the Wideband Delphi estimation method:

  1. Session moderator selects issues to estimate and people that will participate in the session.
  2. Jira sends e-mail invitations with the link to the session to all participants.
  3. Participants estimate issues in the scope of the estimation session whenever they find it convenient.
  4. Moderator closes the session.
  5. Session moderator saves estimates for issues in scope based on the estimation result.

Viewing the sessions dashboard

To start working with asynchronous sessions go to the sessions dashboard view. You can go to this view from the Jira Software backlog screen by:

  • opening the "Agile Poker" dropdown and clicking link "Manage sessions", or
  • clicking the Agile Poker Enterprise logo on the Jira project sidebar.

Creating asynchronous session

  1. On the sessions dashboard view, click the "Create session" button.
  2. On the "Create new session" popup choose "Asynchronous session" and click "Next":
  3. Choose issues you want to estimate (session scope) and click "Next".
  4. Define session name, participants and an e-mail invitation message. For each session, you can also choose the field you want to estimate on, estimate values you want to use for casting votes and fields to display inside session to help you estimate issues . Then click the "Create" button to start your session.

Estimating issues

  1. On the sessions dashboard screen, click the "Estimate" button to go to the session.
  2. Select the first issue from the list on the left, choose estimate and type comment. Then click the "Save & next" button and repeat this for the next issues.
  3. Once you estimate all the issues, simply leave the session page.

Previewing estimation results

Every session participant can see the overview of how many issues others have estimated in the top-right corner of the session screen. Hovering over the user shows the number of issues estimated by her or him. The green tick will show up next to the users who estimated all the issues.

Session moderator can preview partial estimates even if the session is open. To do this go to the sessions dashboard, open the "more" dropdown for the estimation session you are interested in and click "Review partial results".

On the screen, pick an issue to see partial results in the "Estimation results" section.

Closing session

Once everybody choses their estimates, the moderator can close the session. Participants can no longer estimate issues in closed sessions but they can review the results instead. Session moderator can close the session in two ways:

  • From the sessions dashboard view using the "Close" button:
  • From the estimation view using the "Close session" button in the top-right corner of the screen:

Reviewing estimation results

When the session has been closed all participants can review the results. Moreover session moderator can save final issue estimate directly from the results screen. To see estimation results:

  1. On the sessions dashboard, click the "Review results" button.
  2. Pick an issue from the list on the left. You will see the "Final estimation for..." panel. Based on the user estimates and comments, enter the final issue estimate and click button "Save & next". Final estimate value will be saved to the issue field selected on the create session screen (in this example "Story point").
  3. Once you save the final estimate for all issues, simply leave the session results page.

Restarting session

While reviewing the results, session moderator may decide that for some issues another estimation round is needed. If this is the case, click the "Restart session" link on the results screen. The "Restart session" dialog is very similar to the "Create session" dialog. Choose issues to be reestimated and update list of session participants if needed. Once you restart the session Jira can send e-mail invitations to all participants and estimation will proceed as usual. 

Customizing estimate values

You can configure estimate values available for the session participants. Read the Board settings documentation page for details.

Reviewing the estimation results later

After the session has been closed, you can view proposed estimates and estimate comments at any time by going back to the session screen or simply from the agile board and view issue page.

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