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

Introduction

Relative estimation session by Agile Poker for Jira Cloud is one of the most popular parts of our software. It is:

  • really fast, easy and intuitive since the team doesn’t need to think of estimation values, only compare one issue with another; recommended for:

    • teams that are new to estimates;

    • mature estimating teams that want to speed up the estimation process;

    • for any other team that prefer a visual representation and interaction;

  • designed for making quick and rough estimations of a large batch of issues (50+), still, highly adopted by teams with a small (<20) number of issues per estimation session;

  • considered as an estimation session with a low level of issue discussion comparing to standard Planning Poker, still, a team and session moderator can easily adjust this.


The Relative estimation session is based on the Team Estimation Game method, employing a Trello-like interface for smooth issue drag'n'drop user experience. The relative estimation mode is also heavily inspired by techniques known as Magic Estimation, Silent Grouping, Affinity Estimation or Swimlanes Sizing, so knowing one of them should make you comfortable with the flow. Here is the general gist of the session: 

  1. Session moderator shares screen with the participants and interacts on behalf of them. 

  2. Moderator puts the issues to be estimated in a pile.

  3. First participant places top issue on the virtual wall.

  4. Next participant places top issue on the virtual wall relative to first issue:

    • if it’s smaller, it gets placed on the left

    • if it’s bigger, it gets placed on the right

    • if it’s around the same, then it should be placed below (forming a column)

  5. Next participant may:

    • either place issue from the pile on the virtual wall using the same rules as above

    • move an issue already placed on the wall/table together with a comment explaining this move

  6. The team continues to take turns placing issues until the pile is finally depleted and all issues are on the virtual wall.

  7. It is the time to fine-tune the order by moving issues one at a time with a few words of explanation.

  8. When everybody is OK with the outcome, the issues are ordered left to right, smallest to largest.

  9. The last step is to assign estimation value corresponding to each column (usually with the Fibonacci sequence).

  10. Save the assigned values to the issues.


Check the detailed explanation below or see how it works here:

Session Configuration



Onсe launched from Classic or Next-Gen project menu, the Relative session must be configured by adding issues you want to estimate (session scope) and clicking on "Create" to start the Relative estimation session:

Please note that one user can have only one Relative session active. The last session can be recovered from the “Select session scope” window by clicking on “Open last session”.

Session scope can also be re-configured from the main Relative Session window, click on “Configure session” button from the bottom-right part of the window.

Optionally (mandatory for the first time), in Buckets Configuration tab you can switch from Classic Relative estimation to a Pre-set buckets, which will be described below:


Classic Relative estimation process

Issue placement phase

While in the session page, drag the issues from the deck (left screen side) to the virtual wall (right screen side): 

Continue dragging issues from the deck. You can drop the issue in the following places:

  1. under the existing column (if an item is comparable in size)
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  2. to the left (or right), if the item is considerably smaller (greater) than the existing issues on the wall:

  3. stick the issue between two existing columns:

Placing estimates

At any moment, which usually happens after your "Issues to be estimated" deck is finally empty, you can start filling in the estimate values for the column items:

Please note that additional Labels might be added on the left from estimation values fields at any point of the estimation process:

Support help or feedback

"Problem or Suggestion?" button from the bottom menu is always available for you, don't hesitate to contact our awesome support!

Saving estimates

  • When happy with what you see, you can click Save estimates button (bottom right) to conclude the session and update the issues' respective estimation field. 

    NOTE: all the estimations are saved to an estimation field specified in Board Settings.

  • Then click on “Save” to confirm the action:

 

  • That’s it! Now you can go to the board, get back to the estimation session:


Limitations and caveats

Current implementation stores the session state in the browser local storage. This has the following implications:

  1. Your browser must support local storage and have it enabled

  2. You can't involve people in the session otherwise than sharing screen with them - people either need to be in the same place (e.g. conference room) or use some screen sharing service

  3. You can't create multiple sessions simultaneously on the same browser/profile - first, you need to finish or discard the previous one

  4. The previous session might be restored from Session Configuration 






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