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Introduction


Bucket Sizing session type by Agile Poker for Jira Cloud is a widely used feature. It is based on the Swimlane Sizing card game and similar to the Relative sessionSession, but with a fixed number of buckets and their values. 

Bucket Sizing is recommended for seasoned teams with proven estimation patterns and it is the fastest session type in Agile Poker. Here is the general gist of the session: 

  1. A moderator starts the Bucket Sizing session and adds and selects issues to be estimated.

  2. The moderator defines buckets and their values before the session start. 
  3. The moderator invites participants to the session via a sharable link. Alternatively, the moderator shares the screen with participants and interacts on behalf of them. 

  4. Participants spread drag and drop the user story cards over on the labeled buckets based on their relative size. 
  5. If required, the team can use the Voting option where participants can vote for a place for a specific user story.
  6. The last step is to assign estimation values corresponding to each column (usually with the Fibonacci sequence).

  7. Save The moderator saves the assigned values to for the issues.


Check the detailed explanation below or see how it works for the similar Relative session here:

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Initial configuration

Onсe launched from the Classic or Next-Gen project menu, the Bucket Sizing session must be configured by adding issues you want to estimate (session scope) and clicking on "Create". JQL filtering and bulk selection will come in handy:

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Buckets configuration tab is used to pre-set the columns. You can select one of the suggested sets or create a custom one by editing the cards field:

  • Please note that values or values+labels can be used. To add labels simply use "LABEL=VALUE" format, for example "Large=5".
  • Please note that there is only one Bucket Sizing session for each board, so if you need to launch the second one for the same project, the only option to do this is to use another board.

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Inviting participants

Once the session startedstarts, you can share its the session link with your team by copying it from the address bar, the bread crumbs section or section, or from participants management; click on Participants from the top right to open it:

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In the Participant menu, the moderator role can be assigned. It gives the moderator several privileges comparing to a non-moderator regular participant: 

  • start and manage the voting process;
  • submit the final votes;
  • save estimates;
  • the moderator has a crown next to his pointer and avatar.

If there is no moderator selected assigned (default state), all the participants have equal access to all the features. Please note that the moderator's role doesn't have an exclusive power to manage participants; every participant has full access to participants and moderator management settings. 

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While in the session page, drag the issues from the deck (left side of the screen side) to one of the buckets on the virtual board (right side of the screen side): 

Continue dragging cards from the deck to the board till no more user stories left. 

Voting option

The Voting option has been added to the latest multiplayer version of the Bucket Sizing session. The moderator can activate the voting option and ask participants to vote for a place for a specific user story. 

Click on the person raising a hand person icon from the top of the "To be estimated" part to enable voting:

Drag 'n'and drop a user story to the voting area:

And Then vote for a column for this user story by clicking on a special character in a bucket:

The winner or winners winning bucket for the discussed user story will be highlighted with the green frame

Voting status is displayed both in buckets and on Participants' avatars:

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To finish voting simply drag the voted story to the final winning bucket.

Depending on a team and a flow, different session scenarios are possible, like voting for an issue or for the whole session scope. 

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Support help or feedback

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

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  • When happy with what you see, you can click on on the '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” 'Save' to confirm the action:

 

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

In case of using the 'Finish session' button, the session will be eliminated discharged for all the participants without saving the progress. 

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