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