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

Asynchronous (shortly: Async) session is designed for teams that can't or don't want to estimate simultaneously, but also it is widely used by teams who want all members to check out the estimation scope and put questions before the joint team estimation. The flow for asynchronous sessions is based on the Wideband Delphi estimation method:

  1. The session moderator selects the issues to estimate and people that will participate in the session.

  2. The session link is shared with all the participants.

  3. Participants estimate issues in the scope of the estimation session whenever they find it convenient, optionally putting down their comments, questions, and concerns to support the chosen estimation.

  4. Moderator closes the personal estimation phase and proceeds to the final estimation phase.

  5. The session moderator saves the estimates for issues in scope based on the estimation result or proceeds with further discussion interactively.

Starting and configuring Asynchronous session

Asynchronous session is started from the Session selection page of Agile Poker, check out Navigation for different project types instructions to find out how to get here:

3-steps creation wizard will be shown next. 

Step 1: configuration

Provide the following details: 

Additionally, you can use "Save this configuration as my personal default" option during session creation to remember current settings and participants list for future sessions. Note that:

Step 2: participants

Options available on this step:

Note that:


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Step 3: session scope

The Select issues layout is customizable, Epic, Version, Assignee, and Priority fields are optional with only Epic visible by default. 

Once ready, click on 'Start session' to proceed.


Session configuration can be updated after it was started from the session's menu - check out Participants and Estimate scope options:

Estimation process

In Async session, every participant should solely estimate all provided issues optionally writing down comments backing up the estimate.

The asynchronous estimation process is pretty similar to Interactive estimation (you can find an in-detail interface description there), but with several differences:

The progress of participants is shown next to the avatars. 

Reviewing personal estimates

When all the participants have submitted their estimates or when the time is over then even if some participants' estimates are missing, a moderator has to choose the Review personal estimates option from the voting section or session menu:

Once it's done, Asynchronous mode will switch into the Interactive mode with all the issues set to Reviewing status and ready for the final estimation.

Agile Poker will suggest a final estimation value if:

All the comments are also shown here. All saved individual estimates might be removed now, use the Reset button on the right.

The moderator should use Save or Save & next options to save the final estimate and proceed further. Once all the issues are estimated, you’re done!

Leaving and finishing the session


Check out other estimation sessions offered by Agile Poker for Cloud: 

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