Scrum Team estimation game

This particular version of the Scrum Team estimation game probably not differ from any other you can find on the internet. During this game the team will arrange the cards so the smallest size items are on the left and the largest items on the right. If the team considers two tasks being same size they can place them one below another.

Rules of the game.

  1. Start with a stack of ranked story cards (highest ranked on top).
  2. Team members take turns estimating one after another. On each turn, the player has two options, as shown below. With both options, the player need to explain to the team the reasons for his estimate.
    • Take the top story card off the stack and place it on the table based on its estimated size
    • Move a previously placed card to a new location if you think it should be estimated differently
  3. During a player’s turn, other team members may speak only to ask clarifying questions; they must not express their own opinions during another player’s turn.
  4. After the last story card has been estimated, each player may take one more turn to move a card if he/she wants to.

After finishing last round team assign numerical estimations to groups of cards. To do so they can use estimations of already implemented tasks.

Results

In result we get estimated package of stories, just like this one below. If teem feel uncertain with some of them then clarification is needed. You can also estimate some of the stories again using Scrum Poker.

Picture is just showing finaly estimates tasks (green numbers are columns before last round).

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