Scrum Team estimation game

This particular version of the Scrum Team estimation game probably does not differ from any other you can find on the internet. During this game, the team will arrange the cards in such a way, that the smallest size items will end on the left and the largest items will end on the right. If the team considers two tasks being the 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). If you don’t have enough time to rank them before estimating – just shuffle them and you are good to go.
  2. Team members take turns estimating one after another.
  3. On each turn, the player has two options, as shown below. With both options, the player needs 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


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.

The picture is just showing finally estimates tasks (green numbers are columns before last round).

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