It is a Google Hangouts plugin & HipChat add-on that allows distributed
software development teams to estimate tasks in an easy, fun way using the
Planning Poker technique.
What happens in a Planning Poker session?
Planning Poker is an agile estimating technique which has become very
popular in the last few years. It is mainly used by Agile & Scrum
developers so the whole team can estimate the effort needed to build
These are the rules to play Planning Poker:
Each participant gets a deck of estimation cards representing a sequence
of numbers. In Planning Poker for Hangouts we have 4 type of cards: the
Fibonacci sequence (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc.), Days (1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15), T-shirt size (Small - Medium - Large - Xlarge) and
a simple Yes/NO card set.
The moderator presents one user story at a time to the team. This is
called a Round.
The Scrum Master or Product Owner (or an equivalent role) answers
any questions the team might have about the story.
Each participant privately selects a card representing his or her
estimate of the “size” for the user story. Usually size represents a
value taking into account time, risk, complexity and any other relevant
When everybody is ready with an estimate, all cards are presented
If there is consensus on a particular number then the size is recorded
and the team moves to the next story.
In the (very likely) event that the estimates differ, the high and low
estimators defend their estimates to the rest of the team.
The group briefly debates the arguments.
A new round of estimation is made (steps 4 and 5 above).
Continue until consensus has been reached and the moderator records the
Repeat for each story.
How much does it cost?
Our Google hangouts plugin and HipChat add-on are free. But in order to
use our Dashboard and import your backlogs from Pivotal Tracker, JIRA,
Trello & YouTrack, you need to select one of our pricing plans.