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Planning poker, introduced back in the early days of XP, has become a standard ritual in many agile processes.

To paraphrase the Hitchhiker’s Guide, although planning poker frequently leads to estimates that are “apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over older, more pedestrian techniques in two important respects. First, it is almost entirely informal; and secondly it let’s consultancies inscribe their name in large friendly letters on the back of each card”.

In 20 slides I’ll describe how planning poker is supposed to work, why it usually doesn’t, and offer some alternatives that might work better for you. Along the way we’ll also try to answer one of the universe’s most difficult questions: how long is a piece of string?

About the Speaker(s)

Consultant, coach, trainer, analyst, and developer for over 30 years. Seb has been involved in the full development lifecycle with experience that ranges from Architecture to Support, from BASIC to Ruby. He’s a BDD advocate with SmartBear, helping people integrate all three practices of BDD into their development processes and ensuring that appropriate tool support is available. Regular speaker at conferences and occasional contributor to software journals. Co-author of the BDD Books series "Discovery” and "Formulation" (Leanpub), lead author of “The Cucumber for Java Book” (Pragmatic Programmers), and contributing author to “97 Things Every Programmer Should Know” (O’Reilly). He blogs at and tweets as @sebrose.