Time estimates in release 11 Nov 2018

Introduction

The new release contains very few bug fixes as well as new features including time estimates through the T-Shirt styles, better view for the cards when some of them are not active and started with writing the full documentation and instructions for Scrumpy Planning Poker

New features

Time estimates

For the Jira integrations now it is possible to estimate tickets with time. The Jira estimated time and remaining time fields are automatically updated after the voting. To enabling using time, you should first properly configure Jira to use time estimates instead of story points and the Time Tracking and/or Log Work fields are enabled in the default screen for the project.

Voting with time is enabled only for the T-Shirt styles. When you switch to T-Shirt preset or switch to T-Shirt voting, a new section will appear in the Settings page that will enable to create a mapping between a story point and time (hours). If the mapping is 5.75, this means that for each story point the team will need 5.75 hours. When the accepted vote is 2 story points, the estimate will be set to 2 * 5.75 = 11.5 hours or 2 days 3 hours and 30 minutes when estimated in work time. By specifying custom story points for each T-Shirt card and using the time multiplier, it is possible to properly estimate each task with time instead of story points.

Story point to time mapping
Story point to time mapping

The time estimates will not be updated in Jira if the mapping is not set or set to 0 (the default). If the current Jira project is configured to use story points, time estimates will not be used.

Hiding disabled cards

Now the cards that are disabled are not shown on the screen instead of showing a disabled card. This increases the concentration of the team during the refinement process since the cards that are not used are not visible at all.

Hide cards instead of showing disabled card
Hide cards instead of showing disabled card

Detailed documentation

It will take some time until this documentation is fully completed, but we’ll be working on it with priority. This documentation will help a lot to new users that are getting used to Scrumpy Planning Poker. It will define every aspect of the use cases and details, tips and tricks for smooth planning sessions.

The documentation can be found on our web site or using the new shortcuts in the application on the right pane and the Welcome screen.

Shortcuts to documentation
Shortcuts to documentation

Happy voting!

All those nice features (and fixed bugs) have been completed thanks to our users – they have requested and we have implemented them. Please help Scrumpy Planning Poker become even more convenient for you by submitting a feature request/bug to our Feature Requests page or up-vote an existing feature that you find useful. Thank you!

Simplified cards in release 04 Nov 2018

Introduction

The new release of Scrumpy Planning Poker includes some minor bug-fixes as well as few new features which includes something requested for quite some time – simplified cards.

New features

Simplified card images

Now it is possible to use 2 more type of card images – gray-scale and monochrome. This was asked quite some time lately – why not just use simple images to allow better concentration on the game itself. For most users though it’s still fun to use the original images so now the images style is available as an option in the settings. The images are changed for the current user only and do not affect the rest of the users in the room. This way, participants can use color, gray-scale or monochrome images depending on the personal preference.

Different card styles
Different card styles

The gray-scale images for cards reduce a bit the color saturation of the whole application and look like this:

Gray-scale card images
Gray-scale card images

For users who want even more simplified card images, which include only the schematics of a card, the monochrome option is ideal. When monochrome card images are chosen, the cards look like this:

Monochrome card images
Monochrome card images

Fun factor: zero 😋 but it definitely looks more serious… uh.

Micro-voting

It is convenient from time to time to ask simple questions like “shall we re-vote?”, or “Do you agree with adding a new acceptance criteria?”. Now you can turn any chat message into an up-down vote poll or simple like-only counter and check the team preference on a particular question. The chat message can be converted to a poll using the three vertical dots context menu of it on the upper right corner as follows:

Micro polls
Micro polls

The up-down vote can be used to collect pros/cons and check if the positive votes prevail over the negative votes:

Up/down vote
Up/down vote

The simple like-only polls can be used to check how many participants like the question from the poll:

Like-only question
Like-only question

Refine again

It is now possible for our Jira-integrated users to move an already refined story back to the list of stories to refine. This can be done from the left pane using the small arrow below:

Refine again
Refine again

Happy voting!

All those nice features (and fixed bugs) have been completed thanks to our users – they have requested and we have implemented them. Please help Scrumpy Planning Poker become even more convenient for you by submitting a feature request/bug to our Feature Requests page or up-vote an existing feature that you find useful. Thank you!