Intelliware’s Planning Poker Cards
Three years ago, Intelliware created Planning Poker cards to promote our pragmatic approach to the Agile planning process. While most Planning Poker decks follow the standard 52-card structure with four suits and thirteen cards per suit, ours are a bit different with six suits with eight cards per suit.
We did this intentionally to address two problems that we see with the standard Planning Poker decks:
1. Useless cards: We believe the need to stick to the four suit, thirteen cards per suit playing card paradigm has resulted in the inclusion of cards that are useless, such as a zero card, a “?” card, and a one hundred card. Nothing is ever actually zero effort. Likewise, anything one hundred in size is way too big to be a Story. Similarly, a “?” card is not relevant because if you don’t understand something you should probably either not play a card at all or you should play the largest one in your hand. With our decks, we’ve reduced the number of cards in each suit down to eight: ½, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 and 21.
2. Four suits are rarely enough: Most Planning Poker sessions have more than four estimators involved. Our Intelliware-branded cards can facilitate up to six estimators with one pack. For large teams, multiple decks can be used.
If you want to learn more about Planning Poker, please visit: http://www.intelliware.com/agile-estimating/