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:
- 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.
- 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.
Our Planning Poker cards have proven to be so popular that we’ve had to have more printed. If you are in the Toronto area and are interested in how you can obtain decks for yourself, please contact us.
If you want to learn more about Planning Poker, please visit: http://www.intelliware.com/agile-estimating/