It is a plugin for Google Hangouts which lets a software development team whose members are in remote locations use the Poker Planning technique in a Hangouts session.
PP4H is a Google Hangouts plugin that allows distributed 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. Mainly used by Agile & Scrum developers so the whole team can estimate the effort needed to build software products.
These are the rules for 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 Rounds.
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 factors.
When everybody is ready with an estimate, all cards are presented simultaneously.
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 estimate.
Repeat for each story.
How much does it cost?
It is FREE as in FREE Beer. We built this plugin to solve a problem that our own development firm was experiencing while working with our internal teams and clients. We wanted to estimate the effort it would take to build software with distributed teams.
If I have a problem with the plugin, how can I contact you?