Scrum Poker Cards
Estimating your backlog is really important. And developers are almost always staring at
screens. Make a cut and add some analog devices to your work! We use planning poker cards made
of real cardboard. This lets you focus distraction free on estimating the backlog and it also
adds some fun and interactivity to your meetings.
Time is valuable and meetings often burn too much of it. Even worse, participants agree to
extend meetings on the fly. This usually renders them useless, people start to drift away,
doodling and wait for the end. This is the reason we use a large, highly visible clock from Time
Timer. It shows the remaining time with a red overlay. And most important - if the bell rings
it's over. Seems harsh in the beginning, but pays off afterwards.
Daily Scrum Reminder
Does your team start discussing details during Daily Scrum? Of course they do! They argue about
and defend their work. That's why we started to use nameplates. If a discussion starts the
participants exchange cards and thereby agree to discuss this topic after the Daily Scrum. Keep
your Daily Scrum focused.