Recently for a university software engineering group project, the need arose to perform Planning Poker to estimate the workload for each User Story (story points). Wikipedia says that:

Planning Poker, also called Scrum poker, is a consensus-based technique for estimating, mostly used to estimate effort or relative size of user stories in software development. It is a variation of the Wideband Delphi method. It is most commonly used in Agile software development, in particular in Extreme Programming.

Since my group and I were going to be meeting over Skype, we needed a quick utility to estimate story points while being remote. Here is what I did.

I whipped up a small PHP script to tackle this issue so that we didn’t have to rearrange our meeting to be in person. You can find it here at:

planning-poker-tool.snasir.ca

Maybe this can help out another team looking for a quick way to perform planning poker without any signups or registration. Here is what it looks like:

A preview of my planning poker tool. A preview of my planning poker tool.