One thing that no one tells you is how noisy agile is.
I don’t mean the general hub-bub of stand-ups, or the thoughtfulness of backlog grooming and planning or the robust conversations during retrospectives.
I mean the screaming and shouting that goes with poker.
We'd written the stories on cards and blue-tacked them to the wall. Some good conversations; no raised voices, so we headed into sizing.
The team really took to it. Initially talking through the different scores, agreeing the number they’d go with. Cool, all under control.
Then they hit their stride.
It started with trying to second-guess each others cards, “I only put down an eight because I thought you’d put down an three” just to be contrite. Even if they believed three was the right score.
Then it got noisy; a huge cheer as they all threw the same card.
Shouts of derision when one of the team deliberately threw a contradictory card when the choice was “obvious.”
And so the meeting went on.
The feedback we received from the rest of the office was that agile seemed really fun, at least judged by the amount of noise we were making!
Can wait for the first retrospective, its going to be a riot!
To play poker I adapted a standard set of cards using 2, 3,5,8,13 (Jack), 20 (Queen), 50 (King) and 100 (Ace). After a few rounds the team decided they needed an option not to have an opinion, so we introduced the Joker meaning “I really don't have an opinion!”