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Play Planning poker in Slack

Create planning poker game in Slack and collaborate in dedicated channels.

What’s it for

You can now let your Scrum masters or team leads set up a session in Slack to estimate tasks for the upcoming sprint. Actioner also provides a dedicated Planning Poker channel as your main spot in Slack for all things sprint planning. It's there to make your planning easier and boost teamwork. You'll find it helps you manage the game and have clearer discussions about estimates.

How it works

  1. When you run Create game workflow in Slack, a new Planning Poker game is created, Actioner automatically generates a dedicated channel. It sends an informing message for you to take game actions quickly.
  2. The Planning Poker game initiates when the Start/Next button is clicked. Issues are progressively sent to this game channel for estimation.
    💡 All actions related to the game, from the start of the game to its end, are managed in this channel.
  3. The game concludes once the estimation for all issues is completed and the End game button is clicked. 
  4. Subsequently, a scheduled job is set to run 7 days later. This job archives the dedicated game channel and erases all game-related information from Actioner, ensuring a clean slate for future games.
Dedicated Slack channel for Planning poker
Dedicated Slack channel for Planning poker

How to start Planning poker in Slack

  1. Install Planning poker app to your Slack workspace.
  2. Type /planning in Slack and select the Create game workflow.
  3. In the prompted form, enter the game details such as; Name, estimation options, and invitation channel.
  4. Then click the Create button.
  5. Once the game is created, Actioner creates a dedicated channel for the game and sends an invitation to the Slack channel you selected. 

Some other handy workflows

Manage Planning poker issues in Slack

Add, remove, track any issue in planning poker game right in Slack.

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Slack-first collaborative estimation

Assign and comment on issue estimates, view contributors, reveal votes, and much more in Slack.

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Monitor game progress and results in Slack

View estimation reports in Slack for an accurate planning.

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Your gateway to seamless automation

Actioner turns the complex into simple, allowing you to connect apps and automate workflows on a grand scale, faster and easier than ever.

Frequently asked questions

Can I customize the estimation options in Planning Poker for Slack?

Yes, you can choose from various estimation options like Fibonacci, T-shirt sizes, and even create custom estimation options to suit your team's preferences and needs when creating a new Planning Poker game.

Can I use Planning Poker for estimating non-software tasks in Slack?

Yes, Planning Poker can be used for estimating any type of task or project, not limited to software development. It's a versatile estimation technique applicable to various domains.

Can I integrate the Planning Poker App into my own project management tool?

Yes, you can. We currently support integration with Jira. If you are using a different project management tool other than Jira and would like to connect it, please feel free to contact us.