Planning Poker Deck optimized for Estimation of Hours

Planning Poker Instructions

How to play Planning Poker?

  1. Each member of the team gets the complete set of cards of one suit
  2. Somebody presents the work items (e.g. «Product Owner», product manager, project leader)
  3. The work item is discussed, discussion results (details, assumptions, risks) are documented
  4. Each estimator thinks about the estimate and places one according card face down (numbers hidden) on the table
  5. When all estimates/ cards are on the table, the cards are shown
  6. If the estimates disagree, the reasons for the differences are discussed, typically first by the estimators aiming
    lowest and highest, discussion results (details, assumptions, risks) are documented.
  7. Steps 4 to 6 are repeated until consensus is reached (can be shortened if a single outlier agrees to go with all others)

What is the Meaning of the Cards?

The numbers can stand for hours but also other quantities like cost (in 1000's), risk, "Story Points". In Scrum it is frowned upon directly estimating hours, but in many organizations hours are important. This is why our card deck is optimized for estimation of hours.

Meaning of Special Cards

See the following figures:

Already done, no effort

I think this is already done or does not have to be done

80 hours, split

I estimate the work package to be 80 hours, it should be broken down (estimate maximum 40 hours work packages)

Too big, split

I consider the package too big, it must be broken down


The work package is completely unclear to me


I need a break


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