Planning Poker for Distributed Teams

There are many solutions out there for playing planning poker online. Most of them did not convince me. They were either oversized, not stable or too expensive. So, I sat down and created a simple solution on my own. Here is my little planning poker game.

It’s simple: Just create a game. Give it a code, a password for the players and a password for the Scrum Master.

Now distribute the URL, game code and player password to your team members during your estimation session.

The Scrum Master is allowed to start estimations, turn cards and delete estimations after each round.


Reading-Recommendation: Leadership, Culture & Creativity

Today, I’d like to point out three nice articles to make your Easter holiday a bit more “mind broadening.” The first article points out a few examples of leadership from different perspectives. Why the combination of different skills might lead to great team results, why (extreme) transparency could be a good way to develop great output. It is brief but really worth reading:

This article is about the differences of leaders and managers. And why there aren’t as many differences.

And just for the fun of it: Why creativity needs time.

Design in wearables will finally arrive.

About a year ago, I wrote an article on how design is critical to the success of wearable devices. And now, this finally happens: TNW reports that Google set up a partnership with the Luxottica Group, the parent company of Ray-Ban and Oakley. Now, Google Glass may finally loose its image of being a nerdy looking device. I’m really curious about how these devices will look like. As common design companies start their activities, the best is yet to come. So, glasses will start to look like glasses rather than computers attached to glasses.

Besides the  Glass thing, Google announced a new Android project especially for wearables. This platform for smart watches will partner with LG, Motorola and -which is most interesting- Fossil. The time of wearing tech-looking screens on your wrist will be over, soon. There will be more choice for customers and the kind of wearable you have might become a matter of style. Customers will definitely welcome these changes in design and sales of smart-watches will increase.

In the end, we will finally win really good looking and useful products: People will all look like people in the end and not like robots. This is a key factor in the success of wearables.

And still, what is Apple about to do? After a year there is still no wearable iOS-device. Design has always been the (most) important part of  their products. There is rumors and also some inventions and patents for wearable technology but still no evidence about a release soon to come.

Short trip to London.

All is well and getting weller. I just returned from a short trip to London. Was good fun! Have a look at the pictures below. Really interesting are the walking tours with Insider London: We did the Underground Tour. These guys really do have a deep knowledge of this low part of the city.

You may want to check out a small video I shot on the tour:

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