What’s the best online story estimation tool you ask? Well, Story Estimate sounds like one of the best options out there. Sure, I may be a little biased, since I wrote it, but still, it’s pretty good.
Nonetheless, I’ll pretend to be impartial and give a “fair” overview of several options.
- Story Estimate – free, presents a modern UI, has no known vulnerabilities. It allows to use multiple estimation techniques (planning poker, T-shirt sizes…), including custom ones (specify whatever you want for your votes). Registered users can see additional statistics, including how their vote compare to the rest of the team. Simple to use. Best of all, it is written by me. What not to like?
- Planning Poker – the original planning poker. Free tier is limited (up to 5 players), paid version has some nice integrations with other tools (JIRA, TFS…). It’s a little more complicated, takes a little longer to setup, requires a user account.
- PlanITPoker – Doesn’t require an account, although you can create one. It is a little more involved to setup, but not bad in terms of functionality.