Aaron Bjork

A few thoughts and comments from a PM working on TFS...
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    Sprint Mails

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    A few weeks ago at the 2013 ALM Summit I gave a presentation titled Un-Managing Agile Teams covering my perspective on how to create healthy environments for agile development teams. The full talk is available at the link above. During the talk I shared...
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    Team Foundation Service Updates 8/27

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    Today we deployed another set of incremental updates to Team Foundation Service. Details are available here: http://tfspreview.com/en-us/home/news/2012/sep-17/
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    Agile Tip #9 – Motivation 2.0

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    In last month’s column of Visual Studio Magazine we talked about Dan Pink’s book DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us and how it relates to motivating Agile teams. If you haven’t read Drive, I’d recommend you pick up a copy. For a quick...
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    Agile Tip #8 – Planning and Learning

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    My column in this month’s issue of Visual Studio Magazine talks about the value gained by Agile teams as they plan and learn.
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    An Agile Retrospective by Jeff Sutherland

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    Jeff Sutherland, one of the founders of Scrum, recently wrote an artilce on MSDN titled " Ten Year Agile Retrospective: How We Can Improve In The Next Ten Years ". The article captures key takeways (ten years later) from the original signatories of the...
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    VS 2010 and TFS 2010 How-To Videos

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    Esther Fan posted a nice set of how-to videos yesterday focusing on VS 2010 and TFS 2010. Check them out here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vstsue/archive/2011/06/15/videos-about-visual-studio-alm-team-foundation-server-2010-on-msdn.aspx
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    Agile Tip #7 – Learning From the Past

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    Retrospective meetings have been commonplace in software development teams for many years. Teams hold a meeting at the end of a project or milestone to discuss successes and failures.  They use the data from that meeting to look for ways to create...
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    Agile Tip #6 – An Effective Daily Stand-up Meeting

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    Yesterday, I published my first installment of a new monthly column I’ll be writing for Visual Studio Magazine .  The column will focus on Agile practices and how to use them effectively on your teams.  The first installment focuses on holding...
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    Professional Scrum with TFS 2010 Released!

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    Today, Wrox released Professional Scrum with Team Foundation Server 2010 ! This is a new book I co-authored with Steve Resnick and Michael de la Maza. The book serves as a road map for using Scrum to organize teams and activities and shows you how to...
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    Programmatically Reading Work Item Comments

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    I recently ran across a few posts from people looking for samples on how to programmatically read user comments from TFS work items using the TFS API.  It’s a simple operation, but it might not be clear at first unless you discover that you need...
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    Using the Iteration Backlog Workbook on a CMMI Project

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    The MSF Agile 5.0 process template that shipped with Team Foundation Server 2010 included an Excel workbook designed to help teams plan iterations of work.  Because the workbook was aimed at Agile teams, it wasn’t included in the MSF CMMI 5.0 process...
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    Marking Tasks and Bugs as “Done” During a Check-in

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    In recent weeks, a few different people have asked me how to modify the Scrum template such that a Task or Bug is marked as Done during a check-in.   We left this out of the original state flow because we wanted the done state transition to...
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    SP1 Beta and Project Server Integration Beta

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    The Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2010 SP1 Beta was made available this morning.   You can read about the details on Brian’s blog . And, it’s exciting to see the announcement of the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project...
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    Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose

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    While travelling in Berlin and Antwerp over the past couple of weeks I had a chance to talk about Daniel Pink’s book Drive with a variety of different people.  I read his book for the first time a at the beginning of this year, and am now going through...
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    TechEd Europe 2010 – Watch & Download

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    Below are links to the slides and recordings from my sessions at TechEd Europe.  If you’re interested, all the slides and videos from TechEd can be found here:  http://www.msteched.com/2010/Europe Lessons Learned through Dogfooding http://www...
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    TechEd Europe 2010 – Berlin!

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    I’m off to Berlin next month to attend and present at TechEd Europe 2010 .  I’m giving four different talks over the course of the week: Agile Development with Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010 with Peter Provost An Agile Talk on Agility with Peter...
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    Urban Turtle 3.5

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    The team over at Pyxis has just announced another release (3.5) of Urban Turtle – their Agile planning and tracking add-on for Team Foundation Server 2010.     
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    Visual Studio Magazine Article

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    I wrote an article for the October issue of Visual Studio Magazine on the new Microsoft Visual Studio 1.0 process template.  It’s a basic walk through of how to get started using the Scrum template.  Included in the article is a look at the...
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    Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 Videos

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    Richard Hundhausen has released two webcasts featuring the Microsoft Visual Studio 1.0 process template on Channel 9.  Both include Q&A at the end of the presentation.  Check them out at: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Charles_Sterling/Introducing...
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    Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 – Updated Sprint Burndown Report

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    Last week we updated the new Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 process template to include a fix for the Sprint Burndown report which was found to have a bug that caused an error when viewing the report in non-US locales.  If you created projects...
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    Reporting Blog Posts and Articles

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    For those in the business of modifying reports included in the MSF Agile, MSF CMMI, or Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum process templates, I’ve started collecting a set of blog posts and articles from colleagues, MVPs, and customers who have done a great...
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    Announcing Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0

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    Today we’re releasing the first official version of our latest process template – Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 (formerly known as Team Foundation Server Scrum v1.0 Beta ). If you were following the beta, you know that this template was...
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    MSF Agile 5.0 Guidance in Word Format

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    Leonard Woody has produced a copy of the MSF Agile 5.0 process guidance in Word format if you’re interested in downloading.  Great for printing and reading offline.  Thanks Leonard!
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    How does MSF CMMI 4.2 compare to MSF CMMI 5.0?

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    I’ve had a few people ask me about the key differences between the CMMI template shipped in TFS 2008 and how it compares to the new MSF CMMI 5.0 process template that shipped with TFS 2010 so I thought I’d detail some of the big differences.  First...
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    Announcing Team Foundation Server Scrum v1.0 Beta

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    7/19/2010 Update - this post applies to the beta release of this template. For details on the RTW please see this updated post . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Today , we’re announcing and releasing a brand new process template…...
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