Aaron Bjork

A few thoughts and comments from a PM working on TFS...
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    Urban Turtle with MSF Agile 5.0 and Visual Studio 2010

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    Are you using sticky notes and index cards on a whiteboard or team wall?  Well, if you are using the new MSF Agile 5.0 process template and Visual Studio 2010, you may want to have a look at Urban Turtle , a product from Pyxis, one of our VSIP partners...
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    Agile Tip #5 – Learn to Love Acceptance Criteria

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    Tip #5 : Start to love and embrace acceptance criteria. Ask 10 mature agile teams “ How do you know when you’re ‘ done done ’?” and you’ll get the same answer from each one… get serious about writing acceptance...
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    Agile Tip #4 – Plan Using Velocity

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    Tip #4: Use velocity when planning iterations. Before you plan an iteration it’s critical that your team understands its velocity. A team’s velocity is the number of story points that it can complete in a single iteration. Put even more...
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    Agile Tip #3 – Story Point Scales

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    Tip #3 : Choose a meaningful story points scale for estimating user stories. The MSF Agile 5.0 template uses story points as the estimation unit for items on the product backlog (User Stories). The field itself is a double and supports different number...
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    Agile Tip #2 – Simple User Story Titles

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    Tip #2 : Write short/simple titles for each user story. In the MSF Agile 5.0 process, requirements are collected in the form of User Stories . This technique of expressing product requirements has become extremely popular in recent years as the Agile...
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    Agile Tips

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    With the launch of Visual Studio 2010 last week I thought it would helpful to start a series of blog posts on how you can make the most out of the TFS 2010 process templates. If you’ve been following any of the beta releases you know that MSF Agile 5...
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    Agile Tip #1 – Epics and Themes

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    Tip #1 : Organize your product backlog into epics and themes using parent/child relationships. It’s common to say that user stories should be small – you want the team to be able to complete the implementation of a user story in a single...
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    Visual Studio Certified Process Template Program

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    With the launch and release of Visual Studio 2010 we’re pleased to announce the new Visual Studio Certified Process Template Program .  Visual Studio certified process templates are high quality templates created by certified partners from the Visual...
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    Downloading Unbound Agile Workbooks

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    I’ve had a few people ask where they can get unbound (not connected to a team project) copies of the Agile workbooks so I’ve written this quick post to show where you can download them.  The unbound workbooks are stored in the process template and...
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    Agile Project Management with TFS 2010

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    I posted an update on slideshare to my Scrum with TFS 2010 presentation.  The slide deck walks through in detail how to do Scrum with the new MSF for Agile 5.0 process template.  The deck goes into detail on managing your product backlog, planning...
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    Being Prompted to Save Your Process Guidance?

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    I’ve heard from a few customers that after installing Team Foundation Server 2010 with SharePoint 2010 they are now being prompted to save process guidance when opening it from within their Team Explorer.  SharePoSharePoint 2010 has changed their...
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    MSF Agile/CMMI 5.0 Process Guidance

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    The final versions of the MSF Agile 5.0 and MSF CMMI 5.0 process guidance for Visual Studio 2010 are now live on MSDN.
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    Process Guidance Now Online in Team Foundation Server 2010

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    One of the big changes made to the Agile & CMMI process templates in 2010 was to move the guidance outside of the process template itself and into MSDN (the guidance was shipped in past versions as a set of HTML files provisioned on SharePoint at...
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    Customizing Report Parameters for Team Foundation Server 2010

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    John Socha-Leialoha recently posted a great article on how to modify the default report parameters for any of the reports that ship in the Team Foundation Server process templates – MSF for Agile and MSF for CMMI.  It’s quite common to want to change...
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    How does MSF Agile 4.2 compare to MSF Agile 5.0?

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    With the public release of Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta2 I thought I’d post some of key differences between the process templates shipped with 2008 product and the new process templates shipping with 2010. This post will focus on the new MSF for Agile...
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    Setting a Default Dashboard in TFS 2010

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    I’ve been asked more than a few times recently how you can set the default page in the new Team Foundation Server 2010 project portal dashboards. Depending on which version of SharePoint you’re running a default dashboard is pre-selected for you when...
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    Sprint Planning in TFS 2010

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    I wanted to post a few screen shots of the updated Iteration Backlog workbook that will be shipping in Beta2 as a part of the the MSF for Agile Software Development v5.0 process template.  The workbook has been completely redesigned to incorporate...
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    Enabling the Iteration Backlog Workbook on an Upgraded Team Project

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    NOTE:  THE STEPS OUTLINED IN THIS POST ONLY APPLIED TO TFS 2010 BETA 2.  PLEASE SEE THIS POST FOR THE SIMPLIFIED RTM STEPS.  Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2010 Beta2 introduces new features and capabilities to help agile teams with planning...
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    Enabling the Product Backlog Workbook on an Upgraded Team Project

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    NOTE:  THE STEPS OUTLINED IN THIS POST ONLY APPLIED TO TFS 2010 BETA 2.  PLEASE SEE THIS POST FOR THE SIMPLIFIED RTM STEPS.  Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2010 Beta2 introduces new features and capabilities to help agile teams with planning...
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    Team Foundation Server 2010 - Where Are My Reports?

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    If you’ve upgraded your Team Foundation Server to Team Foundation Server 2010 you’re probably wondering what happened to all your existing reports. Your Team Project works great after the upgrade, but it all your existing reports are now missing! Not...
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    Agile Planning Tools in TFS 2010

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    Ajoy Krishnamoorthy wrote a great article earlier this year describing the new Agile Planning Excel workbooks that our team built for the 2010 release of Team Foundation Server. It’s definitely worth checking out… http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us...
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    Reports in TFS 2010… it’s getting easier

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    Brian Keller has just posted a video on Channel9 that shows off some of the new reporting features coming in Team Foundation Server 2010. http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/10-4/10-4-Episode-13-No-More-Late-Surprises/ If you’ve done any reporting from Team...
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    Slide Deck Insanity

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    In recent years I find myself spending more and more time staring at PowerPoint slides.  I'm either: 1.  Preparing a presentation and working on the supporting slides. 2.  Sitting in meetings watching a PowerPoint presentation. I've always...
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