Aaron Bjork

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