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  • Blog Post: p&p Symposium attendees – where are they from?

      Last week Don and I blogged more details about the Symposium here and here and Michael kicked off a new series called Behind the Curtain with a discussion about upcoming p&p events including the Symposium for Episode 1 and followd it up with a discussion on p&p planning for Episode 2....
  • Blog Post: p&p Symposium : Keynotes, Workshops, Sessions and more

      Every fall patterns & practices team hosts an annual p&p event at Microsoft Redmond Campus. This year’s event called “p&p Symposium” is being held Oct 18th-22nd 2010. This year’s event has got a new name and a new price ( it’s only $699 before Aug 31st and $999 after that ) among many...
  • Blog Post: Guidance for the Web from p&p

    I am writing this blog post from India.  I am in Chennai on vacation and having a great time connecting with family and friends. It is a hot and humid and that is to be expected. What is not to be expected though is the traffic pattern here in Chennai. It  is important to watch for what the...
  • Blog Post: pnp Summit videos online

    We concluded another great p&p Summit in Redmond between Nov 3rd and 7th. This event garnered the highest satisfaction score of all the summit held so far. 99% of the attendees indicated they will recommend this summit to others. We have published the recording of the following 3 sessions from the...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Agile Pre Conference Update

    Thanks to those of you that attended the agile pre con at PDC 2008. If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to fill out the eval form to let us know what you liked, what you didn’t and what can we do to make it better the next time. Eval form is here . Slide deck from the Agile Pre Con Several...
  • Blog Post: Sessions on Agile Development at PDC 2008

    PDC 2008 has started already. At least for those of us involved in the pre conferences and the various other events that are happening today. I am here at the Agile Pre Conference and it is underway.   Pic: Grigori kicking off the Agile Pre con. Someone here asked me about Agile Development related...
  • Blog Post: Yeah. I am going to LA. For PDC.

    That's right. If you are going to be at PDC, I look forward to talking to you. Stop by and say hello. I will be happy to share what we are working on at Microsoft p & p . Tell us what you think. Are we focusing on the right areas? What else do you want to us focus on? You will find me mostly at the...
  • Blog Post: "Tools for Agility" - A panel discussion at p&p Summit

    We have been running Microsoft patterns & practices summit for a few years now. The next summit will be held in Redmond between Nov 3rd and 7th. You can learn more about this summit by clicking here .We have an impressive list of keynote speakers for this summit that includes Kent Beck, David Treadwell...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Video: A peek inside a p&p Team Room

    You have heard about the facility at p&p and how it’s built for agile teams. Now get a view inside one of the team rooms at p&p. In this video, I and Ade Miller give you a walkthrough of a team room and show off the various features of it such as writable walls, configurable work space, speaker...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Using Scrum with Visual Studio Team System

    Mike Azocar (one of the authors of the VSTS Lightweight Scrum template) will be presenting: Scrum-tastic Development with Visual Studio Team System and Light Weight Scrum Thursday, September 25 th , 2008 | 9:00am – 10:00am (PDT, Redmond time) https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/mvp/join?id=NR4H9T&role...
  • Blog Post: New Agile Process Template for Team System from NetObjectives

    In an earlier post , I mentioned about NetObjectives "Implementing Agile Development" process template for Visual Studio Team System. Now you can download this template from Templex , a TFS Process Library project in CodePlex. This template was developed by NetObjectives as part of their 5 day hands...
  • Blog Post: Index cards and Team System

    At Microsoft patterns & practices, teams use Visual Studio Team System to manage their agile projects. Index cards are a key tool for agile teams to manage their tasks. Ade Miller from p&p posted this blog detailing two techniques that teams at p&p uses to get the index cards out of TFS work...
  • Blog Post: Did somebody say Agile Pre Con at PDC 2008?

    I sat down with Mary and Grigori during Agile 2008 Conference to talk about their plans for the Agile Pre Conference at PDC 2008. The video is now live in Channel 9. Countdown to PDC2008: Did somebody say Agile Pre Con at PDC? Chat with Mary and Grigori. If you haven't registered yet for PDC...
  • Blog Post: Work Item Migration Utility from Conchango

    Conchango released version 2 of their Scrum for Team System template several months ago. Simon Bennett from Conchango mentioned about the different utilities that their team built along the way. One of them is the "Work Item Migration utility". Here is a link to a blog posting with details on this migration...
  • Blog Post: It's time for some code casting - p&p on Elegant Code Cast

    . Recently Grigori Melnik and I did a code cast with David Starr and Chris Brandsma from Elegant Code . In this code cover we covered a range of topic. Here is an excerpt from the Elegant Code site: "Chris and David were lucky enough to sit down (okay, it was a conference call) with Grigori Melnik...
  • Blog Post: Selected Sessions from Agile 2008 are now available online

    Check this blog post from Grigori with the links to the recorded sessions that are now available online. From Grigori's post: 18 sessions have been recorded, 3 of which are already made available: − Natural Laws of Software Development - Deriving Agile Practices by Ron Jeffries, Chet Hendrickson...
  • Blog Post: TFS and VersionOne

    I am writing this from the Agile 2008 Conference. Michael Leeds from VersionOne informed me that they released their connector to TFS this week. Check out the details here . I am thrilled to see Agile partners building integration into TFS. Update (8/29): Adding a link to the VersionOne's web page...
  • Blog Post: My p&p colleagues at Agile 2008

    You probably saw my post yesterday reg. Agile 2008. I have couple of my colleagues from Microsoft patterns & practices in attendance at Agile 2008 as well. Grigori Melnik is a Program Manager at p&p managing our Enterprise Library project and also working on a new guide on Acceptance Test...
  • Blog Post: Agile 2008 and Visual Studio Team System

    The annual agile conference hosted by Agile Alliance is being held in Toronto this year between Aug 4 th and 8 th ( http://www.agile2008.org ). I am sitting here on my plane to Toronto writing this blog post. Microsoft Visual Studio Team System is a Gold Sponsor of this year's conference. I will be...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 in Channel 9

    I mentioned in an earlier post that I am part of the track team for PDC 2008 . As a team we spend close to 4 hours a week reviewing sessions, breakouts, lunch sessions, demo stations, track lounges and more. Mike Swanson , the content owner for this year's PDC runs these meetings. Mike and Jennifer Ritzinger...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System User Groups

    Some one asked me yesterday for a list of Team System user groups. And Chuck pointed me to his blog post here . This is probably not an exhaustive list. If you know of other Team System user groups that is not on this list, leave a comment here or in Chuck's blog. From Chuck's blog: Domestic VSTS...
  • Blog Post: Tools for Agility - A White paper by Kent Beck

    I as a developer (sure I am in the majority here) paid my dues with practicing waterfall and other bulky process/methodology before I stumbled on agile practices and learned by reading Kent's book on eXtreme Programming (XP). A colleague of mine introduced me to Kent Beck a little over a year ago. Kent...
  • Blog Post: Team System, Agile Development and p&p @ PDC 2008

    This year's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is taking place in Los Angeles between Oct 27 th and 20 th . Check out the conference web site at http:///www.microsoftpdc.com to register and save $200. As a member of a track team, I can tell you that we are working on some great sessions for PDC...
  • Blog Post: Agile Development with Team Foundation Server: Rally and TFS

    Team Foundation Server is a platform for process enactment with a collection of templates including the ones we ship in the box, ones from partners and from the community (See a list of templates at MSDN Process site). These range from MSF Agile template to SCRUM Template to MSF CMMI template and more...
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