Software Development is a Team Sport!

The intersection of agility and Visual Studio Team System...

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    Capacity vs. Velocity

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    My team just completed a discussion - at times a rather passionate discussion - about what work items we should be tracking in TFS. Sanjeev , our PM, argued in favor of tracking everything we do - except meetings. I, lead dev and agile purist that I am...
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    The most interesting conversations...

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    I ate dinner tonight with six other people from Seattle. I knew all but one of them before coming to Denver. Besides the keynote, I don't think I've attended a single session with any of them. It was a fantastic opportunity to recap the conference. ...
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    No more war rooms...

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    My good friend Darrell Snow recently blogged about his dislike of the term “war room.” I couldn’t agree more. I usually use either “team room” or “collaborative space.” But, I agree with Darrell there, too. They both lack pizazz. Here are a few alternate...
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    Agile 2005 Keynote

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    I’m blown away by the turnout for this conference! They’re actually screening participants for a Kent Beck tutorial scheduled for Thursday. I think all 675 attendees wanted to be there. All of the sessions seem to be full. Brian Marick started the...
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    Unit Testing Goes Pro!

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    According to Naysawn Naderi , VSTS PM for Developer Oriented Testing, "the majority of the unit testing features of Team System" will be available in the Pro level SKU with the upcoming release of Visual Studio Orcas. This is fantastic news because...
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    CNN International was just here...

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    A CNN International crew from Hong Kong was just here filming the patterns & practices agile development space . They were working on a feature program called Global Office. They filmed me while I pretended to be reading email on Peter’s laptop while...
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    Definition: Iterative and Incremental Development

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    Agile software development methods are often described as being forms of something called iterative and incremental development (or, IID). But, what does that mean? I went looking for an answer recently, and was surprised to find a single, simple definition...
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    VSTS Guidance

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    A few years ago, patterns & practices published a book entitled Team Development with Visual Studio .NET and Visual SourceSafe . The book offered solid advice for teams developing software atop .NET using Visual Studio and Visual SourceSafe. It covered...
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    Agile 2007

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    I will be attending Agile 2007 in Washington, D.C. next week. In my capacity as Vendor Talks Chair, I will be moderating the vendor talks in Meeting Room 3 on both Tuesday and Thursday. Drop me a note if you're attending the conference. I'd love to...
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    Agile 2007: Having Fun with Rails & Agile Development

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    In 90 minutes, Garg, Matt and David built a working web photo sharing web site. Garg played customer. David played whip-cracker (um... PM), and David did all the heavy lifting with Rails. This talk was a high level introduction to the speed and power...
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    Agile 2007: The First Thing to Build - Trust on Agile Teams

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    Diana Larsen is a special sort of nut. She's an organizational development and communications expert, not a technologist. Her sessions touch on many of the softer skills necessary to thrive on a team (any team, not just an Agile team). I've been seeking...
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    More to come!

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    I'm still working on my posts summarizing the Agile 2007 sessions. But, I'm also trying to ship some updates to the TFS process templates right now. I'll kept good notes. So, the conference may be a faint memory, but I will get my thoughts up here. In...
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    Ade Miller's New Blog

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    Our resident p&p Brit has moved his blog. You can now find Ade Miller's thoughts here: http://ademiller.com/blogs/tech/ . Check it out.
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    I've moved...

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    My blog has a new home. You can find me at http://ridlehoover.com .
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    Blog Tag

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    How nice of Peter Provost AND Ade Miller to both tag my blog. I feel special. Actually, they're probably just checking to make sure I'm reading their blogs. (Ha!) I'll play along, but only because I (finally) found five more victims. You already know...
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    In Memoriam

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    Martha C. Turner (1911-2007) My grandmother died Monday of natural causes. She was 95 years old. And, until about a month ago, she was living at home, driving to church, and doing her own cooking and shopping. She was as sweet and gentle as she was...
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    Agile Prioritization

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    Joel Spolsky and Dmitri Zimine mixed it up last November over whether or not to interrupt a team in the middle of an iteration. I'm pretty late to this thread. But, I think I have something to add. So, here goes... Dmitri started the thread by arguing...
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    Spam

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    Due to the number of spam comments I've been receiving (and moderating) lately, I've been forced to limit the length of time that you may comment on a post. I'm hoping this will reduce the amount of time I spend moderating the blog. If you have something...
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    Crucial Conversations

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    Need to fire someone? That's probably going to be a crucial conversation. Need to talk to your spouse about the fact that they are having an affair? That's almost certain to become to be a crucial conversation. Need to gently, but firmly ask your pair...
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    Commitments

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    Like most organizations, Microsoft is keen on rewarding people who go above and beyond. Defining what “above and beyond” looks like for every individual in the company is a process we do annually called “Commitments.” As an organization...
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    Buckshot Brainstorming

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    When my team is stuck, I like to break the log jam with a bit of brainstorming. I've had good luck with this well known technique. Maybe you will, too. I call the technique "Buckshot Brainstorming." Here's how it works: Get the team together Pick...
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    Mugridge on Fit

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    How could I pass up the opportunity to hear Rick Mugridge talk about Expressing Business Rules in Fit? Um… What is Fit? And, who is Rick Mugridge? Fit is an open-source framework for the automation of acceptance tests. And, Rick is a leading contributor...
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    The Player Coach

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    Troy Frever of Aviarc (and a fellow member of the Seattle XP board) described his role of lead dev and XP coach as a “player coach.” I immediately thought of Pete Rose. But, upon reflection, I’m not sure Pete is a good metaphor. Sure Pete coached the...
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    Who is responsible for testing?

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    If I were to ask you, “Who is responsible for quality?” you’d likely answer, “Everyone.” But, if I were to ask you, “Who is responsible for testing?” would your answer be the same? This afternoon I attended a tutorial session entitled Agile Testing...
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    Off with a bang!

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    The two sessions I attended today were, for me, the best of the conference. Storytest-Driven Development with Max Baumann and Gil Broza was the best overview of Fit that I’ve yet encountered. And, Diana Larsen & Pollyanna Pixton were wonderful on...
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