Software Development is a Team Sport!

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

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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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    Continuous Integration

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    This week, I spent some time learning Team Build and configuring a build server for Continuous Integration (CI). I’ll tell you more about that experience in a separate post. But, before I go there, I want to make sure everyone is on the same page. ...
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    Piloting TFS Beta 3

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    A few weeks ago, Microsoft released the third beta of Team Foundation Server (TFS). If you are not familiar with it, TFS is an integrated suite of enterprise software development tools, including source code management, work item tracking, build automation...
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    Installing TFS Beta 3

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    I alluded to the fact that it took us a couple of tries to get the TFS Beta 3 install right in a prior post . Here’s the full story… If at first you don’t succeed… To begin, we chose to implement a dual-server deployment, because we anticipated...
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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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    A note on personal information security...

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    Three weeks ago, a bag containing my corporate laptop and ID was stolen from my car in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C. Suffice to say, it has not been a pleasant experience. I thought I’d mention it here to warn you of a few things that I’d never considered...
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    Agile Software Development Survey

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    Microsoft patterns & practices is considering guidance offerings around the topic of Agile Software Development. Like many of you, we build software using Agile tools and techniques like test-driven development, continuous integration, and iterative...
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    It happens every time...

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    <RANT> It happens every time I start a new project. Team Foundation Server makes me choose a process template when I create a new Team Project. But, since I’m not happy with any of the process templates I’ve tried so far (MSF Agile, Conchango...
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    TFS Beta 3 Refresh

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    Today is the day! Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 are now available for download by MSDN subscribers. And, Team Foundation Server is releasing Beta 3 Refresh to stay in sync with the RTM bits. Since most of us in patterns & practices have...
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    Agile 2006

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    Well, here I am at Agile 2006. So far, it’s been a good show. Here’s the list of sessions I’ve attended: Are Agilists the Bonobos of Software Development (Linda Rising) Refactoring Games (Alan Harriman & Josh Kerievsky) Demonstrating Responsibility...
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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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    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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    Windows Live Writer

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    I'm giving the new Windows Live Writer blog editor a try to see whether I like it as much as my trusy BlogJet. It's way too early to tell at this point, but Live Writer seems to have potential. I really like the Web Preview view.
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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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    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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    Gandhi on Agile

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    Okay, Gandhi never said anything about Agile, per sé. But, he did talk about change. And, in many organisations, Agile is a huge change to the status quo. So, perhaps there is something for us to learn from a very wise, very successful change agent. ...
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    Soma's Take on Transparency

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    In my quest to acclimate myself to the MS world, I’ve been poking around a bit. Today, I found a great post on transparency by S. (Soma) Somaseger, head of the Developer Division at Microsoft. It’s already nine months old. But, it’s new to me. And, it...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Whoa!

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    This piece of software just crossed my keyboard: MindManager X5 Pro . I was already familiar with mind maps. Kent Beck uses them extensively. And, I’d seen similar software like The Brain . But, MindManager is so much more than just a mind mapping tool...
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