Chris Flaat's WebLog

Discussion of software processes and MSFT developer technologies.

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    New version of Sid Meier's "Pirates!" is a winner

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    Well, I got the game Pirates! for Christmas, and I have to say it’s one of the best games I’ve played in a long time. I was an addict of the original version back in the 80’s, and so I had high hopes for it. It doesn’t disappoint – it has many great components...
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    Update on Scrum

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    Greetings all - Our use of Scrum is continuing, and we’re still quite happy with it. Our second sprint (numbered “sprint 3” to line up with our previous milestone numbering) was fairly successful and we had a lot of good representation from management...
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    Comments on first scrum sprint

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    Hi all - Wanted to reply to a couple of comments about my prior entry about having completed our first scrum sprint. A reader named Laurent May writes: "What software tools did you use to manage your sprint development methodology? We are are currently...
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    First Scrum sprint complete!

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    Dear Readers - I'm happy to report that our first Scrum sprint has completed, and it seems to have gone quite well. We had a clear plan of what to do, delivered on the sprint goal (with one caveat), and have done our planning for the next sprint. I really...
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    MSBuild wiki on Channel 9 goes live

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    MSBuild now has a wiki spot here on Channel 9. You can also find a video of some of our team doing a bug triage. Perhaps more useful is the MSBuild FAQ which also under our wiki. Enjoy! Chris
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    Come join the MSBuild team!!

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    MSBuild is one of the coolest technologies in Microsoft's Developer Division, and it also happens to be what I work on! We have a job opening for a Software Design Engineer, and are looking for world-class candidates. Here are some of the things we do...
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    Continued progress on our first sprint

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    Yesterday was an interesting day. It was day 9 of our first sprint (named "sprint 2" to synch with the milestone numbering we'd been using). First we had a short review of our status (not an official sprint review, just a brief "state of the project"...
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    Thanks for the Scrum support!

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    Thanks for the supportive comments about my last post. I am aware of the scrumdevelopment mailing list and wade through it periodically, although I find it kind of like drinking from a fire hose! At the Certified ScrumMaster class I heard about ScrumWiki...
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    Beginning our first Scrum sprint on Monday

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    Well, it's finally about to happen. I did a short presentation to get the team educated about Scrum (they seem excited about it), and we did our backlog selection and sprint backlog planning meetings yesterday. The sprint begins on Monday. I'm pretty...
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    Newly minted Scrum Master

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    I now face the world as a Certified Scrum Master. Of course, I should note that Ken Schwaber practically chuckles at that term and points out that all he's certifying is that you learned something in the class, and he doesn't even verify that much. However...
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    Oil and water...chlorine and ammonia...Scrum and big companies?

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    Well, my dear readers, I now have a dangerous idea in my head. One of the projects I'm responsible for is a very important but someone obscure effort involving a relatively small number of people. This project has been plagued with many common misfortunes...
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    Soon to be indoctrinated by Ken Schwaber

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    After having an interest in Scrum for a while now after reading Agile Software Development with Scrum , I'm finally going to an in-person 2-day course on Scrum by Ken Schwaber when his roadshow makes it to Seattle. I've heard interesting things from folks...
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    Headhunters on the prowl

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    I am so jazzed...I've been at Microsoft for 11 years, often prowling public places with my MSFT account, and yet until today I've never had an outside recruiter come after me. But, my drought is finally up. "Barbara" (do they use aliases, I wonder?) called...
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    Command-line build (devenv /build, MSBuild, etc.)

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    In the comments about a post I made a year ago about devenv /build ( here ), a person named Peter just a couple weeks ago made the following comment: When we use IDE to build a project, we have the file(s) checked-out, and IDE will build the changes ...
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    Back from the brink

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    Jimmy Buffet: "...like a man just released from indenture" Supertramp: "...like a ship without an anchor...like a slave without a chain..." Frank N. Furter: "I'm going home" OK, it's not quite as extreme as the legendary Transylvanian's final trip home...
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    Back from Easter Island and Chile

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    I had a great time on Easter Island.  The pics are here .  I'm having trouble getting Easter Island out of my head -- more than any other place I've visited overseas, it calls me to return. Take care! -Chris
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    Hello from ASP.NET!!

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    Greetings all -   We've been moved (not voluntarily, I might add) to this new blog server.  So far it looks like this a nicer system.  Hopefully my old content will get moved over soon so that this blog isn't split up.   Thanks for reading! Chris
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    My blog is moving

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    Dear Readers -   Please be advised that my blog is moving to http://weblogs.asp.net/cflaat  (but I don't have any content there yet).  See you there soon. Chris  
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    Management tour of duty

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    Greetings, all!   My apologies again for doing such a bad job of keeping you up to date.   I have been absorbed with my duties as interim development manager for our team, and have not had much time to delve into the various technical things...
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    MSBuild talk at PDC

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    Hi all -   So, as I mentioned in an earlier blog entry , Alex Kipman & Rajeev Goel are going to do a PDC presentation on MSBuild (the new build engine we’re including with Whidbey).   If you’re going to the PDC, be...
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    Career crossroads

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    Greetings all –   My apologies for being a bit out of touch for the last few weeks.   There have been several “fires” burning that I’ve had to deal with, plus a short vacation for my 10-year college reunion a couple weeks ago....
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    Have to recommend "Whale Rider"

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    So, I saw the movie Whale Rider this weekend, and I have to say it's one of the best movies I've seen in a long time.  Reading a synopsis of the film you wouldn't think much of it, but it really grabs you.  The girl who plays the lead role...
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    Introducing MSBuild

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    Hi all -   More stuff has come online.  See here for a little blurb about MSBuild, which is what we're calling our cool new build engine that will ship along with Whidbey. -Chris
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    PDC 2003 tracks announced

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    Greetings, all!   Microsoft has announced the broad outline of the material to be presented at the PDC 2003.   See here for the list of tracks & presentations.   Under the “Languages and Tools” section you’ll...
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    Feature creep: the bane of big software projects

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    Greetings all!   Today something happened which got me thinking about one of the nastiest problems in software development: feature creep.   This is when the feature set of a product morphs and grows to the point where it’s a significantly...
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