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    Process.3

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    Missing the finer points of process control Few teams truly handle all aspects of their process well. This is not a fatal flaw, but it can be used as an indicator of the maturity of the development team. There are many fine points that should not be overlooked...
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    Process.2

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    Not tracking some metrics It’s easy to get carried away with tracking bug counts, lines of code, person-hours per bug fixed, and on and on, but that’s not a big risk here at Microsoft. We tend to be so anti-bureaucracy, that we shun this kind of process...
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    Process.1

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    Much of the wisdom relating to the development process is well known, but it deserves repeating. Often the difference between in and out of control is in the details. Not using milestones and milestone reviews Virtually every team at Microsoft divides...
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    Show reviews: Death Cab for Cutie.Paramount Theater.Seattle.11092004

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    Up front, I gotta say Death Cab for Cutie's was Transatlanticism one of my favorite cds of the last year. I had it on my ipod snowboarding last winter & it will for a long wile be one of my favorite powder day cd - it's odd how a slower cd works so...
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    Dealing with management...

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    I will admit i say this stuff with a forked tounge, seeing my hair is increasingly moving to having dual pointy bits. One problem i always have is keeping management type people involved in a project consistently over time. Reality is if they are constantly...
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    not posted for a while...

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    i'm still alive. been spending a bunch of time on msi - super stuff - but a bunch of inherant issues. custom actions end up being a compatibility problem but is all anyone ever wants to do. setup is always a weird place on every project i've worked on...
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    Show Review:Tom Waits.paramount.Seattle.10182004

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    Last night dive bars in Seattle had a bad night. The Tom Waits show at the Paramount caused a clear out of bitter old barflys form their normal haunts & had them lying in gutters downtown in droves. Waits tours very rarely (last time was 1999 - he...
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    other things

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    the last post was called communication & chris hit on some some good points. Every screwed up project i have worked on had communication issues at the core. I remember after I moved onto Windows 2000 in the end of 1998, i found out that the team had...
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    Communication

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    Communication, both inside and outside the team, is obviously key. During a post-mortem people often say “there was a lack of communication.” It’s hard to know what that really means. Here are some clues. The “reality distortion field” A key communication...
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    Team

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    Continuing on with Chris williams old old doc, this section is all about: Team The caliber of the team was often called out by the interviewees as a key success factor. While this is relatively obvious, the signs of a problem in this area are less so...
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    So, does this work?

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    I've been wondering if this whole blogging thing is worth it. Back in Windows 2000 we had the problem of people leaking our internal mails (usually direct to Mary Jo Foley at eWeek). My opinion of how we should handle was to send them every mail - over...
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    stuff

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    Continuing on with the old doc I found on out of control projects, here is the next installment. It's not by me - it was written by Chris Williams in 1995. This section is called Product: It’s often easy to look at the product itself and judge whether...
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    Focus

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    A couple of weeks ago my friend, Dean Hachamovitch (a man with a particularly tough job - he runs the Internet Explorer group - he took it over earlier this year so it's not all his fault - check out this video he did on channel9 http://channel9.msdn...
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    billie jo blogs

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    bj, with whom i work is now blogging http://blogs.msdn.com/Billiejm
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    stuff

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    Spending the morning writing a presentation I'm giving in a couple of weeks. Didn't do as much as i would have liked, but oh well... My meetings start up soon - the first is our weekly meeting looking at windows server sp1. i spend a bit of time on this...
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    101

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    I realized this OneNote they put in the latest version of office is actually a good tool to just rip a line in this thing. I was listening to Tom Wait's Alice, but moved onto Nick Cave's best of…) Nick Cave had to be one of the loudest shows I've ever...
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    so - me

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    (i am listening to stephen malkmus' self titled cd while writing this.) who the hell am i really (he removes his invisibility cloak). my geekness. I work on Windows Server at Microsoft. My job is Program Management but i also have some development bits...
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    music

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    here is stuff i like (randomly): category 1 best records of all time: Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden . weird & strange record i first heard in i guess around 1986 or something. i think it was winter in sydney & it changed my head space. i think it...
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    hello cruel world...

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    I was sitting here thinking "hmmm no blog. maybe i should try that." me: - australian - live - seattle - married to melanie - dogs named lilly & max - i like making noise - i like my motorbike - snowboarding && being a geek. more to follow...
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