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  • Blog Post: ScrumBut

    I worked on my first XP project with John Boal. He recently did a post on ScrumBut . I have mentioned ScrumBut and Scrummerfall before, but this is a good, quick read with a few good tips. A lot of the concepts carry over to XP as well. I'll add something though: Make sure your stories have acceptance...
  • Blog Post: Acceptance Testing Guidance

    On Monday, Grigori and I kicked off a new project: Acceptance Testing Guidance Actually, we kicked off a pre-project planning project. In two to three weeks, we need to decide if there is enough demand for guidance on acceptance testing to warrant a real project, determine the scope of the project, generate...
  • Blog Post: Ideal Days Aren't...

    Mitch has an interesting post ( http://blogs.msdn.com/mitchl/default.aspx ) that talks about ideal developer days, and he hits the nail on the head... There are no ideal developer days.... Ever. Planning and estimating using them is kidding yourself, since there is always something that keeps folks from...
  • Blog Post: "We are doing Scrum, BUT..."

    Eric Gunnerson has a great post on ScrumBut . As a ScrumMaster (certified, certifiable, whatever) I agree with what he says completely. I've said it before when talking about Brad's ScrummerFall post , but Eric sums it up very well. ScrumBut is NOT Scrum. 12 week iterations are not short and completely...
  • Blog Post: Why Did I Go Agile? Part Three: Scrum

    In my other posts in this series, I shared why I was open to trying agile ideas, and I discussed how and why I adopted TDD ( Part One: An Open Mind and Part Two: TDD ). At the end of the project cycle that sold me on TDD, I was approached by one of the PMs in MSN ( Mitch Lacey ) to work on another project...
  • Blog Post: Agile 2006 Follow-up

    The conference was good. The weather was way too hot, but that is another issue entirely. I attended a number of good sessions and a few dull ones. There was not really anything in the middle. There was also not a lot in the middle as far as experience. Most things seemed to be aimed at the beginner...
  • Blog Post: Another Agile blog at Microsoft

    I know that there a quite a few agilists at Microsoft. In my reading over the weekend, I saw this blog ( Only Passionate People Win ) by Young Joo, and I had to comment. Here are a few of his posts on agile topics with my comments: Abusing Agile Amen. You still do not get it! I remember the...
  • Blog Post: Bad Agile Definitions

    A friend of mine (John Boal) has created a site ( The Committee for UN-SCRUM Activities ) where he has the ultimate bad definition for the term "Agile": Agile 1. The ability to use popular buzzwords like "sprint" and "scrum" without having to really change our attitudes or the old-school way you...
  • Blog Post: Agile Game Development

    Now this is an interesting article on applying agile development in a part of the industry that has not historically been agile. It also covers the basics principles of agile development and has a short overview of Scrum.
  • Blog Post: How do you keep your daily stand-up on track?

    This question came up recently, "How do you keep your daily stand-up on track?" I answered by sharing what worked for me. The way teams I have been on (and teams I have helped coach) kept things tracking was we agreed to the rules: Everyone must answer the three questions. (What did I do? What...
  • Blog Post: Presenting at the Agile 2006 International Conference

    A while back , I mentioned the Agile 2006 Conference . At the time I was working on an Experience Report, "How Not To Do Agile Testing," which I'll be presenting at the conference. The paper highlights my experiences in MSN as our team adopted Scrum, focusing on the challenges we encountered around testing...
  • Blog Post: Survey: Scrum Challenges

    Here’s another survey, targeting Scrum. Let me know what your challenges with Scrum have been. Is there anything keeping you from using Scrum? What sort of show-stoppers have you run into? Did Scrum not work for your team? What was the toughest challenge you had adopting Scrum? What was the...
  • Blog Post: p&p Team Space Update

    While we are still not moved in to the new space, a few folks are using their laptops to camp and it try out. I acquired a few candid pictures (thanks Steve Elston) to show off the new area. The above picture shows one of the largest workrooms in the space and a few folks (Eugenio Pace, Alan Ridlehoover...
  • Blog Post: p&p Team Space

    Today, I only have time for a short note. Rather than do anything technical, I figured I let people in on what is going on in p&p. A while back, Darrell Snow mentioned the new team-oriented collaboration space that the patterns & practices team was building. Well, it is just about done, and...
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