Archive for October, 2005

No Email!

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

Here's an idea that got floated out of the cross functional team that did the majority of the work on VSTO for Outlook... "Don't use email to resolve development issues in the ten days before major deadlines." VSTO and Outlook guru John Durrant sent me the slide deck this was on so I ...

Hurricane Wilma – Don’t do today what you can put off to tomorrow

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

So my "Agile Vacation" to Belize is in full swing. I've been and had a bunch of shots for various things and have a taxi to the airport booked. I even bought some new travelling pants in honour of the trip - REI had them on sale.   Wilma looks like it'll ...

Ward Cunningham leaves Microsoft

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Just under two years ago Ward started at Microsoft. I started the same day and Ward turned out to be the guy sitting next to me at New Employee Orientation. Obviously I was psyched to find Microsoft hiring people like Ward, and others, whom I hoped would get Microsoft thinking ...

Scrum – Lessons Learnt #1

Friday, October 14th, 2005

  We had an additional chicken at the VSTO Frameworks Team Daily Scrum on Wednesday. Bernie, one of the Microsoft Engineering Excellence guys came over to see how we were doing. He's been using Scrum for a while and had some great feedback. I thought I'd share it here... Don't use the ...

Certified Scrum

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

I'm Certified!   The VSTO team has been working at ways to improve our agility for quite a while. During the second half of the Whidbey (Visual Studio 2005) ship cycle we've been slowly ramping up some supporting agile practices; continuous integration and some unit testing.   Recently we've taken the plunge and started using Scrum ...

Extreme Blogging

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

"If blogging is good then we'll blog every day." My boss5, Soma, has a blog. I work for Eric Carter as part of the Visual Studio Tools for Office Team at Microsoft, they have blogs as do a stack of other people on VSTO. See... everyone has a blog. Because blogs ...