Thursday, October 13, 2005 – 1:45 PM
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 to manage our development process. I was lucky enough to get to attend Ken Schwaber’s two day Certified ScrumMaster course. So I got officially certified, although there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that was always the case right?
We’re not alone at Microsoft, there are a bunch of teams using Scrum. Several of them have been gracious enough to help us out getting started; sitting in on our Product Backlog planning and Daily Scrums. As well as offering a host of other advice.
So now we’re half way through our first sprint. Things seem to be going OK. I’ll be writing more about what I’ve learnt about ScrumMastering soon.