Archive for October, 2006

Adventures in Agility, The Sequel

Friday, October 27th, 2006

  So for almost the last three years I've been working for the Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) team as a Developer and then more recently as a Development Lead. In that time I've learnt a lot about large scale software development on one of, if not the largest windows ...

Blog list: Blog list

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

My climbing blogBrad Wilson - The .NET GuyEspresso Fueled Agile DevelopmentMartin FowlerAgile Development; Thoughts & StuffGeek NoiseAlan Ridlehoover's Half a PairStephen Cohen's thoughts on Enterprise ArchitectureJoel on SoftwareEric Gunnerson's C# CompendiumBrian Button - One Agile CoderAgile Management BlogJames Newkirk's BlogInfoQJo Cranford - Spike the Poodle

Do What You Want, See If I Care

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

  This post got me thinking "ABUSING AGILE". Ring any bells? How about Scrumerfall or ScrumBut? Know any practicing Scrumerfall or ScrumBut teams? The fact that people are coming up with words for this stuff is worrying. You don't create a word for a one off. If there's a word for something, ...

CruiseControl.NET for Running Static Analysis – Part 2

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Writing a Custom CruiseControl.NET On Idle Trigger So the other day I figured out how to hook up CCMetrics output alongside FxCop to get CruiseControl.NET doing some static analysis. As promised this covers how to configure the CC.NET service to run integrations when the machine is idle. The obvious approach is to ...

Context Switching and “Slack”

Friday, October 13th, 2006

  So someone on my team sent the following link around last week - "The Multi-Tasking Myth". Tom DeMarco says pretty much the same thing in his book "Slack" - which I've been reading the past couple of weeks, but haven't quite finished. The number he uses is 15 minutes but ...

CruiseControl.NET for Running Static Analysis – Part 1

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

So I've been playing around with CruiseControl.NET this week. What I'd like it to do is run a bunch more static analysis tools in background on my machine. We have some similar tools at Microsoft for doing static analysis on developer machines so the code is constantly checked. This allows ...

Book List: Recommended

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Recommended Craig Larman: Agile & Iterative Development, A Manager's Guide Good overview of several popular agile processes Ken Schwaber: Agile Project Management with Scrum Companion book to Ken's course Barry Boehm, Richard Turner: Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed Mark F. Twight: Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast, and High Kent Beck, Cynthia Andres: Extreme ...


Monday, October 2nd, 2006

As you can see I'm currently reading "Head First Design Patterns". This is all part of my strategy to not grow pointy hair and glaze over when developers talk code to me. After all what good is a lead who can't mentor their team?  Despite the dubious cover this turns out to ...