Archive for September, 2008

Scrum and Supporting Your Existing Products

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Bugs! How do you handle fixing bugs and enhancement requests on an existing release of your product while your team(s) are working on the next release? Typically as you start work on a new version of your product there will be bugs or enhancement requests coming in from users of ...

Windows Home Server and Squeezebox

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

So having got my home server up and running I finally got around to getting music streaming off it into my living room with a Logitech Squeezebox Duet. First off this is not an appliance, it's a science project, albeit a really good one. I spent a happy hour fiddling ...

Peek Inside a Microsoft patterns & practices Team Room

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Last week we did a video of the patterns & practices team spaces at Microsoft. This short video focuses on the team rooms and how we use some of their unique features as we develop our deliverables and work with distributed teams. The video is now posted on Channel 9.

Building a Green Windows Home Server: A Quieter Server

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

I did some more experimenting with this tonight and it turns out my choice of fans is pretty sub optimal. The principle cause of noise in this system in the CPU cooler and case fan. Getting these fans to run slower when they're not needed is the key to making ...

Smallest-Scale Commercially-Available Map

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Many years ago, when I was doing astronomy, I used to work with Michael Merrifield. Recently I discovered he is now in the art business. The picture on the left is of his map of the universe sculpture. Michael uses a laser to engrave data from astronomical surveys into a ...

Microsoft PDC Agile Pre-Conference

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

This year at PDC 2008 we'll be running an Agile Pre-Conference. I'm not going to be there but p&p's Grigori Melnik will be. He'll be presenting this session with Mary Poppendieck. You can hear Grigori and Mary talking about who they are an how they got into Agile in this new Channel9 video. ...

Visual Studio Team System and Scrum Task Boards

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Teams at patterns & practices use Visual Studio Team System to run their projects. Here are a couple of approaches for getting a traditional Scrum or XP task board experience with Team System; creating paper task cards from Team System using Word's mail merge feature and the Conchango Scrum for ...

Microsoft Virtual TechDays… The Aftermath

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

It was a little odd speaking to two hundred people in India via Live Meeting while actually sitting in a completely empty office in Redmond at 1am. The biggest thing you miss is any feedback from the audience. Are they bored or sleeping? Are they shaking their heads in disagreement? ...

I’m Speaking Today at Microsoft Virtual TechDays, India

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Somewhat to my surprise it turns out that I'm speaking at the Microsoft Virtual TechDays, India. Also surprising is that "today" turns out to be a bit of a vague term. That's 11:30pm Pacific time or 12:00 noon in India. Yes that's right a midnight speaking engagement, not a great ...

How Microsoft patterns & practices Approaches Agile Development

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

I’ve added a page of slide decks for talks I’ve given over the past couple of years. I've just added a new deck. Patterns and Practices @ patterns & practices This is the talk I gave at the p&p Summit in Quebec earlier in 2008 on some of the thinking we did ...