Archive for October, 2008

patterns & practices Agile Showcase

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

As you might have noticed there have been slightly fewer blog posts in October.  Why? Well I've been writing elsewhere and putting the finishing touches to a white paper on distributed agile development and our approach to it at patterns & practices. Distributed Agile Development at Microsoft patterns & ...

Washington DC

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

In case anyone was wondering where I've been I just got back from a brief vacation in Washington DC. My family live in the UK so the east coast is a convenient middle point. Every year or so we try to pick a new city an meet up. This year ...

The Complete Scrum Bestiary

Friday, October 17th, 2008

This is not a set of roles on your scrum team. It's a taxonomy of behaviors that could apply to anyone on your team regardless of the role they may be filling. Examples of this include: Product owners who behave like Cows or even Seagulls as they rush about juggling multiple ...

Scrum Bestiary – The Chicken

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Rounding out the Scrum Bestiary with its original two protagonists... the pig and now the chicken. Both the pig and the chicken come from Jeff Sutherland's original sketch about who does what in a Scrum standup meeting. Chicken's don't contribute to your team's goals in any way. They're hangers on who ...

Scrum Bestiary – The Pig

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Rounding out the Scrum Bestiary with its original two protagonists... the chicken and now the pig. Both the pig and the chicken come from Jeff Sutherland's original sketch about who does what in a Scrum daily standup meeting. Pigs are the heart of Scrum. They're the ones who actually do all ...

Three years of blogging

Monday, October 13th, 2008

It all started three years ago today with "Extreme Blogging". Since then there's been well over two hundred posts about everything from coding gotchas to why Boomer should be called Sharon. When I started I was a pretty newish developer on the Visual Studio Tools for Office team. In the ...

Meme Time: Growing Up Geek

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

I've been tagged by Brian who was tagged by Brad who in turn was tagged by Scott Hanselman with his new "Growing Up Geek" meme. I guess I was always into taking things apart to see how they worked. Radios, toasters and bits of HiFi. Pretty much anything I came ...

Managing Bugs with Scrum

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

So building on my post from earlier this week - Scrum and Supporting Your Existing Products -and reflecting on an interesting thread I've been following here at Microsoft. I thought I'd write a bit about how to handle bugs on your current product development. "We're doing Scrum but we have a ...