Archive for August, 2009

Get Early Bird Registration at The patterns & practices Summit

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Early bird registration closes today! Save yourself a couple of hundred bucks and register before September. Great lineup of speakers including Martin Fowler and Scott Guthrie and… me (well it was worth a try).

Where Are All The Agile 2009 Blog Posts?

Monday, August 31st, 2009

In short I’m working on it. This year’s conference was much lower key than last year but there were still some great takeaways. What hampered me as the the utter lack of decent network coverage. I’ve been to small mountain towns in Peru that did better than the Hyatt in ...

Agile 2009: The Scrum Bestiary, A Behavioral Taxonomy

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Thanks to everyone who attended my workshop on the Scrum Bestiary today at Agile 2009. You can download the deck here. It comes with speaker notes so isn’t completely incomprehensible. The original Scrum Bestiary can was written up as a series of blog posts and summarized ...

Agile 2009: Distributed Agile Development

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Thanks to everyone who attended my talk today at Agile 2009 on Distributed Agile Development and our experiments with it at Microsoft’s patterns & practices team. I’ve been speaking about this on and off for the last year and a half and it’s interesting to see audiences grow as this ...

When Tools Take Over Your Team Room

Monday, August 17th, 2009

There were some good comments on my Tooling is a Third Order Effect post a few weeks ago. Tools and how they effect a team’s software development activities is particularly importance when you consider distributed teams because they often adapt their processes quite significantly and make heavy use of ...

Distributed Agile Development at Microsoft Updated

Friday, August 14th, 2009

A while back I wrote a white paper on Distributed Agile Development at Microsoft patterns & practices based on the experiences of the distributed teams at Microsoft patterns & practices. There were a couple of things that didn't make it into the paper which should have and in the year ...

Big Visible Charts,Continuous Integration and Distributed Teams

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

What are Big Visible Charts? Ron Jeffries defines them as: “A simple chart on the wall can bring important information to the attention of the team, the customer, and everyone else who passes through the area.” - Ron Jeffries You’ll ...

A Field Guide to Team Distribution

Monday, August 10th, 2009

This is a bit like the Scrum Bestiary minus the continual references to farmyard animals. Instead I’ll be using diagrams as a visual aid. Not as amusing but trust me I tried. This is a work in progress and incomplete. I’m working on it as part of ...

Take the patterns & practices Survey

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Got a couple of minutes to provide the patterns & practices team with feedback? We’re trying to find out more about who’s using our products and how happy they are with them. Take the survey here: It really is a couple of minutes. There’s a dozen ...

Tooling is a Third Order Effect

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

A lot of the time the first question a lot of people ask about agile and distributed agile in particular is: “Which tool or product should I buy for me and my team?” This isn’t a bad question provided everyone involved understands that tools ...