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 ...

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 ...

Setting up Subversion on Windows Home Server

Friday, November 21st, 2008

I've been thinking of other ways to put my Windows Home Server to good use and my recent trip to Florida got me exploring ways I could work on a couple of personal coding projects while traveling. Eventually much of this code may well get published on CodePlex but ...

Visual Source Safe and Distributed Teams

Monday, November 10th, 2008

One of the questions I got at the p&p Summit after my distributed agile development talk was, how do you use Microsoft Visual Source Safe (VSS) with distributed teams? This is an issue because VSS was never written with distribution in mind. The VSS client connects directly to the ...

Development tools for coding projects

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

It was finally time to re-pave my machine which had been getting a bit sluggish of late. I started off with Peter's machine repave post and created my own backlog of things I install. A while back a blogged about tools for personal coding projects which proved pretty popular. I ...

Tools for personal coding projects

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

I've been starting to do a bit of a side project recently and doing some evaluation of the tools I'll be using to do this. Visual Studio. No question. Very occasionally I've seen jobs where the requirement is to use Notepad... Seriously. Translation - we like our developers to waste time and get ...