Marking Tasks and Bugs as “Done” During a Check-in

In recent weeks, a few different people have asked me how to modify the Scrum template such that a Task or Bug is marked as Done during a check-in.   We left this out of the original state flow because we wanted the done state transition to be very intentional, but it’s a common practice and…


SP1 Beta and Project Server Integration Beta

The Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2010 SP1 Beta was made available this morning.   You can read about the details on Brian’s blog. And, it’s exciting to see the announcement of the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Pack beta.  You can read more about the integration pack on Christophe…


Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose

While travelling in Berlin and Antwerp over the past couple of weeks I had a chance to talk about Daniel Pink’s book Drive with a variety of different people.  I read his book for the first time a at the beginning of this year, and am now going through it again.  I can’t say enough…


TechEd Europe 2010 – Watch & Download

Below are links to the slides and recordings from my sessions at TechEd Europe.  If you’re interested, all the slides and videos from TechEd can be found here: Lessons Learned through Dogfooding This talk has two pieces.  The first portion focuses on our internal process… how we manage work items, how we organize…


TechEd Europe 2010 – Berlin!

I’m off to Berlin next month to attend and present at TechEd Europe 2010.  I’m giving four different talks over the course of the week: Agile Development with Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010 with Peter Provost An Agile Talk on Agility with Peter Provost Visual Studio ALM:  Lessons Learned through Dogfooding Microsoft Project 2010…


Urban Turtle 3.5

The team over at Pyxis has just announced another release (3.5) of Urban Turtle – their Agile planning and tracking add-on for Team Foundation Server 2010.     


Visual Studio Magazine Article

I wrote an article for the October issue of Visual Studio Magazine on the new Microsoft Visual Studio 1.0 process template.  It’s a basic walk through of how to get started using the Scrum template.  Included in the article is a look at the following:  Building Your Product Backlog Acceptance Criteria Planning Your First Sprint…


Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 Videos

Richard Hundhausen has released two webcasts featuring the Microsoft Visual Studio 1.0 process template on Channel 9.  Both include Q&A at the end of the presentation.  Check them out at:


Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 – Updated Sprint Burndown Report

Last week we updated the new Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 process template to include a fix for the Sprint Burndown report which was found to have a bug that caused an error when viewing the report in non-US locales.  If you created projects before we made the fix (7/22/2010) you can follow the steps…


Reporting Blog Posts and Articles

For those in the business of modifying reports included in the MSF Agile, MSF CMMI, or Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum process templates, I’ve started collecting a set of blog posts and articles from colleagues, MVPs, and customers who have done a great job documenting some of the nuances and tricks around writing and modifying reporting…