Agile Tip #9 – Motivation 2.0

In last month’s column of Visual Studio Magazine we talked about Dan Pink’s book DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us and how it relates to motivating Agile teams. If you haven’t read Drive, I’d recommend you pick up a copy. For a quick teaser, watch this quick video that animates the main points…


Agile Tip #8 – Planning and Learning

My column in this month’s issue of Visual Studio Magazine talks about the value gained by Agile teams as they plan and learn. 


An Agile Retrospective by Jeff Sutherland

Jeff Sutherland, one of the founders of Scrum, recently wrote an artilce on MSDN titled “Ten Year Agile Retrospective: How We Can Improve In The Next Ten Years”.  The article captures key takeways (ten years later) from the original signatories of the Agile Manifesto.  I’d highly recommend giving it a read.


Agile Tip #7 – Learning From the Past

Retrospective meetings have been commonplace in software development teams for many years. Teams hold a meeting at the end of a project or milestone to discuss successes and failures.  They use the data from that meeting to look for ways to create more success and less failure in future projects or milestones. Agile teams in…


Agile Tip #6 – An Effective Daily Stand-up Meeting

Yesterday, I published my first installment of a new monthly column I’ll be writing for Visual Studio Magazine.  The column will focus on Agile practices and how to use them effectively on your teams.  The first installment focuses on holding an effective daily stand-up meeting.


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…


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…


Announcing Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0

Today we’re releasing the first official version of our latest process template – Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 (formerly known as Team Foundation Server Scrum v1.0 Beta).   If you were following the beta, you know that this template was built from the ground up specifically for Scrum teams.  Visit the Visual Studio Gallery to download…


Agile Tip #5 – Learn to Love Acceptance Criteria

Tip #5:  Start to love and embrace acceptance criteria. Ask 10 mature agile teams “How do you know when you’re ‘done done’?” and you’ll get the same answer from each one… get serious about writing acceptance criteria.  Acceptance criteria is the handshake between the product owner and the team on what “done done” really means. …