Professional Scrum with TFS 2010 Released!

Today, Wrox released Professional Scrum with Team Foundation Server 2010!  This is a new book I co-authored with Steve Resnick and Michael de la Maza.  The book serves as a road map for using Scrum to organize teams and activities and shows you how to use Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) to execute a…


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…


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…

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…


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…


Announcing Team Foundation Server Scrum v1.0 Beta

7/19/2010 Update – this post applies to the beta release of this template.  For details on the RTW please see this updated post. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Today , we’re announcing and releasing a brand new…


Agile Project Management with TFS 2010

I posted an update on slideshare to my Scrum with TFS 2010 presentation.  The slide deck walks through in detail how to do Scrum with the new MSF for Agile 5.0 process template.  The deck goes into detail on managing your product backlog, planning a sprint, and running a sprint.  


How does MSF Agile 4.2 compare to MSF Agile 5.0?

With the public release of Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta2 I thought I’d post some of key differences between the process templates shipped with 2008 product and the new process templates shipping with 2010.  This post will focus on the new MSF for Agile Software Development v5.0 process template and how it compares to the…