November’s Chicago VSTS User Group – SCRUM


Visual Studio Team System has many powerful features designed to help you write better software in less time by facilitating your development process. But what if you not sure which development process is best for your project or for your team? November’s VSTS User Group presentation will be lead by Dave Laskowski from Sogeti and Ed Chaltry from Centare Group Ltd. The topic will be the Scrum development methodology and how Visual Studio Team System can help you implement this exciting and very useful process for your team. Space is limited so please sign up soon!

Date:        November 14, 2007
Time:        6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Microsoft Corporation
                  77 West Wacker Drive, 23rd Floor
                  Chicago, IL 

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System is the best integrated software development platform to build the mission-critical applications that businesses depend on. It extends Visual Studio’s integrated and productive experience from the developer to the entire development team by delivering powerful new role-based tools for software architects, developers, testers and project managers. It also includes an integrated team server and customizable processes to help teams drive predictability, visibility, and control into their software development process.

Scrum is an Agile process that can be used to manage and control complex software and product development using iterative, incremental practices. Scrum has been used from simple projects to changing the way entire enterprises develop their software. Scrum can significantly increase productivity and reduce time to benefits while facilitating adaptive, empirical systems development.

In this discussion, we will provide an overview of Scrum and delve into some of our challenges that Scrum can help us solve. After this overview, we discuss ideas some of the common tools for managing a Scrum development effort, and where TFS fits into this mix.

Agenda for November 14th meeting:

6:00pm - 6:30pm Welcome, Introductions and Pizza

6:30pm - 8:30pm Ed Chaltry talks about ways the Scrum process and how to use it with Team System

8:30pm - 9:00pm Q&A, Raffle and Wrap Up

Edward Chaltry

Edward Chaltry a Partner and CTO for Centare Group Ltd., a Brookfield WI based software consultancy.  Ed, a Certified ScrumMaster, brings 20 years of software design experience with strong interest and expertise in Agile software development. In addition, Ed also holds certifications in multiple technologies including MOSS 2007, Sun Certified Web Component Developer for Java, and an IBM Certified Instructor.

Dave Laskowski (Organizer)

Dave Laskowski is a Microsoft Practice lead for Sogeti USA, LLC. Dave has been in the IT industry for over 8 years, working with various Microsoft technologies including Visual Studio Team System 2005 and Team Foundation Server. He holds an MCSD certification and an MCTS certification for Team Foundation Server.

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