Comments on first scrum sprint

Hi all –   Wanted to reply to a couple of comments about my prior entry about having completed our first scrum sprint.   A reader named Laurent May writes: “What software tools did you use to manage your sprint development methodology? We are are currently using Excel, but are looking for alternative solutions. Much…


First Scrum sprint complete!

Dear Readers –   I’m happy to report that our first Scrum sprint has completed, and it seems to have gone quite well.  We had a clear plan of what to do, delivered on the sprint goal (with one caveat), and have done our planning for the next sprint.  I really like the flow of Scrum. …


MSBuild wiki on Channel 9 goes live

MSBuild now has a wiki spot here on Channel 9.  You can also find a video of some of our team doing a bug triage.  Perhaps more useful is the MSBuild FAQ which also under our wiki. Enjoy! Chris


Come join the MSBuild team!!

MSBuild is one of the coolest technologies in Microsoft’s Developer Division, and it also happens to be what I work on!  We have a job opening for a Software Design Engineer, and are looking for world-class candidates.  Here are some of the things we do on the MSBuild dev team: Love our customers Write C# code…


Continued progress on our first sprint

Yesterday was an interesting day.  It was day 9 of our first sprint (named “sprint 2” to synch with the milestone numbering we’d been using).  First we had a short review of our status (not an official sprint review, just a brief “state of the project” mtg), and our management is very receptive to Scrum. …


Thanks for the Scrum support!

Thanks for the supportive comments about my last post.  I am aware of the scrumdevelopment mailing list and wade through it periodically, although I find it kind of like drinking from a fire hose!  At the Certified ScrumMaster class I heard about ScrumWiki and saw a demo of ScrumWorks.  By all accounts both are worthy…


Beginning our first Scrum sprint on Monday

Well, it’s finally about to happen.  I did a short presentation to get the team educated about Scrum (they seem excited about it), and we did our backlog selection and sprint backlog planning meetings yesterday.  The sprint begins on Monday.  I’m pretty optimistic, at least from the frontline level. The biggest problem, of course, is…


Newly minted Scrum Master

I now face the world as a Certified Scrum Master.  Of course, I should note that Ken Schwaber practically chuckles at that term and points out that all he’s certifying is that you learned something in the class, and he doesn’t even verify that much.  However, I would certainly recommend the course (see here).  The…


Oil and water…chlorine and ammonia…Scrum and big companies?

Well, my dear readers, I now have a dangerous idea in my head.  One of the projects I’m responsible for is a very important but someone obscure effort involving a relatively small number of people.  This project has been plagued with many common misfortunes of software projects: delayed delivery, impatient management, and massive complexity. I’m…


Soon to be indoctrinated by Ken Schwaber

After having an interest in Scrum for a while now after reading Agile Software Development with Scrum, I’m finally going to an in-person 2-day course on Scrum by Ken Schwaber when his roadshow makes it to Seattle.  I’ve heard interesting things from folks that have gone to his Scrum course, everything from “the course isn’t…