Winter has begun – day 2

I would be remiss if I did not follow up yesterday’s post with an update on the first winter storm of the year in Fargo-Moorhead. It turns out that this one was a bit of doozy.  The freezing rain caused a bunch of electrical poles to snap due to the extra weight on the power…

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It’s official…. winter has begun!

I heeded the advice of the weathermen who advised no travel today and didn’t go into the office.  We are expecting 5-10″ of snow and strong winds over the next 18 hours or so, so I think staying home to work is a good plan.  School was cancelled today as well, so I think we…

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Software as a Cooperative Game

I was reminded this afternoon of one my favorite ways of thinking about software development, that it is a ‘cooperative game of invention and communication’.  Alistair Cockburn is the author of this and you can read more about it here.  The longer version is in Agile Software Development, a book that I would recommend. The…

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Will Doug have more time to play hoops now???

If you haven’t heard about it, Doug Burgum is stepping aside as the leader of the Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) group.  After a successor is found, he will become the Chairman of MBS with a focus on evangelizing our products and services worldwide.  Doug was the long time leader of Great Plains Software before the Microsoft…

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Scrum at Microsoft Article in eWeek

Last week, eWeek published an article titled Microsoft Lauds ‘Scrum’ Method for Software Project.  David Treadwell, a Corporate Vice President in the Developer Division, has some quotes on the growing use of Scrum and other agile methods at Microsoft.  Treadwell was one of the executives present at the discussion of development practices in MBF that I participated…

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The Military Analogy for Agile Project Management

When I first heard the analogy between what happens in the military with what we want to do from an agile project management perspective, I was skeptical.  But after I’ve had it explained to me by a peer a couple of times, I understand and agree with the comparison.  David Anderson provides a good description of…

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Is Scrum Helping?

I am leaving on a trip to visit our office in Copenhagen tomorrow.  One of my goals is to visit with some teams in my peer group over there that have recently started to use Scrum.  That started me thinking about how I would know if Scrum is helping their development process or not. In…

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