drwill's bailiwick

General insights and product information by David R. Williamson, Senior Development Manager

MSDN Chat – April 9th

Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what’s new for these editions for Visual Studio 2008. Add to Calendar April 9, 200810:00 A.M. Pacific Time Additional Time Zones… Read more

Talking To Customers

At Microsoft, we have developers and testers.  Those two disciplines make up the traditional engineering roles that most companies have.  Where we seem to differ the most is in the project management and feature design role.  Some companies call them business analysts.  We call them program managers. From group to group at Microsoft, the role… Read more

Web Test Variables

A customer emailed me today with a follow up question.  The original question was about web tests recording AJAX-style client side scripting which initiates server queries.  In VS2005 we didn’t record those requests and our work around was to use Fiddler2 to record the scripts. In VS2008 we fixed that which is great for customers… Read more

Ellen

Have you heard about Mort, Elvis, and Einstein?  No, no… I mean in context of Visual Studio.  🙂  We use these 3 personas to help guide feature development. I did a search for these names to see what has already been published.  MS employees have already blogged about the personas, and some critics have come… Read more

Customers

In the three years I’ve been working in the Developer Division at Microsoft, I’ve been impressed with the focus our divisional leaders have placed on customer focus.  The benefit to customers is obvious.  We’re responsive to your concerns and it helps us build a product that better meets your needs. It also benefits us a… Read more

Our Scrum Cycle

I’ve mentioned in a previous post about how our team has adopted Scrum and agile methodology… at least in spirit.  🙂 I thought I’d share some of the specifics about how we’re running it.  This is primarily based on direction from our Engineering Manager, Mark Mydland.  He’s brought Scrum and agile to other teams, both… Read more

Engineering Lead

In the last six months, I’ve transitioned from a QA Lead to an Engineering Lead position.  I’m still a persistent and tenacious driver of quality.  Now I get to influence the development process as well.  It is a great opportunity for me to optimize development for the benefit of quality, as well as a great… Read more

Trying Scrum

Over the last several months, our team has decided to try all this “agile” stuff we keep hearing about.  In large part, our new manager is responsible for putting us on this course but many of us were curious with what it would offer and fed up with some of the problems we’d been perpetually… Read more