Doug Seven

Director of Product Management, Visual Studio

Writing Stories for Scrum

This week I have been giving a lot of thought to how stories should be written for Scrum projects. I was just reviewing some of the stuff on Mountain Goat Software’s site. The INVEST acronym hit home with me – this is a good set of guidance on how to craft a story for Scrum…. Read more

Software Development Engineer in Community Technologies Team

Software Development Engineer in Community Technologies TeamMargaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” That pretty much describes the Communities Technologies team.  We have been devoted to enabling Microsoft’s vibrant communities through a series… Read more

.NET 3.0 Roadshows coming to a city near you this October!

Dr. Dobb’s SD Events is thrilled to announce our new .NET 3.0 Roadshows coming to a city near you this October! Microsoft’s new .NET Framework 3.0 (formerly WinFX) technology platform will revolutionize how .NET programmers develop Web applications. Taught by the top industry-leading experts, these in-depth sessions offer a profound insight into this new technology… Read more

New Blog

One of the developers on my team has set up a new blog on He is working on a reputation system for community efforts (we are the Community Technologies team for I highly recommend that you check it out. If you have the Office 2007 Beta you can add the RSS feed and… Read more

Accountability in a Scrum World

One day last week, I was reflecting on the day I had, which included a Sprint retrospective of a failed Sprint – the second consecutive failed Sprint. This got me thinking about accountability. Specifically in the terms of Scrum methodology. In a Scrum team of peers from different disciplines (and different managers), such as PM, Dev and Test, how is the team… Read more

Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) Opening in Community Technologies

Are you intrigued by the world of open source development? Are you interested in enabling shared source development at Microsoft? We are building the premier collaborative software development platform for the .NET developer community and need an experienced Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) to help architect, design test and deliver a new suite of… Read more

Mix06: Day Two – Keynote

<nameDropping>On my way to the keynote I bumped into Jeff Sandquist. I of course congratulated himon his recent launch of Check it out. Then, when getting coffee I once again ran into Jon Gallant. We got coffee and headed to the keynote together.</nameDropping> I got into the keynote a little late (the coffee was… Read more

Mix06: Day One – Live and WPF

I attended a couple more sessions today, The Windows Live Platform: Build Applications That Have Access to 400 Million Address Book, and 13 Billion Contacts! and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF): The Opportunity for WPF Applications in the Brower and Beyond. Here are the things I found most interesting from those sessions: The opening slide to… Read more

Other MXPS Bloggers

There are a few other people from MXPS (Microsoft eXperience Platform Solutions – the group I work in) at Mix06. Oliveier Ribet, Tarlochan Cheema, Tim Pearson and Jon Gallant. Jon is blogging his Mix06 experience as well, so be sure to check it out regularly. Tags: MIX06 | MXPS… Read more

Mix06: Day One – BillG Keynote

Today is the beginning of the first ever Mix06 conference. I am currently sitting in Dean Hachamovitch’s general session about IE7 (for what its worth, he is whering a very cool “seven” t-shirt – I need one). Just prior to this was BillG’s keynote. There were a lot of interesting things talked about, and I… Read more