Ideal Days Aren’t…

Mitch has an interesting post (http://blogs.msdn.com/mitchl/default.aspx) that talks about ideal developer days, and he hits the nail on the head… There are no ideal developer days…. Ever.  Planning and estimating using them is kidding yourself, since there is always something that keeps folks from being 100% focused on their project.  It could be that you…

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"We are doing Scrum, BUT…"

Eric Gunnerson has a great post on ScrumBut.  As a ScrumMaster (certified, certifiable, whatever) I agree with what he says completely.  I’ve said it before when talking about Brad’s ScrummerFall post, but Eric sums it up very well.  ScrumBut is NOT Scrum.  12 week iterations are not short and completely miss the point.  And teams…

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It has been a busy few weeks

It has been a crazy couple of weeks.  I’ve been heads down, trying to get work done on the Web Client Software Factory.  I’ve been busy with some stuff around the house: new appliances leading to the need to move a gas line and a water line in the kitchen.  I started running Vista.  And…

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Team Rooms Increase Productivity

Today, I saw two very interesting things.  First, Peter pointed out that Channel 9 has a tour of the new p&p space.  (I know that I have mentioned the space at least three times in the past, but I’m still excited about it.  I’m excited not only by what I am doing and the people…

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Why Did I Go Agile? Part Three: Scrum

In my other posts in this series, I shared why I was open to trying agile ideas, and I discussed how and why I adopted TDD (Part One: An Open Mind and Part Two: TDD).  At the end of the project cycle that sold me on TDD, I was approached by one of the PMs…

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Why Did I Go Agile? Part Two: TDD

As I mentioned in the first post in this series, Part One: An Open Mind, I was ready for change and willing to try TDD. I had just joined the team that was forming to deliver a large project in a short timeframe.  I was responsible for an entire subsystem for a project that was…

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Why did I go Agile? Part One: An Open Mind

I’ve recently been called a fanatic, crazy, insane, and a zealot about all this agile stuff.  This really startled me and made me think about how I come across and how I talk about agile.  This has not made me change anything about what I do, what I say, or what I believe. However, I…

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bharry’s WebLog : New TFS Power Toys Available!

Like a lot of developers, I spend a lot of time in Visual Studio (Not as much as I used to, since I am Lead Dev, but I still code quite a bit). However, I am relatively new to using TFS and the TFS source control system.  Today, I needed to look at all the differences in a…

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Announcing the Web Client Software Factory

I am the Lead Developer on the Web Client Software Factory team here at patterns & practices.  After a bit of time working with a number of customers (to ensure we were dealing with relevant problems that people face in the real world), we have started development and publicly announced the project.  This week we have…

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Upcoming Patterns & Practices Summit

We are having a p&p Summit here in Redmond in early October.  The noteworthy things about this Summit, other than the great topic, is that I am one of the speakers.  I’ll be working with Peter Provost on an Agile Talk on Agility.  I’ll also be discussing my project (probably with help from the rest of…

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