Experimenting With Scrum

I recently tried using some parts of scrum with my team at Microsoft.  We’re a development team in test and tend to have a lot of small, independent projects rather than one larger integrated one.  To make matters worse, we work with audio and video and there is a lot of specialized knowledge with each…

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Dual Core Media Center Goodness

I recently put together a new Media Center PC.  The old one was running on a Pentium4 1.7 GHz and was becoming too slow for my tastes.  It ran okay but was becoming slow to bring up the guide, etc.  The day following Thanksgiving, I was able to score an AMD Athlon 64 x2 3800+…

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Language Inefficiencies

   I spent some time yesterday trying to learn Perl.  I’d looked at it some a few years back but never had a use for it.  I now have a need to write a tool for our build environment and so, based on what is available, I am required to use Perl.  The first thing…

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Blog Meltdown?

   I’ve noticed a trend recently.  Or, at least I think I have.  I have certainly noticed a few datapoints that look like a trend.  Blog software is failing to scale.  For all the penetration of blogs and the millions of people hosting them, they are starting to fail.  Here are a few examples:  Scoble‘s…

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You Aren’t Gonna Need It – Or Are You?

A coworker recently pointed me at this page from the C2 Extreme Programming Wiki.  The basic theory is that, if you find code that isn’t being used, delete it.  That is fair enough.  The controversy comes when the code in question is potentially useful in the future.  What then do you do?  The XP advocates…

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Objective Statements – Do You Need One?

   I’ve been doing a lot of resume screening lately so I thought I’d write up a few of my thoughts.  Ever since my early days as a hiring manager I’ve told people not to include an objective statement on their resumes.  More often than not, it is worthless.  Usually it equates to “I want…

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MSN Search Getting Better

   As a good corporate citizen I began trying MSN Search several months ago with the initial release.  At first it was pretty painful.  I would search on MSN, not find what I wanted, then switch over to Google.  Recently, however, I have found that I almost never resort to using Google.  MSN Search is…

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Some Perspective On Vista

   It’s been quite a while since Microsoft released a new operating system.  Windows XP was the last consumer OS to ship and that was 4 years ago.  By the time Vista ships, it will have been 5 years.  There are a lot of consequences of such a long release cycle but the one I…

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Programming for the next guy

   I’m taking a class this week.  The subject is writing WDM drivers.  The class assumes you have some understanding of how operating systems work and teaches you everything you need to know to be prepared to write a WDM driver.  It isn’t a cookbook class.  I won’t come out and write a driver without…

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I’m back. Hopefully.

Wow.  It’s been a while since I blogged.  I have a lot of ideas but I’ve been quite busy of late and haven’t gotten to them.  I was out of town for 5 weekends in a row from late July through August.  Needless to say, that doesn’t leave a lot of time for other stuff. …

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