State of Ruck (the Practitioners Scrum) … by Brian Blackman
We have spun up several new projects and have wrapped up many more all using the Ruck process. I think it is a good time to reiterate that Ruck is light and flexible; recall that Ruck means a loose Scrum in Rugby. The Ruck guide has checklists to refresh your memory and practices. We are not far from the common practices of the agile community: use of Epics, use of child PBIs for the sprints, and tasks to direct and record the work. There is some overhead for the new onboarding Project Lead. I suggest those that are new to Ruck and are in a lead role team with someone seasoned in Ruck to remove the weeds so you can have a clear picture of Ruck.
This cycle I am a project lead and Ruck Master on two projects. I confess that at times I have to edit a work item to get things right. However, once I get the work items in place then it does not take much to maintain them. The biggest challenge for everyone will be updating your work item. It does not take long to do this, you can do this easily as long as you have a connection to the Internet and it is the right thing to do so your peers and the stakeholders know what is going on – knowing a project’s pulse is a nice thing.
Ruck Certification … We are planning for the certification of three Ruck Masters very soon (Jahangeer Mohammed, John Bergman and Willy-Peter Schaub). We will have a total of four with one in the pipeline for certification (Anisha Pindoria). The last phase of certification remaining are creating a verification test of Ruck Master Knowledge and starting an improvement process.
Ruck Process Improvement … Part of the being a Ruck Master will be participating and leading process improvement initiatives for Ruck. We have been gathering the feedback and we now need to access that feedback and determine what we need to change. This program will start after we have the Ruck Master certification.
New Associate Rangers
Please welcome the following new Associate ALM Rangers in our family: Andrew Clear, Cosmin Dumitru (back for another round), Devlin Liles, Hamid Shahid and Priyanka Janardhan.
TFS Branch Tool goes “community”
Mattias Sköld has released the TFS Community Branch Tool Visual Studio Extension, based on the ALM Rangers Quick Response Sample ALM Rangers Branch Tool Visual Studio extension. The goal of this solution is to enable TFS users to implement a consistent branching model as part of team project or team creation process, whichcomplies with the VS TFS Branching and Merging Guide.
Orlando Code Camp
Esteban Garcia and Brian Minisi presented sessions on TFS 2012, Microsoft Fakes and Team Build Customization at the Orlando boot camp.
Pluralsight course “Team Foundation Server Customization”
by Esteban Garcia
Course description: Learn about different extensibility points in Team Foundation Server 2012 by customizing Work Item Tracking, Build Automation, Web Access, Process Templates, and internal services. The course will take you through real-world examples and teach you customization and deployment best practices, as well as give you the knowledge and skills to get the most out of TFS 2012 and support your team’s Application Lifecycle Management needs.