What’s up with us playing Kanban games in the garage?

A couple of months ago a colleague, Ewald Hofman, delivered a phenomenal Kanban training at Microsoft Vancouver, using the getKanban. game. It triggered numerous discussions during and long after the event, and influenced posts such as planning … it’s all about people and the secret sauce to managing our backlog and TODO lists‎. The game…

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Talking about Scrum, Kanban, Agile Portfolio Management with Visual Studio Team Services at DevConf ZA

I had the privilege to attend, collaborate and present at the community driven and developer focused devconf conference, which served to inspire software developers! We all battled with heat, ad-hoc power failures, distracting sound issues, and the 30-min sessions made it tough to cover everything we planned. My session was about… I hope I inspired…

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First impressions last … when is it the right time to be transparent?

When we read the Scrum Theory we note that one pillar is transparency and that “significant aspects of the process must be visible to those responsible for the outcome”. A noble statement, but one that often competes with “first impressions” last. While we strive to gather candid feedback for an iterative approach to innovation, we…

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To break or not to break stories down into tasks …

When using Scrum we commonly have two backlogs, defined by the Scrum Guide as follows: Product Backlog is an ordered list of everything that might be needed in the product and is the single source of requirements for any changes to be made to the product. Sprint Backlog is the set of Product Backlog items…

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MS Press – Managing Agile Open Source Software using Visual Studio Online

Finally our on-going Visual Studio Online dogfooding adventure and learnings are shared on MS Press for free: … find more free ebooks from Microsoft Press here. Pete, one of our patient reviewers, had this to say: Are you working on a large, distributed software project, maybe with many part-time, and even volunteer resources? Do you…

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NEWS extension reminded me to get excited about the latest VSO planning features

News is one of the cool Visual Studio productivity extensions, listed on the widgets page. Download and install it today! Back to the latest and exciting features mentioned above. @CurrentIteration The days of editing work item queries at the end of every sprint to update the iteration path to point at the new sprint are…

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How to raise a “gap” and “solution idea” which will make it onto the Rangers backlog

We have three major goals for the next few months. Continuous simplification based on retrospective feedback and learning. Focus (razor-sharp) on win:win and high-value “gap-filling” solutions, as outlined in our mission. Innovate from our well-established PDF-on-CodePlex delivery channel, to a more responsive and effective solution. This post touches on the first two goals … watch…

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An inspiring Scrom (Scrum) course and the question whether we are dysfunctional?

I had the pleasure of attending an inspiring Professional Scrum Master course, delivered by none other than David Starr himself. why scrom? Just a joke or mistype by the staff at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse, which was a phenomenal venue for the workshop. We all felt like going “back to the future” and even had…

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Radio TFS and the GREAT curve ball question about (ex-nightmare) shorter delivery cycles

In the // the podcast about microsoft visual studio team foundation server, visual studio online and visual studio application lifecycle management, episode 82 … WOW, that many episodes already … I had the privilege to chat with two ALM MVP colleagues, and an ex-MVP, now MSFT colleague. The chat we had, their usual comprehensive news…

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Controlled Vocabulary 101 … typed at the most stunning office!

Yesterday I enjoyed listening to Hyper-V, PowerShell and other 933>|m (aka geeky) MVPs sharing their knowledge, experience and passion at the Canadian MVP Days Community Roadshow 2014. During one of the breaks, I needed a quick reboot break and sat at the harbour, in what must be the most beautiful office I have ever had…

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