Project Unicorn – Part 1. Initial context and an explanation of our “kick-off” event

We are embarking on an exciting new project, codenamed Unicorn. And no, this project is not related to Dilbert. Until we share more project details in future posts, please peruse the books Building a Release Pipeline with Team Foundation Server and The Phoenix Project … and watch this space. overall process By now we all…

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FAQ – Why do we use the flight analogy for our projects?

From a high-altitude view, we visualize our projects as flights. Each flight is time boxed, has one or more teams (crew) working together when inflight, completes a journey, and delivers a solution idea (epic) when landing. Flights are a well-understood metaphor! With the “flight” metaphor we can visualize projects as … Structured Landing Landed Nimble…

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TFS upgrade guide revision and the new process guidance paper landed safely

A quick summary of recent releases (landings) of ALM Ranger solutions and other flights we were involved in: TFS Upgrade Guide v3.3 revision, includes feedback from the field, a few typo/grammar corrections and additional guidance steps. Last update was made to the guidance on 2014/09/10. Flight code: vsarUpgradeGuide DOWNLOAD Scaled Agile Framework: Using TFS to…

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Aligning our planets with a common cadence and synchronization

We recently changed our sprint cadence with the rest of the organization, creating turbulence for in-flight projects, but aligning the engineering  planets. Let’s explore … In ALM Rangers dogfooding journal of the Team Foundation Service we introduced our monthly cadence in July 2012. Used by all Ranger project teams it created a predictable rhythm for…

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Ben Roscorla joins the ALM Rangers Ruck Masters … Ruck?

Congratulations to Ben Roscorla who joined the list of Scrum/Ruck Masters on Index of ALM Rangers. Well done and welcome! how does one become a ruck master? if ( ( you == ALM_Ranger ) && ( you == Certified_Scrum_Master ) ) {    Shadow_Another_Ruck_Master(“for the duration of a Rangers project”);    Write_Another_Exam(“Ruck Exam”);    Immediate_Assimilation(“Ruck…

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Triage of ideas … ∆ process changes

We are about to post the triage #8 results. Before we delve into the results, let us review how we triaged the ideas and what has changed with the triage process. triage process changes We embraced three innovations as part of the eight triage, which impact the results and the way we will process future…

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Managing distributed, part-time and virtual teams – Part 5 … Which visuali[s|z]ation catches your eye?

We continue from Objectives and repetition, Prioritization, Normali[s|z]ed estimations, Portfolio, flights, teams, epics and VSO, with a quick detour into visualization and trying to differentiate value from noise. This time we need your candid feedback! NOTE: 2014/07/15 – The blue theme has no significance, other than than I cut the images from a blue-theme slide…

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Managing distributed, part-time and virtual teams – Part 4 … Sprint objectives and repetition rule!

We continue from Prioritization, Normali[s|z]ed estimations, Portfolio, flights, teams, epics and VSO, venturing in the objectives (why are we here) and the concept of repetition (until is becomes the norm) as we are dog-fooding. our context Remember that the ALM Rangers are geographically distributed, virtual and part-time volunteers, delivering an average of an eighth (1/8)…

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Managing distributed, part-time and virtual teams – Part 3 … Prioriti[s|z]ation of ideas, features and stories

We continue from Normali[s|z]ed estimations and Portfolio, flights, teams, epics and VSO, venturing in the prioritization of ideas, features and stories. What are we supposed to do, when and what must be done first? our context Commonly referred to as initiatives, investment themes, or product themes, we work with Ideas that represent the solution value…

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Managing distributed, part-time and virtual teams – Part 2 … Portfolio, flights, teams, epics and VSO

Last time instantiated a thread on Normali[s|z]ed estimations and continue with our use of Visual Studio Online (VSO) to manage our portfolio of projects, teams and “flights”. our context In the following whiteboard illustration we show the hierarchy of epics – features and stories in the middle. On the left we scribbled a few notes…

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