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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Dog-fooding Journal #3 – Train-Research-Planning (TRP) Sprint Journey

This is a continued journal for our dog-fooding, targeting primarily our Ruck masters and anyone who wants to understand what we do and why   We immerse ourselves into the 2-weeks of preparations enclosed in the TRP sprint and accompany Jon and his vsarSecurity team on their adventure. This is the second team to actively…

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Dog-fooding Journal #2 – Train-Research-Planning (TRP) Sprint … assembling the team

As part of the preparations we have to commit the team, which often creates a dilemma  of having too many volunteers See I volunteered for a project, but am booked on another voyage … why?. commit, welcome and kick-start the team After selecting the “dream team” we add the team members to the vsarSecurity team…

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Dog-fooding Journal #1 – Train-Research-Planning (TRP) Sprint Preparations

We will journal our Ruck innovations dog-fooding (see Proposed innovations … a byte for your thoughts? and Proposed innovations to the v1.2 guidance. Thoughts? for details) as part of the vsarSecurity prototyping project. This ensures that we have a transparent record when we eventually update our guidance based on dog-fooding feedback, that our Ruck masters…

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ALM Ranger Projects – I volunteered for a project, but am booked on another voyage … why?

We just completed the second kick-off meeting of a new project and are now in the frustrating dilemma of having too many volunteers, with other projects on the horizon. Working with part-time volunteers, scattered around the globe, we try very hard to embrace the lean software pillar “respect for people”. The pillar enforces concepts such…

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ALM Rangers Dogfooding – Epics are being assimilated into Features

During 2010 we introduced Epics to the ALM Ranger “Ruck” process model to define the value proposition, elevator pitch and the team collaboration story. In essence it is an intent container for product backlog items and associated tasks. Back then … we had an Epic As part of the continuous 24×7 dog-fooding of Ruck and…

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Let us talk about “Quality Bars”

When we talk about quality bars, we are not talking about the phenomenal gems such as the Kalahari Oasis in the Mabalingwe game reserve, which I visited and thoroughly enjoyed on more than a couple of hot days under the sun. Instead we are starting a discussion on the quality bars we are using and…

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ALM Rangers Dogfooding – Code Review and Build process

As part of our dog fooding we have been working on improving the Quality Bar, Definition of “DONE” and knowing when it is safe to sleep peacefully, project principles and more recently code reviews with the overall objective of shipping better solutions and creating happier users. Updated: 2014-04-25 – Distinguish between minor and major change….

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How you | ALM Rangers can improve the elevator pitch

My head literally started to spin during a recent PM event “How to Create Your Elevator Pitch”. I wondered how we used to pitch our ideas, how we evolved, how we intuitively adopted a lot of the improvements that were highlighted in the course and more importantly how we can improve going forward. Historical and…

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