Aaron Bjork

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Sprint Mails

A few weeks ago at the 2013 ALM Summit I gave a presentation titled Un-Managing Agile Teams covering...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 02/22/2013

Team Foundation Service Updates 8/27

Today we deployed another set of incremental updates to Team Foundation Service. Details are...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 09/17/2012

Agile Tip #9 – Motivation 2.0

In last month’s column of Visual Studio Magazine we talked about Dan Pink’s book DRIVE: The...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 11/07/2011

Agile Tip #8 – Planning and Learning

My column in this month’s issue of Visual Studio Magazine talks about the value gained by...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 09/22/2011

An Agile Retrospective by Jeff Sutherland

Jeff Sutherland, one of the founders of Scrum, recently wrote an artilce on MSDN titled "Ten Year...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 08/02/2011

VS 2010 and TFS 2010 How-To Videos

Esther Fan posted a nice set of how-to videos yesterday focusing on VS 2010 and TFS 2010. Check them...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 06/16/2011

Agile Tip #7 – Learning From the Past

Retrospective meetings have been commonplace in software development teams for many years. Teams...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 05/26/2011

Agile Tip #6 – An Effective Daily Stand-up Meeting

Yesterday, I published my first installment of a new monthly column I’ll be writing for Visual...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 04/21/2011

Professional Scrum with TFS 2010 Released!

Today, Wrox released Professional Scrum with Team Foundation Server 2010! This is a new book I...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 04/21/2011

Programmatically Reading Work Item Comments

I recently ran across a few posts from people looking for samples on how to programmatically read...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 01/10/2011

Using the Iteration Backlog Workbook on a CMMI Project

The MSF Agile 5.0 process template that shipped with Team Foundation Server 2010 included an Excel...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 01/05/2011

Marking Tasks and Bugs as “Done” During a Check-in

In recent weeks, a few different people have asked me how to modify the Scrum template such that a...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 12/17/2010

SP1 Beta and Project Server Integration Beta

The Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2010 SP1 Beta was made available this...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 12/07/2010

Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose

While travelling in Berlin and Antwerp over the past couple of weeks I had a chance to talk about...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 11/23/2010

TechEd Europe 2010 – Watch & Download

Below are links to the slides and recordings from my sessions at TechEd Europe.  If you’re...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 11/22/2010

TechEd Europe 2010 – Berlin!

I’m off to Berlin next month to attend and present at TechEd Europe 2010.  I’m giving four...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 10/21/2010

Urban Turtle 3.5

The team over at Pyxis has just announced another release (3.5) of Urban Turtle – their Agile...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 10/21/2010

Visual Studio Magazine Article

I wrote an article for the October issue of Visual Studio Magazine on the new Microsoft Visual...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 10/06/2010

Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 Videos

Richard Hundhausen has released two webcasts featuring the Microsoft Visual Studio 1.0 process...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 09/09/2010

Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 – Updated Sprint Burndown Report

Last week we updated the new Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 process template to include a fix for...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 07/30/2010

Reporting Blog Posts and Articles

For those in the business of modifying reports included in the MSF Agile, MSF CMMI, or Microsoft...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 07/23/2010

Announcing Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0

Today we’re releasing the first official version of our latest process template –...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 07/19/2010

MSF Agile 5.0 Guidance in Word Format

Leonard Woody has produced a copy of the MSF Agile 5.0 process guidance in Word format if you’re...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 06/23/2010

How does MSF CMMI 4.2 compare to MSF CMMI 5.0?

I’ve had a few people ask me about the key differences between the CMMI template shipped in TFS 2008...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 06/11/2010

Announcing Team Foundation Server Scrum v1.0 Beta

7/19/2010 Update - this post applies to the beta release of this template. For details on the RTW...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 06/07/2010

Urban Turtle with MSF Agile 5.0 and Visual Studio 2010

Are you using sticky notes and index cards on a whiteboard or team wall?  Well, if you are...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 05/25/2010

Agile Tip #5 – Learn to Love Acceptance Criteria

Tip #5: Start to love and embrace acceptance criteria. Ask 10 mature agile teams “How do you...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 05/04/2010

Agile Tip #4 – Plan Using Velocity

Tip #4: Use velocity when planning iterations. Before you plan an iteration it’s critical that...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 04/28/2010

Agile Tip #3 – Story Point Scales

Tip #3: Choose a meaningful story points scale for estimating user stories. The MSF Agile 5.0...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 04/22/2010

Agile Tip #2 – Simple User Story Titles

Tip #2: Write short/simple titles for each user story. In the MSF Agile 5.0 process, requirements...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 04/19/2010

Agile Tips

With the launch of Visual Studio 2010 last week I thought it would helpful to start a series of blog...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 04/19/2010

Agile Tip #1 – Epics and Themes

Tip #1: Organize your product backlog into epics and themes using parent/child relationships....

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 04/19/2010

Visual Studio Certified Process Template Program

With the launch and release of Visual Studio 2010 we’re pleased to announce the new Visual Studio...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 04/19/2010

Downloading Unbound Agile Workbooks

I’ve had a few people ask where they can get unbound (not connected to a team project) copies of the...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 03/16/2010

Agile Project Management with TFS 2010

I posted an update on slideshare to my Scrum with TFS 2010 presentation.  The slide deck walks...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 03/02/2010

Being Prompted to Save Your Process Guidance?

I’ve heard from a few customers that after installing Team Foundation Server 2010 with SharePoint...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 02/15/2010

MSF Agile/CMMI 5.0 Process Guidance

The final versions of the MSF Agile 5.0 and MSF CMMI 5.0 process guidance for Visual Studio 2010 are...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 02/12/2010

Process Guidance Now Online in Team Foundation Server 2010

One of the big changes made to the Agile & CMMI process templates in 2010 was to move the...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 11/05/2009

Customizing Report Parameters for Team Foundation Server 2010

John Socha-Leialoha recently posted a great article on how to modify the default report parameters...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 10/26/2009

How does MSF Agile 4.2 compare to MSF Agile 5.0?

With the public release of Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta2 I thought I’d post some of key...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 10/26/2009

Setting a Default Dashboard in TFS 2010

I’ve been asked more than a few times recently how you can set the default page in the new Team...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 10/06/2009

Sprint Planning in TFS 2010

I wanted to post a few screen shots of the updated Iteration Backlog workbook that will be shipping...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 08/10/2009

Enabling the Iteration Backlog Workbook on an Upgraded Team Project

NOTE:  THE STEPS OUTLINED IN THIS POST ONLY APPLIED TO TFS 2010 BETA 2.  PLEASE SEE THIS...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 05/18/2009

Enabling the Product Backlog Workbook on an Upgraded Team Project

NOTE:  THE STEPS OUTLINED IN THIS POST ONLY APPLIED TO TFS 2010 BETA 2.  PLEASE SEE THIS...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 05/18/2009

Team Foundation Server 2010 - Where Are My Reports?

If you’ve upgraded your Team Foundation Server to Team Foundation Server 2010 you’re probably...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 05/18/2009

Agile Planning Tools in TFS 2010

Ajoy Krishnamoorthy wrote a great article earlier this year describing the new Agile Planning Excel...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 04/08/2009

Reports in TFS 2010… it’s getting easier

Brian Keller has just posted a video on Channel9 that shows off some of the new reporting features...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 03/26/2009

Slide Deck Insanity

In recent years I find myself spending more and more time staring at PowerPoint slides.  I'm...

Author: Aaron Bjork Date: 08/29/2008