Software Development is a Team Sport!

The intersection of agility and Visual Studio Team System...

I've moved...

My blog has a new home. You can find me at http://ridlehoover.com.

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/11/2008

Ade Miller's New Blog

Our resident p&p Brit has moved his blog. You can now find Ade Miller's thoughts here:...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/26/2007

Agile 2007: Reaching New Heights - Learning to Adapt

In her opening keynote, Susan Ershler told the autobiographical story of her experiences climbing...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/17/2007

More to come!

I'm still working on my posts summarizing the Agile 2007 sessions. But, I'm also trying to ship some...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/07/2007

Tuesday @ Agile 2007

Tuesday saw the opening keynote by Susan Ershler, as well as the beginning of the vendor talks that...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/21/2007

Agile 2007: The First Thing to Build - Trust on Agile Teams

Diana Larsen is a special sort of nut. She's an organizational development and communications...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/21/2007

Monday @ Agile 2007

The conference is organized a bit differently this year. The only thing going on this morning is...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/13/2007

Agile 2007

I will be attending Agile 2007 in Washington, D.C. next week. In my capacity as Vendor Talks Chair,...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/09/2007

Update: Iterative and Incremental Development

I am enjoying the copy of Visual Studio Team System: Better Software Development for Agile Teams by...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/01/2007

Definition: Iterative and Incremental Development

Agile software development methods are often described as being forms of something called iterative...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/25/2007

Windows Live Writer Wins

Well, my 30 day trial of BlogJet expired recently. I enjoyed using the product. I especially liked...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/08/2007

Spam

Due to the number of spam comments I've been receiving (and moderating) lately, I've been forced to...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/23/2007

Agile Prioritization

Joel Spolsky and Dmitri Zimine mixed it up last November over whether or not to interrupt a team in...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/27/2007

BlogJet and Windows Live Writer

I’ve used both BlogJet and Windows Live Writer. I’ve yet to make up my mind which I...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/27/2007

In Memoriam

Martha C. Turner(1911-2007) My grandmother died Monday of natural causes. She was 95 years old. And,...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/10/2007

Blog Tag

How nice of Peter Provost AND Ade Miller to both tag my blog. I feel special. Actually, they're...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/05/2007

Another TDD Convert

I recently stumbled upon the blog of a colleague, John Socha-Leialoha. And, in familiarizing myself...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/04/2007

Become a Certified Agile Software Specialist!

Thanks to the good folks over at Agile Certification Now, you too can join the legions of Certified...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/04/2007

Capacity vs. Velocity

My team just completed a discussion - at times a rather passionate discussion - about what work...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/03/2007

VSTS Guidance

A few years ago, patterns & practices published a book entitled Team Development with Visual...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/30/2007

Unit Testing Goes Pro!

According to Naysawn Naderi, VSTS PM for Developer Oriented Testing, "the majority of the unit...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/28/2007

Team System Roadmap

Also announced recently, for those who missed it, was our Team System Future Releases Roadmap. The...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/28/2007

Microsoft Acquires TeamPlain

In case you missed it, Microsoft announced this week the acquisition of DevBiz Business Solutions,...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/28/2007

Buckshot Brainstorming

When my team is stuck, I like to break the log jam with a bit of brainstorming. I've had good luck...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/25/2007

Be Careful What You Wish For...

A few months ago, I ranted about TFS Process Templates. Now, I'm a member of the team responsible...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/24/2007

Windows Live Writer

I'm giving the new Windows Live Writer blog editor a try to see whether I like it as much as my...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/01/2006

Commitments

Like most organizations, Microsoft is keen on rewarding people who go above and beyond. Defining...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/16/2006

Agile 2006

Well, here I am at Agile 2006. So far, it’s been a good show. Here’s the list of sessions I’ve...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/26/2006

It happens every time...

<RANT> It happens every time I start a new project. Team Foundation Server makes me choose a...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/19/2006

Continuous Integration

This week, I spent some time learning Team Build and configuring a build server for Continuous...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 11/11/2005

TFS Beta 3 Refresh

Today is the day! Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 are now available for download by MSDN...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/28/2005

Uninstall Visual Studio 2005 Beta 3 Additional Components

These are the instructions displayed at the end of the VSTS Beta 3 uninstall process: Additional...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/27/2005

Installing TFS Beta 3

I alluded to the fact that it took us a couple of tries to get the TFS Beta 3 install right in a...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/27/2005

Piloting TFS Beta 3

A few weeks ago, Microsoft released the third beta of Team Foundation Server (TFS). If you are not...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/17/2005

No more war rooms...

My good friend Darrell Snow recently blogged about his dislike of the term “war room.” I couldn’t...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/07/2005

A note on personal information security...

Three weeks ago, a bag containing my corporate laptop and ID was stolen from my car in Stanley Park,...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/30/2005

Agile Software Development Survey

Microsoft patterns & practices is considering guidance offerings around the topic of Agile...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/30/2005

Gandhi on Agile

Okay, Gandhi never said anything about Agile, per sé. But, he did talk about change. And, in many...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/17/2005

Soma's Take on Transparency

In my quest to acclimate myself to the MS world, I’ve been poking around a bit. Today, I found a...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/17/2005

Whoa!

This piece of software just crossed my keyboard: MindManager X5 Pro. I was already familiar with...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/29/2005

Off with a bang!

The two sessions I attended today were, for me, the best of the conference. Storytest-Driven...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/29/2005

The most interesting conversations...

I ate dinner tonight with six other people from Seattle. I knew all but one of them before coming to...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/28/2005

Who is responsible for testing?

If I were to ask you, “Who is responsible for quality?” you’d likely answer, “Everyone.” But, if I...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/27/2005

The Player Coach

Troy Frever of Aviarc (and a fellow member of the Seattle XP board) described his role of lead dev...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/26/2005

Mugridge on Fit

How could I pass up the opportunity to hear Rick Mugridge talk about Expressing Business Rules in...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/26/2005

Agile 2005 Keynote

I’m blown away by the turnout for this conference! They’re actually screening participants for a...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/26/2005

Agile2005

I’m currently in Denver, attending Agile2005. It looks to be a fantastic conference. All the big...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/25/2005

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