About Richard Hundhausen

Richard is the president of Accentient, a company that helps software development teams understand and leverage Microsoft's ALM tools and Scrum. He has over 30 years of software development experience and over 20 years of training experience. Richard is a Microsoft Regional Director, a Visual Studio ALM MVP, a certified Professional Scrum Trainer, and author of Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio by Microsoft Press.

Ordering the Product Backlog by ROI

The Scrum Guide says that the Product Owner is the sole person responsible for managing the Product Backlog and that Product Backlog management includes ordering items in the Product Backlog “t...

Stakeholder Traceroute

I’m always amazed at how difficult and even impossible it can be for stakeholders to get their ideas into some product backlogs. I’ve started asking teams to run a stakeholder traceroute....

Dude, where’s my releases?

You may have noticed when creating a new Scrum team project in Visual Studio Online or Team Foundation Server 2015, that the iteration list looks a bit different. Yes, Microsoft flattened out the lis...

Visual Studio Live! in Austin

Update: Added additional links for my same talks at VSLive! in San Francisco today (17 June, 2015) Thank you to those who attended my two talks today. I enjoyed our conversation about Technical Debt ...

Use Excel to Create Repetitive Work Items

Teams often ask me for any shortcuts to periodically creating the same work items, such as for each sprint or release. In other words, they want to create the same Product Backlog Item or Task (but h...

Promoting a PBI to a Feature (Epic)

For Scrum Teams using TFS 2013 to create and manage their Product Backlog, they may want to take advantage of the new Agile Portfolio. This “higher level” backlog allows a team or organiz...