Scrum

Posted by | March 15, 2017
Create a Professional Scrum process

Visual Studio Team Services' customization capabilities are to a point now where I can write this blog post ... as a rebuttal to any earlier post of my own. Since...

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Posted by | August 15, 2016
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...

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Posted by | June 13, 2016
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...

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Posted by | November 4, 2015
Microsoft, please give us a Scrum process template

In 2014, the Scrum Guide was moved off of Scrum.org and posted to ScrumGuides.org. At the same time, all of the major Scrum organizations in the world acknowledged this as...

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Posted by | June 3, 2015
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...

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Posted by | January 29, 2015
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...

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Posted by | November 17, 2014
Team members in the Readers group can create work items!

Watch out. This could happen to you and your team. Let's assume you have a single team project with three teams (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato) ... Next, let's assume you have...

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Posted by | November 14, 2014
Using the Kanban Board to Implement a Definition of Ready

More and more teams are adopting a Definition of Ready (also known as DoR or Readiness Criteria) to avoid starting work on PBIs that are ill-defined, such as those that do not...

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Posted by | November 14, 2014
What’s New in the Visual Studio Scrum 2013.4 Process Template

Many Visual Studio and .NET announcements were made this week. A minor one was the RTM of Visual Studio 2013 Update 4. This update included improvements and bug fixes to...

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Posted by | March 24, 2014
What’s New in the Visual Studio Scrum 2013.2 Process Template

I noticed today that the process templates in Visual Studio Online are showing a “.2” suffix in their names. I’m not exactly sure when this update occurred, but am pretty...

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