Features help us plan work better in Team Foundation Service Scrum process

Recently a new work item type named “Feature” popped up in the web UI for Team Foundation Service in both the Scrum and generic Agile process templates. Unfortunately it was not included in any of the backlogs or standard queries by default and I have been experimenting with using it for solving some issues we have been having with longer term planning and the Scrum process template and I believe I have found a good […] Read more »

Speaking at SweNug


Tonight I will be speaking at SweNug, this is an introduction to Scrum and XP and will be based on the courses I have held for Addskills on doing Scrum in practice. I am looking forward to hearing what some of the members of SweNug think about Scrum, XP and agile in general; is it generally accepted everywhere or is it just the Agilist bubble I live in where everyone talks about Scrum, XP and […] Read more »

Two minute timer feature update

The two minute timer that is available for download from the site has been featured and linked to from a couple of places around the internet. The technology it was built with is a few years old but still works in modern versions of Windows and is downloaded regularly by users around the world! I still use it myself for when I need to overcome some serious procrastination but more and more I am trying […] Read more »

Scrum and XP from the Trenches

A colleague of mine informed me of a very interesting document that Henrik Kniberg at Crisp has published as a PDF. It is entitled Scrum and XP from the Trenches and is a detailed description of how Henrik and his colleagues have implemented Scrum. While Scrum is not a prescriptive method and does not require that you work with specific templates or that you perform tasks in a specific manner it is still good to […] Read more »

Agile modeling with UML 2 templates for Visio

I have been working on putting together the documentation for a project these last few days and I use Visio for all my diagrams. I don’t always create UML diagrams for my projects because they just take too much work. UML in Visio is difficult to use as pure documentation since you also need to create the underlying structures for it to work properly and there is some pretty extensive validation built in, although obviously […] Read more »