Product Owners are not a myth

Steven Borg brought “5 Reasons Why a Product Owner Team Might Be a Good Idea” to my attention which in turn lead me to read “Is Scrum a –ism that doesn’t work for real?“, and for me there seams to be a certain amount of “missing the point” and I wanted to try to find […]

Are Scrum Masters agents for change?

If you are interested in finding out more about Scrum and how to implement it you might be interested in the Professional Scrum Master certification. Think of it not as becoming a “Master” of anything, but just making sure that you are not going to be a danger to those around you.   Do you […]

How Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server enable Compliance

One of the things that makes Team Foundation Server (TFS) the most powerful Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform is the traceability it provides to those that use it. This traceability is crucial to enable many companies to adhere to many of the Compliance regulations to which they are bound (e.g. CFR 21 Part 11 or […]

Do you want to be an ALM Consultant?

Northwest Cadence is looking for our next great consultant! At Northwest Cadence, we have created a work environment that emphasizes excellence, integrity, and out-of-the-box thinking.  Our customers have high expectations (rightfully so) and we wouldn’t have it any other way!   Northwest Cadence has some of the most exciting customers I have ever worked with […]

Commit to Visual Studio ALM on Area51

A few weeks ago I proposed a new community for StackExchange and it has been growing at an exponential rate. We are about half way there, but we need your help to make this community a success.   Update 16th August 2010 – The Proposal has now moved from Proposed to the Committed stage and […]

Do you have a contract between the Product Owner and the Team?

Working in Scrum it is useful to define a Sprint Contract between the Product Owner (PO) and the implementation Team. Doing this helps to improve common understanding in, and sometimes to enforce, the relationship between the PO and the Team. Update 14th April 2010 Rule added to Rules to better Scrum with TFS This is […]

Scrum for Team Foundation Server 2010

I will be presenting a session on “Scrum for TFS2010” not once, but twice! If you are going to be at the Aberdeen Partner Group meeting on 27th April, or DDD Scotland on 8th May then you may be able to catch my session. Credit: I want to give special thanks to Aaron Bjork from […]

Do you know that every user story should have an owner?

When you are building complicated software and working with customers it is always nice for them to have some idea on who to speak to about a particular story during a sprint. Update 14th April 2010 Rule added to Rules to better Scrum with TFS In order to achieve this one of the Team takes […]

Envisioning vs Provisioning

Naked ALM Consulting Logo

Developers fall into two categories with regard to building solutions: Envisioners (Research) Envisioners can build complicated code in their head and develop complex proof-of-concept demos. They usually know all about the new technologies and can use them as soon as they are in beta. Envisioners tend to have job titles like “Developer Evangelist”, “Technical Evangelist” […]