TFS 2012 Agile Planning Tools Issue – nested tasks makes the parent task disappear

You should use nested PBI’s and never nested Tasks when you are using the Visual Studio 2012 Team Foundation Server Agile Planning Tools and here is why. At some point you take your “Product Backlog Item” and break it down into sub items as part of your development process. This is part of the creation […]

Process Template Upgrade #7 – Rename Work Items and Import new ones

A little while ago I was looking into the best options for upgrading a process template but still keep your data intact, but there is still a little bit of ambiguity on how that is achieved. Although the original list had only #6 options lets look at the #7 option… Update 2013-06-18 Neno pointed out […]

What’s in a burndown?

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I was recently in Park City, Utah to teach the Professional Scrum Foundations course and i just got an email from one of the students. As I want to help everyone I will answer here: If I recall from our training, you suggested teams could burn down their sprints using points or hours.  In your […]

You can’t stack rank hierarchical work items?

At the MVP Summit I was appalled by the number of people who asked questions about new features for supporting hierarchical tasks! I shared a disgusted look with Peter Provost and we had a quick (and I mean really quick) conversation that resulted in this post. it really comes down to one thing: You can’t […]

Are you doing Scrum? Really?

This week I was at the ALM Summit in Redmond. There was a very interesting talk from David Starr of Scrum.org going over the recent changes in Scrum. These changes are, I think, designed to battle the things that have made Scrum unpalatable to many people. The reality is that many people and organisation are […]

Process Template Upgrade #3 – Destroy all Work Items and Import new ones

A little while ago I was looking into the best options for upgrading a process template but still keep your data intact, but there is still a little bit of ambiguity on how that is achieved.  Lets look at the #3 option from that set in a little more detail. This solution assumes that you […]

Upgrading from TFS 2008 and WSS v3.0 with SfTSv2 to TFS 2010 and SF 2010 with SfTSv3

I have been working with a rather large customer that have over 150GB in Team Foundation Server with over 10GB in SharePoint. They are also using the Scrum for Team System v2 (SfTSv2) Process template that is not supported under TFS 2010 so I need to upgrade those process templates to Scrum for Team System […]

My first Scrum team in the wild

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Over the last year I have invested a lot in Scrum. A few months ago I was assigned to teach a two day Scrum course for which I had to build and deliver the material. The team that received the beta of the course has now just finished their first sprint! Although I was unable […]

Professional Scrum Developer (.NET) Training in London

On the 26th – 30th July in Microsoft’s offices in London Adam Cogan from SSW will be presenting the first Professional Scrum Developer course in the UK. I will be teaching this course along side Adam and it is a fantastic experience. You are split into teams and go head-to-head to deliver units of potentially […]

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 […]