Posted by | February 24, 2015
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...

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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 | October 21, 2014
A unique load testing experiment

Most of the guidance you'll find about Visual Studio Ultimate Load Tests suggests that they are only for load testing Web Performance tests. Actually, they can be used to load...

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Posted by | May 9, 2014
Develop.Idaho 2014 Videos Published

Updated 20 May: Added presentations (but no videos) from the "Business of Software" track. It took a few extra days to get these produced and published, but they are now...

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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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Posted by | March 17, 2014
Free TFS 2013 Webinars in March and April 2014

I noticed that Microsoft Customer Service & Support (CSS) is offering a number of great webinars in the coming days on various TFS and ALM topics ... TFS Release Management...

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Posted by | February 26, 2014
The ProcessTemplateEditorPackage package did not load correctly

Yesterday, while using Team Explorer for Visual Studio 2013 to customize a process template, I ran into this error … As suggested, I checked the ActivityLog.xml, but it didn’t offer...

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