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Posted by | May 23, 2018
What’s our Sprint Goal?

According to the Scrum Guide, the Sprint Goal is an objective set for the Sprint that can be met through the implementation of Product Backlog. It provides guidance to the Development...

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Posted by | May 16, 2018
Creating a Visual Studio Team Explorer 2017 offline installer

Having an offline installer (.iso) of Team Explorer can be very beneficial, for various reasons. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn't offer one. Here are the simple steps to follow in order to...

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Posted by | February 8, 2018
Energizers

An energizer is something that imparts energy, vitality, or spirit to other people. Energizer activities are important in classroom training environments - especially right after a large lunch. Here is...

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Posted by | February 2, 2018
Room configuration for team-based training

When planning a team-based training event, please consider the room configuration. Having the right table and chair arrangement will go a long ways towards a positive learning experience. Round or square...

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Posted by | October 31, 2017
Should our team use Scrum?

As a travelling Scrum and DevOps consultant I’m constantly asked “should our team use Scrum”? Now you might think that being a Professional Scrum Trainer – and serious Scrum fanboy...

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Posted by | September 28, 2017
Which tests are my regression tests?

Although we can't help you decide which tests should be part of your regression suite, we can help you easily identify them by using tags. Over the years, we've seen...

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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. As...

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Posted by | September 30, 2016
Wassup Team Room?

According to Microsoft's official definition, Team Rooms, like chat rooms, "provide teams with a space to discuss work in progress, ask questions, share status, and clarify issues that arise." Sounds...

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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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