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. Since...

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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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Posted by | November 4, 2015
Microsoft, please give us a Scrum process template

In 2014, the Scrum Guide was moved off of and posted to At the same time, all of the major Scrum organizations in the world acknowledged this as...

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Posted by | June 3, 2015
Visual Studio Live! in Austin

Update: Added additional links for my same talks at VSLive! in San Francisco today (17 June, 2015) Thank you to those who attended my two talks today. I enjoyed our...

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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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