Author: Richard Hundhausen

  • Creating a Custom SSDT Test Condition

    Creating a Custom SSDT Test Condition

    I was teaching our new SSDT2019 class today and, while discussing SQL Server Unit Testing, I was asked why the default Row Count test condition only tested for equality (and not less than, greater than, or inequality). I decided to build one that did just those things. First, I dusted off the old guidance from…

  • Find PBIs Without Test Cases

    Find PBIs Without Test Cases

    I’m feeling encouraged. It seems that more and more teams, whether they are using automated or manual tests, are using Azure Test Plans to create and track their acceptance testing efforts. I was teaching a pre-conference workshop at STARWEST last week, and a student asked how to find all the Product Backlog Items (PBIs) in…

  • Creating a Product Backlog Treemap

    Creating a Product Backlog Treemap

    Product Backlogs are boring. Not only are they one dimensional, but they are often unordered. This is to say nothing of their potential lack of information as well. (User) story maps are way more interesting. Not only are they two dimensional, but they group features and ideas and help to visualize the release plan. Also,…

  • Scrum in a Nutshell

    Scrum in a Nutshell

    At the beginning of a Sprint, the Product Owner presents a refined and ordered Product Backlog to the Developers. A Sprint Goal is crafted and the Developers select an achievable set of the items to achieve the Sprint Goal best. This is their forecast. The Developers also create a plan to achieve the Sprint Goal…

  • What’s our Sprint Goal?

    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 Team on why it is building the Increment. As the Development Team works, it keeps the Sprint Goal in mind. Unfortunately, there is no first class…

  • Energizers

    Energizers

    An energizer imparts energy, vitality, or spirit to other people. Energizer activities are important in classroom training environments – especially right after a large lunch. Here is a good list of energizers recently compiled by Jesper Fernström (a fellow trainer from Sweden) … Happy Salmon – You can also try playing in groups of 3,…

  • Room configuration for team-based training

    Room configuration for team-based training

    When planning a team-based training event, please consider the room configuration. Having a comfortable table and chair arrangement will go a long ways towards a positive learning experience. Round or square tables allowing students to sit in teams of 4-6 with laptops is ideal. Include wall space for plenty of whiteboards, flip charts, and sticky notes.…

  • Should our team use Scrum?

    Should our team use Scrum?

    As a traveling 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 – I would always answer “Yes!”. Well, you would be wrong. I frequently talk people out of Scrum – for the right reasons. Professional Scrum Trainers…

  • Which tests are my regression tests?

    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 teams using Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Team Services to create a separate static test suite or even a test plan. Those approaches are way…

  • Create a Professional Scrum process

    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 you may know, the Scrum Guide has been updated more frequently than Microsoft’s Scrum process (template) which, when launched, was meant to be an exact implementation. It falls upon the community (me…