Are we really 15 years into Agile and still failing to master one of the foundational principles? That is to use data to provide frequent, actionable feedback loops. Most teams still rely on the most...
30 / 9 / 2015 by Bazil Arden
The joy I get in my job is through seeing other people flourish. This means that coaching is something that I am very passionate about. When I train or mentor ScrumMasters I teach them how they can c...
30 / 9 / 2015 by Helen Meek
Why have an ROI field in the Product Backlog The goal of a Product Owner in a Scrum team is to derive the maximum benefit from the team’s time, in other words to maximise the Return On Investment (R...
17 / 8 / 2015 by Colin Bird
TFS Rippler is an add-on for Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server (TFS) that runs as a background service, providing some key benefits that you don’t get out of the box with TFS. TFS Rippler automatica...
13 / 8 / 2015 by Colin Bird
One of the questions I am often asked is ‘How do I sell an organisation agile? The answer is I don’t… The business has often decided they need to change because something is no longer working for the...
4 / 8 / 2015 by Helen Meek
I was getting my usual taxi to work this morning and I got a driver I didn’t know. We exchanged pleasantries and then he asked me what I do for a living. I normally way up my answers, if I say Agile ...
31 / 7 / 2015 by Helen Meek
Recently I have been doing a lot of coding, and we’ve been working on some exciting things at RippleRock from Lean Coffee Table, TFS Rippler and some advanced HTML 5 charting tools. Our working atmos...
20 / 7 / 2015 by Rory Street
Are you adopting TFS 2013, 2015 or even Visual Studio Online? Do you need to train a lot of staff members with different roles? eg. developers, testers, scrum masters, product owners, stakeho...
10 / 7 / 2015 by Richard Erwin
There are some great features coming in Team Foundation Server 2015 and they’re already largely available in Visual Studio online. My personal favourite is the enhanced Agile tooling in Team...
8 / 7 / 2015 by Richard Erwin
I wrote this article more as a reminder to myself on the process I need to go through to make a web application written in ASP.NET (MVC) that uses the TFS API to actually work. I have done this sever...
24 / 6 / 2015 by Rory Street
People don’t always understand the role of the ScrumMaster……..What is more shocking is ScrumMasters don’t always understand what their role is! The Scrum Alliance in its literature and certified co...
17 / 6 / 2015 by Helen Meek
For my sins I love Bon Jovi! Maybe not so much the recent stuff, but they have some real classics. I have seen them in concert many times and I have to admit they are a real crowd pleaser...
12 / 6 / 2015 by Helen Meek
It was the annual event of ‘Meek Week’ last week. This means it was my birthday and made all my friends treat me like a princess for the whole week. I am pleased to confirm they did not let me down!&...
9 / 6 / 2015 by Helen Meek
You will all know by now my love for cheesy 80’s films and how they often appear in my retrospectives. I have now created one based upon the film the Karate kid. I thought this film was epic ...
25 / 5 / 2015 by Helen Meek
This post is more for my own reference as I spent a bit of time trying to figure this one out. For a long time now you have been able to choose your own Team field in TFS and let TFS know this using ...
21 / 5 / 2015 by Rory Street
The function GetProjectNodeInfoFromReportFolder() is typically used to identify where the top data node is for an SSRS report. So the project GUID and/or the collection GUID. The table ...
18 / 5 / 2015 by Peter Haynes
I’m embarrassed to admit that, as a long time Agile coach, I hadn’t appreciated the benefits of burn-up charts over burn-downs, merely seeing it as a mirror image - I was wrong. However it has b...
14 / 5 / 2015 by Bazil Arden
One of the most exciting things I took away from Microsoft's Build 2015 event on day 1 apart from the fact they were embracing all platforms this time was how they proved that by releasing their firs...
30 / 4 / 2015 by Rory Street
I recently gave a talk at the BCS London Lean Kanban Day 2015 (http://www.slideshare.net/KanbanDan/coaching-served-2-ways) which was about what I learned as an Agile Coach going through the English R...
28 / 4 / 2015 by Dan Brown
Everyone always asks me why I very rarely give meet up talks, despite looking after two user groups. I guess part of it is, why does anyone want to hear me talk? But when I do actually push mys...
27 / 3 / 2015 by Helen Meek
I’ve collected a few notes together into a working Ruby script that shows just a little of what the Chef API can do for future reference. The Chef API provides a route into collecting Chef data; pe...
6 / 3 / 2015 by Peter Haynes
TFS update 4 (and possibly previous updates) run code coverage works one way and not the other. I’ve got a couple of unit tests setup and I want TFS build code coverage . I turned on code c...
27 / 2 / 2015 by Peter Haynes
Back at the beginning of February I showed how Microsoft Release Management can be used to get CI/CD up and running. I’m now going to show you Microsoft Release Management with Chef integration. ...
25 / 2 / 2015 by Peter Haynes
What I enjoy about my work is the autonomy I get to try new things and the support that I get from ripplerock (whatever the outcome). I guess that much of what us Agile coaches do is experiment...
24 / 2 / 2015 by Helen Meek
I was working on a client’s computer yesterday to make some Process Template changes on TFS 2013. I fired up a command prompt, typed witadmin /? to see if it was on the path an off I went. I ...
6 / 2 / 2015 by Richard Erwin
Using Microsoft TFS with Microsoft Release Management you can successfully automate from code check-in to deployed and ready to test. You might already have some of this happening; at least you’ve ...
4 / 2 / 2015 by Peter Haynes
Checkout this excellent article by Mark Rendle on running ASP.NET 5 with Linux and Docker. http://blog.markrendle.net/fun-with-asp-net-5-and-docker/?utm_content=buffer75e54&utm_medium=social&am...
26 / 1 / 2015 by Rory Street
Docker and containers are causing something of a stir in the Linux ALM DEVOPS world. A bit of a revolution is taking place. Microsoft has been quick to respond by announcing that it will include D...
22 / 1 / 2015 by Peter Haynes
If you have been keeping up to date with Visual Studio 2015 news. You may have noticed that Microsoft has started adding touch support to Visual Studio 2015. I tried it out on my iPad yesterday and i...
22 / 1 / 2015 by Rory Street
This was one that passed me by over the festive period. If you use the online version of TFS, you can now edit code inside the repository from the web interface and add new files to the repository co...
20 / 1 / 2015 by Rory Street
If you get the above error when installing TFS 2013 Update 4. You may find the following article useful. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/heaths/archive/2014/05/23/update-does-not-apply-or-is-blocked-by-ano...
20 / 1 / 2015 by Rory Street
I’ve recently completed a project working with a great development team. Every time you work on a new project even in a software coaching role you hope people learn new things from you and that you a...
5 / 12 / 2014 by Rory Street
I use a local TFS 2013 HyperV image for most of my demos and experimentation and so reasonably frequently I break it and just rollback to a snapshot rather than spending time trying to repair it. T...
14 / 11 / 2014 by Richard Erwin
Final post for tonight and then I might have a little nap on the train. On another recently created project utilising the custom Team field to scope Work Items to TFS teams rather than the Area Pat...
6 / 11 / 2014 by Richard Erwin
If you made it through my last post, you’ll know that I recently updated a TFS 2013 RTM install to Update 2 to resolve a bug in TFS. During the update we have to re-apply service accounts an...
6 / 11 / 2014 by Richard Erwin
My blog posts are like really terrible buses, you wait 8 weeks for one and now I’ve finally got a little time (3 hours on a train home from the midlands) so 2 or 3 are going to arrive at once. A pr...
6 / 11 / 2014 by Richard Erwin
Technical Debt is a difficult concept for people to understand, and I once came across a wonderful analogy and although I can’t remember who I heard the concept from, I would like to share with you a...
24 / 10 / 2014 by Dan Brown
Imagine a motorway between Starttown and Finishcity. When it all flows it takes exactly 3 hours to get from start to finish for a car, a little longer for a lorry, and a little shorter for a motorcyc...
14 / 10 / 2014 by Dan Brown
I’ve often asked the question, “Why are we doing an agile transformation?” to people in agile transformations, and it’s amazing how people usually focus on the tech teams. Don’t get me wrong, agil...
6 / 10 / 2014 by Dan Brown
I have been at the Scrum Gathering Berlin over the last few days and I had a really good time. Not just is it a great place to learn and float new ideas, but it’s also an opportunity to catch up with...
26 / 9 / 2014 by Helen Meek
I’ve been struggling for a metaphor to help explain the difference between statistical forecasting and estimation, and this one came to me, so lets give it a whirl. Let me express the scenario ...
25 / 9 / 2014 by Dan Brown
Numbers Game Whenever I’m in a meeting talking about metrics, someone always brings up Velocity. If you’re familiar with Scrum you’ll know that in this context, velocity means the number of story...
22 / 9 / 2014 by Dan Brown
One of the Team Foundation Server Process Template customisations I do frequently is changing a project to make use of a custom team field rather than the default Area Path to scope Work Items to tea...
12 / 9 / 2014 by Richard Erwin
I was working with some custom build definitions on a training course last week and one of the delegates had a failing build. After a quick visual inspection I couldn’t spot what was wrong and ...
11 / 9 / 2014 by Richard Erwin
Most Team Foundation Server (TFS) administrators know how to license developers. MSDN licenses are the most common, meaning that all users already have a Client Access License for Team Foundati...
23 / 6 / 2014 by Richard Erwin
A client recently told me of some members of a development team saying how they couldn’t see the value of adopting Agile. It’s not uncommon to hear similar sentiments in many teams. This got me thi...
16 / 6 / 2014 by Bazil Arden
I’ve been answering a lot of questions on Team Foundation Server reporting over the last couple of weeks so I thought I’d put some of that information in a blog post. Team Foundation Server is an a...
29 / 5 / 2014 by Richard Erwin
Report Builder - The permissions granted to user 'TFS2013\user' are insufficient for performing this operation
I was doing a little custom reporting using Report Builder today and when I came to preview my report I received an error message. The permissions granted to user 'TFS2013\user' are insufficient...
16 / 5 / 2014 by Richard Erwin
This is more for my own reference. If you use iSubscriber in your applications you may have noticed they’ve stopped working in Update 2 of TFS 2013 because they can’t find WorkItemChangedEvent. Thi...
8 / 5 / 2014 by Rory Street
Scrum and Kanban, What’s the difference? My intention was a short blog, but it quickly grew into a long one to explain what I meant. With that in mind, the conclusion is at the top, please read that...
14 / 1 / 2014 by Dan Brown
How a humble bottle of tomato ketchup can teach us about flow, pull and push. Knowledge work tends to be Complex Adaptive work. That means as you try to solve a problem, the solution leads to a cha...
5 / 12 / 2013 by Dan Brown
I recently blogged here on Is Estimation Waste and I would like to come back to it. There is a movement in Lean and Agile towards #NoEstimates which has a lot of value, but I still believe that we ar...
16 / 8 / 2013 by Dan Brown
Rewiring Brains Personal development is often viewed as ‘fluffy’, with little relationship to the bottom-line, not something a CIO would hang a vision and strategy on. This blog series demonstrates ...
12 / 7 / 2013 by Steve Garnett
LeanKit if you haven’t heard of it is a popular Kanban board available as a service over the Internet. I’ve used it myself and seen it used on several client sites in the past. However the one questi...
9 / 7 / 2013 by Rory Street
Personal development and organisational structures are often viewed as the ‘fluffy’ stuff, with little relationship to bottom-line. This Blog series will attempt to demonstrate that the reverse is tr...
24 / 6 / 2013 by Steve Garnett
When I go into organisations adopting Kanban or advanced Agle, they often know that they should be limiting WIP (Work in Progress) or even are limiting WIP without really understanding why. I'm hopin...
7 / 6 / 2013 by Dan Brown
We’ve been working with a small, ambitious, energetic financial services technology company. They’re a ‘green-field’ agile site, with executive sponsorship for agile adoption and a large portfolio of...
4 / 6 / 2013 by Steve Garnett
Original Post: http://businessvalueexchange.com/brains-are-machines-series-blog-2-innovation-automation-investment/ Personal development is often viewed as ‘fluffy’, with little relationship to the...
29 / 5 / 2013 by Steve Garnett
Original post: http://businessvalueexchange.com/brains-are-machines-series-blog-1-shifting-sands/ The industrial revolution saw the landscape of Britain transformed from rural & agricultural to ur...
17 / 5 / 2013 by Steve Garnett
I’ve been invited to become a CIO Thought Leader and Featured Contributor on a new IDG produced site in collaboration with HP Enterprise Services. The site is called The Business Value Excha...
10 / 5 / 2013 by Steve Garnett
The Cellular Business Model Business in the 21st century is fast-paced, our tools are the internet, the knowledge worker, internationalisation, globalisation, the PC, the cloud, digital communicatio...
1 / 5 / 2013 by Steve Garnett
The Agile:MK Journal, Issue 04 March edition is available from www.agilemk.com. This edition is a write-up of the March User Group session was a discussion about Writing Good Requirements. ...
17 / 4 / 2013 by Steve Garnett
Working on a customer project which is an upgrade of Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2005 projects up to the latest Visual Studio bits and pieces. Upgrade of most solutions went fine, except for ...
2 / 4 / 2013 by Stuart Preston
I adore working with teams and seeing them pull together, be creative and succeed against the challenges they face. However, quite often the challenges are human-centric rather than what they’re work...
24 / 3 / 2013 by Sophie Manton
This blog is part of the Blog Series: A Decade in Agile and was first published in February 2005. My updated reflections are in blue italics. I believe that adopting a scrum approach to project del...
19 / 3 / 2013 by Steve Garnett
Technorati Tags: TFS Branches,Branches,Peter Haynes Technorati Tags: ALM Technorati Tags: TFS2012 I don’t want to get into the whys and wherefores just yet; I’d like to start with the ass...
12 / 3 / 2013 by Peter Haynes
www.agilemk.com Latest issues of Agile:MK Journal available. Next Meeting: Tuesday 26th March, 6pm-8pm, Jurys Inn Hotel, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes ...
11 / 3 / 2013 by Steve Garnett
Introduction In many organisations a TFS installation will comprise of more than one project collection. The data from all project collections is stored in the same TFS warehouse. This i...
11 / 3 / 2013 by Peter Haynes
Introduction This is a description of how to put together a report that tracks change to some data over time. This example will be a basic Product Backlog report. For this work we will...
8 / 3 / 2013 by Peter Haynes
Portfolio-level prioritising is fraught with problems… ambitious senior stakeholders, promoting their agenda, rarely meeting together to see how their projects compare to others resulting in a portfo...
8 / 2 / 2013 by Bazil Arden
The simplest illustration of the benefits of focus must be this one – clearly illustrating that if we focus on _and finish_ one feature (or project) at a time then all 3 features are delivered quicke...
23 / 11 / 2012 by Bazil Arden
Multiple Teams with Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2012 & Visual Studio Scrum V2.x (Updated 14/5/2013)
Introducing Team Foundation Server 2012 and Scrum V2.x The combination of Microsoft’s latest Scrum process template and Team Foundation Server 2012 brings a host of new features and much im...
19 / 11 / 2012 by Colin Bird
Many turn to contracts as a way to reduce risk. Agile has several alternative, and proven, was to reduce risk. This blog outlines shows how to get from a contract to an ordered list of clear requirem...
9 / 11 / 2012 by Bazil Arden
The delivery pipeline is an idea which resonates with our clients. The simplicity of the metaphor and the truths that it reveals make it a compelling message to share with others in the organisation....
1 / 11 / 2012 by Bazil Arden
At a current client, there have been incidents where the running of an MTM Test manually changes the IE proxy settings, which means no more Google juice and no email – as they are running Office 365....
18 / 7 / 2012 by Simon Reindl
A tale of two error in the path to RC install. I wanted to install the RC of TFS2012 to do some upgrade proving. To keep up to date the target is Windows Server 2012, running SQL 2012, and TF...
3 / 7 / 2012 by Simon Reindl
Overview There is a common misconception that there is no planning in Scrum. While there is nothing in the latest Scrum Guide (http://www.scrum.org/scrumguides/) specifying Release Planning, the omi...
13 / 6 / 2012 by Simon Reindl
The performance of software delivery teams is so often undermined by team members being shared with other teams or regularly borrowed for operational support and other emergencies. We know that sma...
31 / 5 / 2012 by Colin Bird
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