# Thursday, 21 April 2016

A few years before I left Microsoft UK to join RippleRock, I remember having a conversation with one of my future colleagues about RippleRock’s value proposition and their response was simply this:

“We will make your Agile project successful”

Now, of course they went on to caveat that this requires buy-in from the business among other things but RippleRock’s specialism in both Lean/Agile process and ALM/DevOps tooling give them a unique position among the Microsoft UK Partners.

Since I joined the team, RippleRock have continued to deliver on that statement but there is one thing that comes up project after project and that is the difficulty and inaccuracy teams encounter with gaining usable insight into their development process . On top of that, most organisations insist on reporting on metrics that will only drive the wrong behaviour and cause dissatisfaction in the team.

Some examples include:

  • How accurate are the team’s initial estimates?
  • How many bugs have the testers raised?
  • How many lines of code have been written?
  • Comparing velocity across teams
  • Cost per team/Story Point

This type of behaviour and the difficulty in authoring reporting (initially in TFS/VSTS but also in Jira etc.) caused RippleRock to develop SenseAdapt.  The name obviously comes from the tool’s aim which is to allow teams to ‘sense’ what is going on in their project and ‘adapt’ their process in order to improve things.

Some examples of what SenseAdapt is visualising for your team:

  • When will this project complete?
    • Based on real historical data and using Monte Carlo simulation to predict the likely range of completion dates.
  • How healthy is our backlog?
    • Are we working on the right things?  Have we given the team all the information they need to do their jobs?
  • How much ‘sludge’ is in our backlog?
    • Typically, there is lots.  This is work that never makes its way to the top of the backlog and will never be addressed, it just sits there, growing and demoralising the team
  • Where are the bottlenecks in our process?
    • How can we improve the flow of value to users

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Figure 1: Currently available charts in SenseAdapt

Our clients have been using SenseAdapt for five months and the insights that it brings to teams and management is leading to real change in both process and project scope as they rely less on the current subjective reporting and groupthink.

Recently we came up with what I think is the perfect description of what RippleRock are enabling with SenseAdapt:

Process Telemetry

Whilst we use tools such as Application Insights and Dynatrace to monitor a running application or website, SenseAdapt monitors your development process and helps you to see and then take action to improve the system.

If you are interested in a demo or a trial of SenseAdapt or want to discuss what it could offer you then contact us.

If you are UK based then come along to our free event at Microsoft Campus in Reading on 6th May where we will talk about all this and much more.

More details and signup here:

Engaging the Business with Team Foundation Server: From Idea to Live – Microsoft Campus, Reading (Friday 6th May 2016)

More information on SenseAdapt available on http://www.senseadapt.com

Cheers,

Richard



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# Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Are you using TFS 2012? 

Are you using or adopting Scrum?

Then get the most out of your tools and your process by attending a 2-day Certified ScrumMaster course with a free one day Scrum with TFS course.

The CSM course is taught by our Certified Scrum Trainer, Colin Bird, and I will be helping out with the optional, free third day which will give you hands on experience with TFS 2012, putting into practice what you have learned in the first 2 days.

The course will be held on Microsoft Campus in Reading on the 21st May – 23rd May

More details available here or you can register here.

If you hurry you can still get the discounted early bird price!

Cheers,

Richard



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# Thursday, 25 April 2013

Yesterday I presented at Microsoft Tech.Days Online 2013.  It was a slightly odd experience presenting in an almost empty auditorium to some cameras and a bunch of AV guys.

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*Picture shamelessly borrowed from fellow presenter Colin Beales

If you attended the sessions, hopefully you enjoyed it and if you have any questions then please do get in touch.  The event continues today with some great content for IT Pros.

Cheers,

Richard



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# Friday, 19 April 2013

It’s my pleasure to be part of Microsoft UK Tech Days Online 2013 which is happening next Wednesday (24th April 2013).  It’s shaping up to be an excellent 3-day online event for both developers an IT Professionals with some really interesting areas being covered.  Day One is aimed at the development community with sessions on targeting Windows 8 and Windows Azure alongside Team Foundation Server and Application Lifecycle Management.  The day starts at 09:20 BST 

Introduction to Tech Days Online
Developing in Visual Studio, what's changed in the last 12 months?
Developing for Windows 8 with Visual Studio 2012
Interview with Planky/David Gristwood - Visual Studio Tools with Windows Azure
Being Agile with Team Foundation Server 2012
TFS for everyone – Using TFS in a heterogeneous project (Eclipse, Java and using Git-tf)
Upgrading to Team Foundation Server 2012
Testing enhancements in Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 and Update 2
“The Thrill of the Hunt” with Exploratory testing in Visual Studio 2012

I am hosting two of the sessions and I’ll be around to answer questions live on the day.

12:00  Being Agile with Team Foundation Server 2012

Team Foundation Server 2012 introduced a number of excellent features and capabilities to help enable your agile team to plan, manage and track their work. This session will introduce the tools and provide details on how to get the best out of them.

15:40  Testing enhancements in Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 and Update 2

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 and the newly released Update 2 have introduced some exciting new features and functionality to the core testing tools.  This session will demonstrate the new web based Test Case Management, cross browser support for Coded UI Testing and Microsoft Test Manager improvements.

You can register for this event here and it’s worth doing even if you can’t make it on the day as we’ll follow up with resources and recordings of the sessions.

Cheers,

Richard

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Friday, 19 April 2013 14:53:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]