May 2007 - Posts

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Scrum for SharePoint by Bil Simser

Agile teams are all about co-location and communication. We have a wall where tasks are posted. The wall is life. It is the source of truth. From the wall, the ScrumMaster (me generally) enters in the hours remaining for tasks and updates some backend...
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What the heck happened to ASP.NET Weblogs? by Bil Simser

I see (or guess) that ASP.NET Weblogs (where this blog is hosted) upgraded to a newer version of Community Server but boy it doesn't look good. Besides the change in the control panel and things, the look is pretty different on my blog, the sidebar has...
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A Scrum by any other name... by Bil Simser

I'm not getting it. I'm seeing a lot of posts about " Feature Driven Development " (or FDD for short) but I'm just not getting it. All I see is Scrum with different terminology. I was reading the Igloo Boy's blog where he's...
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Read it, live it, love it! by Bil Simser

If you're struggling with getting in touch to deliver what your customers really want, try this. To me, this is what Agile is all about. Print out the big version of this (available here ), put it up on your wall (in your face) and read it every morning...
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Have you tried out Planning Poker? by Bil Simser

I'm a big fan of the Planning Poker technique for estimating. It basically is a process where everyone in the room gets together with cards and estimates effort for user stories. Each card has a number on it (a modified fibinacci sequence) of 0, 1, 2...
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Feeds not working on weblogs.asp.net by Bil Simser

Not sure what the problem is but if you subscribe to my feed (via my feedburner url, http://feeds.feedburner.com/bsimser ) you may have noticed that the feeds around here haven't been updated. In fact there's no new feed since May 1st. The feedburner...
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Source Code Posted for SharePoint Forums Web Part by Bil Simser

As I continue to cleanup my projects on CodePlex, I've posted the latest version of the source code for my SharePoint Forums Web Part . This is version 1.2 that was released in August (better late than never?). If you're interested in contributing/enhancing...
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Change Sets Restored on CodePlex for Tree Surgeon by Bil Simser

For those that have been playing along, CodePlex suffered a bit of a hiccup awhile ago and some data was lost. The Tree Surgeon project was one of the casualities (along with some of my other projects). The CodePlex team got the work items restored, but...
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Generic List Converter Snippet by Bil Simser

A useful little class that you might find you need someday. It converts a weakly-typed list (like an IList of items) into a strongly typed one based on the type you feed it. It's super simple to use. For example let's say you get back an IList<People>...
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6 Months of Sprints - A Visual Record by Bil Simser

I thought I would start off the week by airing my dirty laundry, that laundry being one of the projects I'm Scrum Master and Architect on. It's been 6 months of month long iterations and the project is currently on hold as we shifted resources...
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