February 2007 - Posts

Process Template Editor Now a Power Tool
21 February 07 12:17 AM | Joel Semeniuk | 2 comment(s)

The Team System Process Template Editor is a tool I kicked-off that helped with the creation and maintenance of Team System Process Template definitions as well as work item defintions. 

I'm very excited to announce that this tool is now part of the Team Foundation Power Tool Pack and can be downloaded here (http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa718351.aspx).  


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Metrics for Developers?
18 February 07 04:48 PM | Joel Semeniuk | with no comments

Check out this article by Nigel Cheshire - quoting both Sam Guckenheimer and Joel Spolsky about whether or not measuring developer performance is a good thing or not.  Both Sam and Joel say to stay clear away from doing this.  Where do you stand?  Personally, I say that we need to "professionalize" our industry a bit more before we can be effective at doing this.  Tools like Team System make instrumentation of developers a lot easier, however I don't think we can clearly understand the inter-relationship of metrics on individual developers well enough yet.  Nigel compares Sales people to Developers in this respect - asking why we can ask Sales people to hit metrics and not ask Developers to do the same.

 I think we'll be there one day - however, I think the real way to measure developers is how they interact as a team - and from that measure the team by the results of that team - in this case the software they develop.  Our industry needs to has a lot more maturing to do before we should focus on individual developer metrics, as there are likely hundreds of other aspects organizations can improve upon first that have greater value. 


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