Microsoft, Professional Effectiveness

Totally Unofficial "Build 2013 Awards"

If there was one overriding theme to the comments that I heard, and made, about Microsoft’s Build 2013 Conference, it was about the lack of session details available to attendees prior to the event. At registration, the only information provided were the titles, times, presenters and the notoriously subjective and ambiguous “level.” Detailed descriptions were not available until an update to the Channel 9 Events app that occurred late on the first day. Deciding between “New Platform Capabilities for Advancing Web Development” and “Improving Developer Productivity and Software Quality and Software Quality with Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Tools” is a Rorschach’s test in nerd perception.

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By Brad Newman on Jul 15, 2013 3:00:28 AM

Sprint 0: A Plan for Project Discovery

When a project starts, Scrum based teams are challenged with transforming the the chrysalis of a charter or RFP into the butterfly of a Product Backlog. The pressure of this challenge is even greater when delivering under a fixed priced project. The last thing a team needs is the distraction of explaining the mechanics of Scrum to business partners such as the Product Owner. Therefore, it is imperative that a clear plan for Sprint 0 (or the Discovery period) is layed out so that all participants are clear on their roles and the process of narrowing the cone of uncertainty is undertaken as soon as possible.

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By Brad Newman on Jun 1, 2012 11:24:51 AM