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Team Building

This is an excellent post by Christopher Avery that I frequently use when building a software development team: 5 Easy Steps That Will Make Any Team Better The “WIIFM” or What’s In It For Me is always interesting.

UPPERCASE Menu Items in Visual Studio

I felt the tension go out of my shoulders today when I found this option! Not sure what caused them to think all caps for the menu options would be a good idea.

My Daily Scrum Routine

Headline: This describes my daily routine as I participate on a virtual team scattered about the globe as we work on a project using the Scrum template. The Situation Currently I’m working with a team where no two people are in the same time zone! We’re using Visual Studio Online (VSO) with the Scrum process […]

Related Work Items to Reinforce Good Process

Headline: Always associate related work items to your changesets upon check-in. This post shows an easy way to do that using a Query that also reinforces the process. Scrum Sprint Board Overview Most projects I work on with Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server use the Scrum process template. I also do some work using […]

What is a phone?

Headline: Seems the old telephone is going by the wayside… Some observations. Calling from the desktop For several years now I’ve not used a phone in the office. Instead I used other audio communications like Microsoft’s Lync or Skype. I have an excellent microphone and speaker setup… Or, if needed, I have some good headphones […]