Agile/Scrum blog

Are your meetings boring and unproductive? Not with some Lean Coffee!

Door: Martijn van Asseldonk,  17-10-2014
Onderwerp: Lean  

You want to have structured meetings. You also want meetings to be effective and to fulfill the needs of the attendants. And last, but not least, you do not want them to drag on. But how do you do this? Simple: use the Lean Coffee format.

Holding a good meeting is not easy. As the organizer of a meeting, we are often only focused on getting our own goals met. We start the meeting, but then one of the attendees raises a point and before you know it, the whole meeting is taken into another direction. Half of the attendants mentally wander off, while one colleague keeps talking about some unimportant topic. Sounds familiar?

Agile Contracts - 6 Best Practices to Kick Start Your Scrum Team

Barry Overeem Door: Barry Overeem,  10-10-2014
Onderwerp: Agile Contacts  

Agile contracting is a broad subject that can be approached from several perspectives with different types of contract. This blog post is written from my own experiences working for a web agency as a supplier. This is also the perspective I use. The customer is an external client desiring support for a software development project.

One of the values of the Agile manifesto is "customer collaboration over contract negotiation". It states the customer/supplier relationship should be an effective partnership where the contract supports the Agile mindset. Adapting to new insights and processing gained knowledge should be possible after a healthy discussion between all the stakeholders. Responding to change is supported by a lightweight contract that only contains the necessary agreements about the cooperation between the customer and supplier.

In reality however, contract negotiation can be slightly more difficult. When the customer has a great idea that he liked to see fulfilled, enthusiasm is high and the possibilities are endless. We only have to agree upon the contract...

Continuous Deployment - Remote execution of PowerShell scripts from your build process

Door: Prajeesh Prathap,  29-09-2014
Onderwerp: CD  PowerShell  TFS  architecture  

Including Windows PowerShell script as part of your build and deployment process, brings you the flexibility of easily and effectively customize your packaging and deployment process. With the proper combination of environment configuration files (XML) and PowerShell scripts you can achieve the impossible. This post will show you how to run Windows PowerShell scripts remotely from a TFS build process.

Using CredSSP for second-hop remoting
One common issue with PowerShell remoting is the “double hop” problem. When the scripts are executed remotely on a Server A and then it tries to connect from Server A to Server B, the second connection fails to send the credentials to that server. As a result the second server fails to authenticate the request and rejects the connection. To get around this issue you need to use the CredSSP authentication mechanism in PowerShell.

The Backlog Prioritisation Quadrant

Door: Barry Overeem ,  29-09-2014
Onderwerp: Backlog Prioritisation  

One of the main responsibilities of the Product Owner is managing the product backlog. It's a team effort to refine the backlog, but the Product Owner is the one responsible for prioritising the backlog. This is a challenging job. Product Owners who are new in their role think the backlog only contains user stories for new features. But they soon find out this is only a part of the backlog. But what are the other parts? And how to find the right balance between them? This is where the 'backlog prioritisation quadrant' shows its value.