Article: Enacting Scrum and Agile with Visual Studio 2012

The current issue of the ALM Magazine is out. Besides contributing as an editor, I also had the opportunity of publishing one of my articles:

Enacting Scrum and Agile with Visual Studio 2012

Abstract. Find out how Visual Studio has become the tool of choice to manage your Scrum projects, and how it stands out of the way allowing you to do Agile in your own terms instead of forcing you to adapt your development process to a tool. We will take a tour on how you can enact Scrum best practices and cycles, allowing the team to always have a clear picture of Done should look like at the end of a sprint through using Team Foundation Server as a team communication hub.

Follow the link to get the full article: “Enacting Scrum and Agile with Visual Studio 2012”. I will be publishing it as blog posts as well, so it will be easier to reference.

Contributing to the ALM Magazine

As some of you might know, I have been contributing to the ALM Magazine for the past couple of months as one of its editors. The nice thing about it is that it forces me to keep abreast of what is going on in the industry by our fellow ALM experts (nothing compared to Keith Denham though, as he reads all the articles made available to him, no matter if they will be published or not :-)).

Tarun Arora just posted on his experience of contributing to the ALM Magazine. It is very easy as long as you have already been contributing to the community with quality blog articles, and original articles are also very welcome as well.

This effort has the potential of helping to resolve one of the issues of the current IT environment: information overflow. The editorial team has been focusing on articles that provide the best and current information on ALM, out of thousands out there.

The ongoing allure of the ALM Summit 2013 sessions

ALM Summit 2013 just finished a week ago – but I still feel as if going from session to session. It reminds me of playing Mass Effect 2: after you finish the missions you can still stick around and find a little treasure here and there, as you got ready for the next installment. This was a conference rich on content, and I am still exploring each of the “planetary systems” defined by each session.

Attending this conference has given me so much valuable information, that I will be digesting and revisiting it for the next couple months. I intend to watch every other session that I could not attend, after they are released  to the the general public. Just the literature references have already added another 10+ books to my reading list. And the business contacts have been invaluable. There will be some more follow up posts :-)

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