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How to annoy your ScrumMaster
As a ScrumMaster, these are some of my pet peeves, in no particular order: Come late to meetings. Better yet, don't show up to the meeting, don't let anyone know that you're going to miss the meeting, and then get grumpy when the ScrumMaster asks you to not do it again. After all, the team doesn't really need to know what you're doing. Ignore the priority of stories set by the product owner. He loves not knowing what's going to be completed at the end of the iteration. Have side conversations during ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 30, 2008 5:27 PM

Great article on Bad Apples
Read this article today. We've had a couple of bad apples on our team so far, and they caused quite a bit of grief before they were removed. On an agile team, the team can't function if the apples are bad, and a single bad apple can cause much grief for the entire team. Technorati Tags: Agile ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 23, 2008 1:37 PM

If only it weren't so true
I've experienced this before, and all you can do is cry. This is why agile is so important. Instead of one person making all of the decisions, you have a team that makes the decisions. The "manager" tends to fall into just a product owner role, which is a good thing. In a team situation, the intern would have had a chance to put out his ideas as to a solution. In agile, they would have been in two to four week intervals, so rather than a 5 month development period, the stakeholders (i.e. the boss) ......

Posted On Thursday, July 17, 2008 11:48 AM

Mage and MinVersion
Well, that was certainly annoying. I'm trying to create a new application manifest (deployment manifest), and if I use the -MinVersion (-mv) option as specified in the Mage documentation, it fails with the error, "The minimum version specified is not valid." I'm guessing that this goes hand in hand with the bug that I ran into earlier where you can't do anything but a check after install when using mage. For that defect, I ended up running some code to replace the <expiration maximumAge="0" unit="days" ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 16, 2008 1:34 PM

Agile and how to make it fail

Read a great article on how to make agile fail today.  Very entertaining and educational!

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Posted On Tuesday, July 8, 2008 2:33 PM

Well, that was fun! An adventure in WCF, SSL, and Host Headers
Had a problem with WCF that I thought I should blog about. We're in the scenario where we have a WCF service that needs to call another service to do some calculating and then return the result back to the client. For now, the service is hosted on the same server, but eventually, it could get expensive, so we'll push out that calculation to another server. The WCF configuration also has an endpoint address that is not the same as the base address reported to it by IIS; IIS is of course reporting ......

Posted On Thursday, July 3, 2008 11:49 AM

Ya think!
So Netflix decided that a campaign, by their most loyal customers, to see them destroyed was a bad thing. I got this in my e-mail yesterday: "You spoke, and we listened. We are keeping Profiles. Thank you for all the calls and emails telling us how important Profiles are.We are sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused. We hope the next time you hear from us we will delight, and not disappoint, you. -Your friends at Netflix" They've created a lot of bad blood and mistrust, however. How long ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 1, 2008 7:52 AM

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