17223Re: Who the hell is Ron Miller and WHY is he redefining Agile for MSFT?
- Nov 6, 2006One of the good/bad things about VSTS is its customizability. Good
because you can set it up pretty much any way you want. Bad because
it's a tremendous hassle to customize the thing.
You can change just about anything - except the way the "work item"
element is defined, with its built-in concept of ownership. I don't
know what the best way to handle this is, but my workaround was to
make "Team" the owner of every work item.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Steve Freeman
> On 3 Nov 2006, at 14:27, dnicolet99 wrote:
> > 'We started with the [MFS] Agile template and customized it somewhat.
> > Out of the box, it had no support for pair programming. Our Microsoft
> > mentors told us that was because pair programming is specifically an
> > XP thing, and not generally an Agile thing. Fine, but nearly everyone
> > in the world who practices Agile development, whether they use XP or
> > not, uses pair programming. We added a field for a pairing partner,
> > but the tool still treats every work item as if it were "owned" by one
> > individual developer. This is consistent with the general mindset
> > reflected in the design of the data model, that project management is
> > largely about finding someone to hang when something goes awry down
> > the line. Definitely not Agile thinking.
> I think I remember similar issues with Smalltalk/Envy back in the
> Cretaceous. Our solution then was to have everyone use the same
> account and annotate the check-in comments. Does VSTS allow you to do
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