Here at SSW, we've been transitioning all our new projects onto Team Foundation Service. It’s been a pleasure to work with in all aspects of the application lifecycle. It’s main features are:

  • A great UI for managing the tasks in a sprint
  • Cloud based hosting, so you don’t have to worry about upgrades and server hardware
  • It connects to Windows Live for authentication so you don’t need to create an Active Directory account for your clients

Below is a video of how Microsoft use Team Foundation Service to run their internal scrum teams. It provides great insight into how the tool works, but also shows you how a standup meeting should run. The key takeaways for me are:

  • Stand-up meeting happens in a corridor
  • Each team member can easily switch the taskboard to their view (showing what they’ve worked on)
  • “Parking” issues so the stand-up is quick

Check out Methodology - Do you do Daily Scrums (aka stand-up meetings)? for more details about how SSW runs scrums

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