Scrum De-Mystified, Not So Bad After All

It all started this past summer, of 2006. I started hearing about the latest sure-fire recipe for conducting software development projects: Scrum. Of course this new-fangled methodology came with many new terms, techniques, and rules to learn. After developing software for twenty-plus years now, I am wary of new crazes in this business, so I…

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Tell me how I’m measured…and I’ll behave accordingly

(This is the initial blog post from the MSCOM Service Management Team. This team is an essential resource for our group. They are responsible for on-boarding new customers to MSCOM, working with existing customers to provide guidance and smooth the way for releases, interfacing with our Data Center providers and provide a whole array of…

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Sunset…Do You Know When Prune the Application Tree?

(This is the initial blog post from the MSCOM Operations and Portal Release Management team.)   When it comes to controlling costs, one of the best places to start is by managing your application portfolio.   Recently, the MSCOM Release Management team started looking at making improvements in Portfolio Management – not just the portfolio…

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Windows Live ID Adoption Solution in Microsoft.com

(This is the first blog post from the Test Team that is working on the new Microsoft.com portal site. Testing is critical in the process of getting new code into production. Authentication and authorization can be especially interesting issues to test.) Passport has long played the role of the single sign-on experience as the authentication…

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We Herd Cats

(As the Microsoft.com team has expanded its role from being operations based to taking on the additional role of software design and development, we thought it would be instructive to get our PM’s to talk about what they do and how it helps get the bits into production.)   So what value does a PM…

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Yes, We Recycle!…That Includes AppPools

And I am not just talking about Aluminum and Polystyrene.   Application Pool recycling is one great feature of IIS6 but how do you know if it is helping you or hurting you?  It’s great for availability and reliability but it can also be masking real problems with code running in your applications. If you are…

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Microsoft.com and its ADFS Implementation

Active Directory Federated Service, ADFS, is a Windows Server 2003 (R2) component that facilitates a trust between two or more organizations that will allow the sharing of multiple resources while maintaining each organization’s ability to manage their own set of users. One of the significant challenges faced when trying to implement any new solution is…

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A Little VBS Script Saves the Day

A couple of years ago, on January 28th, 2004 to be exact, I was working another late night at the office when I got a visit from the General Manager of Microsoft.com. He was walking the halls desperately seeking someone to quickly develop a tool/utility to give to customers to help them determine if their…

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Why Is That Elephant In the Room?…View From The Top

This is the latest in the View From the Top series of blog post written by the management of Microsoft.com Operations and Portal Team. This contribution is from Todd Weeks, Sr. Director. Have you ever had a manager tell you “Work Smarter”, and then be really frustrated or even offended at the fact that it…

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Add a little Development, mix in some Security, a dash of Program Management, apply a liberal amount of IIS and SQL…Part of the Recipe for MSCOM Operations’ Blog

  Readers of this blog might have noticed (or been puzzled by) the variety of subject matter that we present. We have had blog posts ranging from “Why Dogfood?” to “Scaling Your Windows…and other TCP/IP Enhancements” to “Where Oh Where Did All of the Microsoft.com SQL Clusters Go?” So what drives the topics for this…

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