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March 7, 2012

Watch the Microsoft TFS Agile Team Eat Their Own Dogfood!


Microsoft isn’t just writing a new Agile project template for TFS, their also using it internally. In this video from Adam Cogan at SSW, watch as the Microsoft TFS Agile team use the new Agile template that they are working on to manage their own scrum.  You’ll also see some important tips for running your own scrums and how the Microsoft team uses those tips (or doesn’t) to ensure an efficient meeting.


Adam’s video covers some valuable tips for managing an efficient scrum including the following:

  1. Have your Scrum Master review the Sprint Progress at the end
  2. Keep a schedule of the Daily Scrum times on a wall + have a recurring appointment in Outlook
  3. Keep to the schedule.  Same place, same time (and start even if people are missing)
  4. Update tasks before the Daily Scrum.
  5. Don’t go into detail.
  6. No phone + no checking email.  No distractions.
  7. Use a task board (even better use an electronic one).

You can find more Scrum tips at  If you’d like to learn more about how other professional developers use the Scrum model, this video is a great example.  And if you’d like to learn more about the Scrum process take a look at SSW’s War Room Scrum Diagrams.

About the Author

is a Chief Architect specializing in large scale distributed system development and enterprise software processes. Paul has more than twenty years of development experience including being a former Microsoft MVP, a speaker at technical conferences such as Microsoft Tech-Ed and VSLive, and a published author. Prior to working on the Windows platform, he built software using a vast array of technologies including Java, Unix, C, and even OS/2.