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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2006-01-20 Print this article Print

A Conchango white paper said the company is developing an agile methodology plug-in that will optimize VSTS for project teams working within a Scrum process. Moreover, the white paper said: "The intention is that Scrum VSTS should help any team working with Microsoft VSTS and Scrum, but we think it will be of particular benefit to teams with members who are new to Scrum."
In addition, the white paper said the initial release of the Conchango Scrum plug-in will focus on supporting co-located teams and subsequent releases "will specifically look to support larger, and possibly distributed teams …"
Meanwhile, Microsoft itself has been using Scrum in various development efforts across the company. David Chesnut, a technical writer on the Microsoft VSTS project, in a blog post last week, said his group has "been using Scrum for over a year to manage development of our help topics for Team Foundation. In addition to Scrum we have adopted use of the cumulative flow diagram (CFD) to track our work in progress." Moreover, Microsoft earlier this month released a download of MSF (Microsoft Solutions Framework) for Agile Software Development. The download page for MSF for Agile Software Development describes it as a scenario-driven, context-based, agile software development process that utilizes many of the ideas embodied in Team System. The download contains the agile process guidance that will ship with VSTS. Editors Note: This story was updated to include comments from Microsoft. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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