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Best practices for team development...

I'd like suggestions on what you consider a great environment for about
five developers that are on location. Being on location does present
certain problems in setting up the environment. I'm interested in ways
developers can keep tabs on the overall project progress and individual
progress of team members.

While coding, developers aren't going to be much concerned with
providing some type of update to MS Project or what ever that software
may be. The concern is for people to know the areas each other is
working on, what that progress is and have a space where developers can
add comments or blog type entries for the project. All of these
ancillary tools should be as painless as possible.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Brett

Nov 17 '05 #1
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Yes. Pick up the book Agile Development with Scrum by Ken Schwaber. You
will be surprised at how easy it is to keep everyone on the same page if you
use Scrum techniques. http://www.controlchaos.com/

Frequently used for small-team work in Microsoft IT (teams of 5 developers
are well within this range, although you didn't say how many testers, pms,
and other folks are involved). Once the scrum gets over about 20 people, it
gets unwieldly, but there are ways of working around that too.

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MCSD, CFPS, Certified Scrummaster
http://blogs.msdn.com/nickmalik

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this forum are my own, and not
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I do not answer questions on behalf of my employer. I'm just a
programmer helping programmers.
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I'd like suggestions on what you consider a great environment for about
five developers that are on location. Being on location does present
certain problems in setting up the environment. I'm interested in ways
developers can keep tabs on the overall project progress and individual
progress of team members.

While coding, developers aren't going to be much concerned with
providing some type of update to MS Project or what ever that software
may be. The concern is for people to know the areas each other is
working on, what that progress is and have a space where developers can
add comments or blog type entries for the project. All of these
ancillary tools should be as painless as possible.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Brett

Nov 17 '05 #2

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