Maturity Level of Software Teams


  • A software team can be at one of the following maturity levels:
  • Chaotic Stage – the state where a team does not posses the skills, motives or vision to become a mature self managing team.
  • Mid-Life stage – where a team possesses some skills for self management and decision making , and can make some of its own decisions without needing a team lead.
  • Mature stage – where a team is practically fully self managing and a team leader is mostly a coach rather than a decision maker.

The chaotic stage needs a strong, dictator like leadership – to bring much needed peace to a team that might be mostly struggling to keep its head above water all day long. A dictator team lead is there in the first stage, to bring the team up to a specific state, where they also have the time and patience to learn new things.

The Mid-Life stage needs a coach-dictator – where a team will learn the skills needed to become self managing.For example, the team lead teach the team to do its own code review so that the team lead is no longer the bottleneck, and so that the team learns essential skills for code quality and decision making.

The Mature stage needs a coach – just to help them to grow, to teach them new skills.

[via Mark Needham]


TFS 2010: Report Refresh Frequency

In TFS, it takes few hours to reflect work item changes to TFS Reports. For example, when we update work completed for a workitem, it takes around an hour to reflect in Stories Progress report.

The reason of this delay is

During typical operations, the relational database (Tfs_Warehouse) is processed within two minutes of changes made to an operational store, and the SQL Server Analysis Services cube (Tfs_Analysis) is processed every two hours.

Following are the steps to reduce the Reports data refresh interval

1. Open the link on Application tier server. This will open WarehouseControlWebService page


2. From the WarehouseControlWebService page, click ChangeSetting

3. In the settingID box, type IncrementalProcessIntervalSeconds

4. In the newValue box, type 600, and then click Invoke

This will set cube refresh interval to 10 minutes.

[via msdn]

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