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  Retrospectives are a tricky thing, you get a mix of people who have varying personalities and qualities and now they need to look objectively at the previous iteration, focussing on the performance of the team and interact, giving ideas and finding ways to improving the team practices for the next iteration. In the ones I have been involved in, you get an array of people, some like to dominate the conversation while others would rather not say anything. Getting a balanced participation and a focus from the team on the purpose of the retrospective is both challenging
and critical for the team to improve. One of the tricks of a retrospective is to get everyone in the team to say something within the first few minutes of the retrospective. Generally it is found that if everyone says something within those first few minutes, the participation level of the team for the rest of the retrospective is higher. I have tried a range of different ways of achieving this and recently stumbled on a really nice way to get the team to focus on the purpose of the retrospective as well as getting everyone say something quickly,...(Read whole news on source site)

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My teammate Sam Stokes just wrote a blog post on how to create auto-links in Live Writer, a feature that will automatically link a keyword or phrase to a URL. And now, the rest of the story. Another way to add an auto-link is any time you are in the “insert Hyperlink” dialog box: If you want to “bulk load” these into Live Writer, examine the XML at the following path:C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Roaming\Windows Live Writer\LinkGlossary\linkglossary.xml The linkglossary.xml file contains snippets of XML like the following: Michael Palermo http://www.palermo4.com/

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If I have to summarize in what is worth noting in WebMatrix 2 so far, here is how I would like to put it: Inspiring Environment – Web development is an inspiring task and I believe having an inspiring environment for it is important.  In WebMatrix we have always aspired to give web developers a polished and fresh environment to achieve mundane tasks.   Some interesting things worth noting in WebMatrix 2 from this standpoint are: App Install Workflow – We aspired to ask almost zero questions when you install an open source app like
WordPress or Joomla.  We make the default choices for you and yeah we know that some of you want full control so we will enable that as well. Color Picker – Yeah you would think that what is the big deal about a CSS color picker but we rejected the traditional design you see every other place, we wanted it to be more natural to use and what we have now is something which has tons of tiny details like showing colors which your site already uses, switching from hex to RGBA,...(Read whole news on source site)

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