18 11, 2008

VSTS 2010 Infrastructure Changes

By | 2008-11-18T11:27:14+00:00 November 18th, 2008|Team Foundation Server|1 Comment

As more information is released about VSTS 2010, it is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of new features and the infrastructure planning for your upgrade ends up falling behind and eventually implemented at the last minute.  Brian Harry blogged not too long ago about some of the major infrastructure and technology [...]

18 11, 2008

MSDN Flash!

By | 2008-11-18T10:09:00+00:00 November 18th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The one constant is change.  So how do developers avoid from sinking amidst the strong currents of change and stay informed of the changing tides?  They stay afloat by accessing an abundance of resources.  At Northwest Cadence, we regularly check the MSDN Flash Newsletter as a portal for the latest news, web resources, and most [...]

14 11, 2008

VSTS 2008 Team Suite with MSDN Professional for ≈ $3000

By | 2008-11-14T17:17:51+00:00 November 14th, 2008|Visual Studio Team System|0 Comments

If you are an active Gold or Certified Microsoft Partner with either a CDS (Custom Development Solutions) or ISV(Independent Software Vendor)/Software Soltuions Compentency then you have till the end of the year for a great discount on Team Suite. Between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008, active Gold and Certified CDS or ISV competency [...]

14 11, 2008

Practical Process Improvement (Part 4)

By | 2008-11-14T10:37:12+00:00 November 14th, 2008|Practices, Process|5 Comments

In the previous two posts (Part 2 and Part 3) I covered an ideal bug process and the metrics you gather from the process. In this post I'll start talking about how to use those metrics to really improve the process. I'll also talk a bit more about who's responsible for what. The main goal [...]

11 11, 2008

TFS 2008 October Power Tools Released

By | 2008-11-11T17:30:03+00:00 November 11th, 2008|Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team System|1 Comment

The Novemberish October TFS 2008 power tools were released over the weekend so grab the download now! Windows shell extension for source control, powershell integration, team collaboration tools (messaging, workspace templates, check in history, view shelvesets and pending changes, distribution of custom components). This power tools release is huge and for some features it has [...]

11 11, 2008

Team Build Event in Portland

By | 2008-11-11T11:56:29+00:00 November 11th, 2008|Team Foundation Build, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team System|1 Comment

Steven Borg of Northwest Cadence (Microsoft Team System MVP) took a road trip to Portland to speak to a very interested audience about the new features of Team Build 2008, an inherent and powerful part of Visual Studio Team System 2008.  There were a total of 68 students from 35 different companies in the Portland [...]

9 11, 2008

Requirements are not dead.

By | 2008-11-09T16:39:00+00:00 November 9th, 2008|Process|0 Comments

Hearing many of my fellow agilists talk, you'd think requirements management, and even requirements themselves, have shuffled off their mortal coil.  Unless, of course, they are provided on a 3x5 card and ranked in a one-dimensional, user prioritized stack.  Let me apologize for a moment for using narrowly defining the "agile zealot", but you know [...]

6 11, 2008

TFS Reporting Session at Seattle Code Camp

By | 2008-11-06T15:48:12+00:00 November 6th, 2008|Team Foundation Server|2 Comments

I will be giving a talk on reporting with TFS at Seattle Code Camp on Sunday, November 16 from 2:45pm to 4:00pm. Metrics that Matter: Reporting with Team Foundation Server Am I crazy to think that making informed decisions in regards to your software development process is a good idea? Of course not, and that [...]