18 09, 2012

Should You Upgrade or Migrate to TFS 2012?

By | 2012-09-18T11:34:29+00:00 September 18th, 2012|Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 11|0 Comments

Now that Team Foundation Server 2012 (TFS 2012) has been released, it is time to start planning and thinking about upgrading. Why, might you ask, do I need to upgrade? The new features alone are reason enough. Here at Northwest Cadence we have had the opportunity to work with TFS 2012 over the last few [...]

17 09, 2012

Change starts with Deployment Planning Services

By | 2012-09-17T08:45:39+00:00 September 17th, 2012|Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 11|0 Comments

Since joining Northwest Cadence, I have had the privilege to work with many clients that are evaluating the tools, process, and practices that they use to manage their software development. Many of our clients have used their Developer Tools - Deployment Planning Services (DT-DPS) available through their Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) to help with this [...]

14 09, 2012

DevOps with Test Manager

By | 2012-09-14T12:28:47+00:00 September 14th, 2012|Microsoft Test Manager, Visual Studio 11|0 Comments

The first time I saw Test Manager, I thought to myself that it would be a wonderful tool for Release Build Configuration and Operation (DevOps).   Having the ability to run a test suite with all the test steps, parameters, and expected results on release night is necessary in order to have a complete and smooth [...]

13 09, 2012

VS 2012 Launch and New Announcements

By | 2012-09-13T07:51:21+00:00 September 13th, 2012|Visual Studio 11|0 Comments

As I arrived to the Visual Studio 2012 launch, I wasn’t sure if I was entering a technical launch or a nightclub…  I rolled up to the line of valet parkers in black suits, walked down the purple carpet, was welcomed with an easy registration and a swanky leather bag, and entered into the dark [...]

12 09, 2012

Consumerization of IT and Cycle Time

By | 2012-09-12T08:57:08+00:00 September 12th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How does the consumerization of IT impact your business and how you choose to run it? If the Consumerization of IT and my cup of coffee post didn’t answer this question for you, continue to read on. When I started Northwest Cadence in 2007, our few consultants kept track of their consulting time in ways [...]

11 09, 2012

DevOps with Lab Manager

By | 2012-09-11T10:24:38+00:00 September 11th, 2012|Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|0 Comments

At a recent engagement I was asked about using Lab Manager 2012 for testing. I was happy to explain how and why Lab Manager can increase efficiency and quality for their development and testing practices.  Lab Manager fits very nicely with DevOps practices, by automating the creation of new test environments which often is done [...]

11 09, 2012

Kanban support now available in TfsPreview.com

By | 2012-09-11T09:48:49+00:00 September 11th, 2012|Kanban, Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|3 Comments

I’m a Kanban fan.  It brings clarity and focus of the effort to speed software delivery, overcome problems, and help build a team of effective, learning people.  Kanban is an approach to process improvement that is characterized by incremental, rather than revolutionary change.  Teams start where they are, and use Kanban to help identify bottlenecks [...]

11 09, 2012

Continuous Value Delivery: Why don’t we all use continuous integration builds?

By | 2012-09-11T07:47:26+00:00 September 11th, 2012|Practices, Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|0 Comments

If you haven’t heard, the future of software development is in continuous value delivery. We can easily envision a world in 5 years where if your product doesn’t have at least a monthly release cycle, you probably don’t have a product. A cornerstone of the continuous value delivery model is the Continuous Integration (CI) builds. [...]

10 09, 2012

Consumerization of IT and My Cup of Coffee

By | 2012-09-10T15:16:22+00:00 September 10th, 2012|Uncategorized|1 Comment

How does the consumerization of IT impact your business and how you choose to run it, you ask? As business leaders, we must look at the new demands of consumers, our employees and customers, and determine how we can stay relevant in our respective industries. In recent months, I have heard a lot about the [...]