25 07, 2014

TFS Customization – Pitfalls and Payoffs

By | 2014-07-25T14:36:53+00:00 July 25th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Team Foundation Server|5 Comments

There is a fairly meaningless battle that goes on in many shops (even here at Northwest Cadence) when it comes to Team Foundation Server process templates and customization. The prevailing viewpoint is that most customizations are evil and wrong; they will cause only pain and suffering in the future when upgrading to the newest release [...]

15 07, 2014

Agile Transformations

By | 2014-07-15T14:24:03+00:00 July 15th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Process|0 Comments

We hope you have been enjoying our comic animations depicting some of the experiences we’ve had with customers. (www.nwcadence.com/process)  The lessons learned show how one size doesn’t fit all.  We don’t use a cookie cutter model. We explain how to follow good development practices so you understand why they work. It’s the best way to [...]

15 07, 2014

September 2014 Roadshow: Continuous Delivery with Azure, Agility, and Automation

By | 2014-07-15T12:20:15+00:00 July 15th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|0 Comments

Steven Borg gives a sneak peek of what he and Cheryl Hammond will be covering in our upcoming Leadership events! Join us in WA, OR, CA, CO, AZ, UT and MN to attend this exclusive breakfast event. We would love to have you! For more details and registration information, visit our Events Page! Contact Steven Borg [...]

15 07, 2014

A Cloud-first World and a Washington D.C. Ambulance Siren

By | 2014-07-15T10:38:16+00:00 July 15th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Company|0 Comments

Every time an ambulance passes by me with sirens ringing, the very next thing I do is say a quick prayer for the medics and families who are involved in whatever caused the 911 call. I have done this for as long as I can remember. Except for today. Today, as I was walking down [...]

14 07, 2014

The 3 R’s in Continuous Delivery

By | 2014-07-14T11:28:07+00:00 July 14th, 2014|Practices, Release Management|0 Comments

We have all seen the latest buzzwords of Continuous Delivery over the last few years. The name “Continuous Delivery” gives a general idea of the practice: continuously deploying an application or code into a system.  The word “continuous” does not provide the detail of what we are trying to achieve in the Continuous Delivery practices.  [...]

14 07, 2014

Speaking on SAFe: Thoughts from my Leading Scaled Agile Framework course

By | 2014-07-14T09:22:29+00:00 July 14th, 2014|Process|3 Comments

It isn’t exactly agile, and it isn’t quite lean, but it is probably better than what you’re doing right now. Over the last year or so, I’ve read and heard a lot about the Scaled Agile Framework, and I just finished taking the Leading SAFe course (SAFe Agilist certification pending) from Al Shalloway, CEO of [...]

1 07, 2014

Congratulations, James Tupper!

By | 2014-07-01T22:03:17+00:00 July 1st, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|0 Comments

James was just awarded the coveted Microsoft ALM MVP award! He's in the select group of highly capable, passionate Application Lifecycle Management and Team Foundation Server experts, tapped by Microsoft on July 1st. I've known James for several years now, and the award is an earned reflection of his passion for sharing his knowledge with the [...]