31 03, 2015

Major Changes to the Visual Studio 2015 Product Line

By | 2015-03-31T15:41:53+00:00 March 31st, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Visual Studio Online|0 Comments

Visual Studio 2015 is seeing some major changes to its product line. With the release of Visual Studio 2015, Visual Studio Premium and Visual Studio Ultimate will merge to become Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN. This means Visual Studio Premium subscribers will be upgraded to Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 and Visual Studio Ultimate subscribers will [...]

30 03, 2015

Azure Websites Are Better Than Your Current Web Solution

By | 2015-03-30T11:56:14+00:00 March 30th, 2015|Azure|0 Comments

In the beginning, Azure was all about virtual machines (VMs).  At least for me.  My background is in infrastructure, so it is natural for me to think about technology within that framework.  Since a lot of the work I do uses virtualization technologies, specifically Hyper-V, VMWare, and Parallels, spinning up a virtual machine in Azure [...]

24 03, 2015

The Only 2 Questions to Ask in Your Daily Standup

By | 2015-03-24T08:25:03+00:00 March 24th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Kanban, Lean, Scrum|1 Comment

Stop statusing and start standupping with the only two questions that have any business being asked in your daily standup. Take back your team's time and its sanity—and more importantly, put the standup to work helping you deliver! In 2013, I wrote that the traditional "three questions" in the daily standup are wrong, and contributing [...]

23 03, 2015

5 Things You Should Be Doing with Your Azure Subscription (and Aren’t)

By | 2015-03-23T08:58:22+00:00 March 23rd, 2015|Azure|0 Comments

In a previous article, I wrote about the value of an Azure Enterprise Agreement (EA).  An EA offers discounts and makes it easier to manage multiple Azure subscriptions.  If you don’t have an Azure EA, you should read this article.  If you have an EA or other Azure subscription, then hopefully you’re taking advantage of [...]

16 03, 2015

4 Reasons why an Azure Enterprise Agreement is Better than Pay-As-You-Go

By | 2015-03-16T15:40:17+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Azure|2 Comments

At Northwest Cadence, we recently developed software called Visual Cadence, which delivers powerful reports from your Team Foundation Server data.  The bulk of our development uses Azure Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).  For the last year we’ve chosen to use Pay-As-You-Go to purchase our Azure services.  We recently discovered that an Enterprise Agreement (EA) would save us a [...]

10 03, 2015

5 Reasons to Upgrade your Team Foundation Server

By | 2015-03-10T10:13:13+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Microsoft Test Manager, Team Foundation Server, Tools, Visual Studio Online|2 Comments

It sits there in the background humming right along, bravely weathering every build you throw at it. It hungrily stores your source code and caringly serves up work items and reports like your best friend.  Team Foundation Server is the hub of your ALM activity.  You use it, abuse it, and rarely have to excuse [...]

3 03, 2015

4 Lies you Believe About Azure

By | 2015-03-03T16:03:55+00:00 March 3rd, 2015|Azure|0 Comments

Infrastructure-as-a-service.  Cloud-sourcing your datacenter.  You’ve heard enough, right?  Over the last few months you’ve been inundated with Azure information.  By now you’re undoubtedly aware that Azure lets you build infrastructure in the cloud, providing you a way to (potentially) reduce your overhead by cloud-sourcing your datacenter.  You’ve also probably heard us pontificate on the value [...]