29 09, 2015

DLM: The Future of Database Development

By | 2015-09-29T15:35:30+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Database Lifecycle Management, DevOps, Octopus Deploy, Practices, Release Management, Tools|0 Comments

There has been a great deal of talk recently around a re-discovered process known as DLM, or Database Lifecycle Management. DLM has been around for many years, but until recently has been virtually unknown and overshadowed by the complementing process of ALM, or Application Lifecycle Management. While ALM has seen widespread adoption along with a plethora of [...]

24 09, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Building Minimum Viable Product

By | 2015-09-24T08:58:25+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Agile, Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Are your requirements small enough to complete in a single iteration? Are you able to reduce the scope of a requirement when necessary? Does your development team support the practice of delivering minimum viable product (MVP)? Traditionally, the business or the team comes up with an idea, defines requirements, fleshes it out, and then attempts [...]

22 09, 2015

Azure Event Hub: A Vignette – Part Three of the Cortana Cadence Series

By | 2015-09-22T08:20:01+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Azure, Cortana Analytics|0 Comments

Here at Northwest Cadence, we tackle problems large and small. Sometimes all it takes to solve a vexing problem is a new perspective on an existing component. Let me paint you a picture based on some of our experiences… Our webcast, “A Lap Around Cortana Analytics” clearly made an impact. We were starting to see [...]

16 09, 2015

HDInsight: A Vignette – Part Two of the Cortana Cadence Series

By | 2015-09-16T12:43:34+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Azure, Azure Machine Learning (AML), Cortana Analytics|0 Comments

Valuable data insights are more accessible than you might think. Sometimes all it takes is a step back to see how ubiquitous and attainable it really is. Let me paint you a picture based on some of our experiences… I was considered a heretic by everyone in the room. I felt like Galileo standing before [...]

15 09, 2015

5 Simple Ways To Build a Better DevOps Organization

By | 2015-09-15T15:17:46+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Coded UI, DevOps, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Release Management, Release Management, Scrum, unit testing|2 Comments

Like successful Agile transformations, becoming a mature DevOps organization takes time and requires a mindful approach. Effective DevOps practices are not born- they are grown. And, just like Agile transformations, you must take on a build-measure-learn approach to your DevOps transformation if you are building a mature practice. Modern and mature DevOps practices include (in no particular [...]

10 09, 2015

Why TFS 2015? TFS 2013 seems to be just fine…

By | 2015-09-10T12:08:26+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Team Foundation Server, Tools|0 Comments

Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2015 is one of the most exciting releases of TFS ever. It’s packed with tons of goodness – too many to demonstrate in just 1 hour. In this video, I’ll take you through a lightning quick demonstration of just some of my favorite new features: A completely new cross-platform build engine [...]

2 09, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Can Your Organization Truly Become Agile?

By | 2015-09-02T15:11:27+00:00 September 2nd, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Coded UI, Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum, Software Testing, unit testing|0 Comments

Are your projects managed by a traditional PMO? Is your company culture all about planning? Are your executives expecting gantt charts, EV, and strong budgetary management of your software projects? Are you trying to transition from a traditional SDLC to an agile SDLC? If your organization follows a more traditional SDLC and you want to [...]

1 09, 2015

Your Modern App is Yesterday's News

By | 2015-09-01T22:11:54+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|0 Comments

I stood in front of an audience of a couple hundred developers.  Visual Studio 2012 had launched and I was touting the benefits of modern application development.  Agile development, mobile first, lightweight architecture, and heterogeneous applications were the key topics that drove the presentation.  The key theme of the presentation was built around the device [...]

1 09, 2015

You say "Cortana", I say "Cortana" (or, how do you pronounce 'Cortana'?)

By | 2015-09-01T09:34:36+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Azure Machine Learning (AML), Cortana Analytics, Tools|0 Comments

We’re all about Cortana Analytics.  We’re excited about what it can do for your business.  But, before I get into that, let’s address the elephant in the room.  What is the correct way to pronounce the name, Cortana? If you have an Xbox then you’ve undoubtedly play HALO and are familiar with Cortana, the AI [...]