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16 10, 2014

Finding a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) process template that works for you!

By | 2014-10-16T11:42:51+00:00 October 16th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|0 Comments

There are currently two options for moving to a Scaled Agile Framework-centric process template. I created one and made it available on GitHub here. In addition, the ALM Rangers have also published a whitepaper on mapping existing TFS work item types to SAFe, with minimal process template alterations, available here. It is very important to [...]

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 [...]

19 12, 2013

Meet Visual Studio Online: What you need to know

By | 2013-12-19T12:34:18+00:00 December 19th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|Comments Off on Meet Visual Studio Online: What you need to know

With the official launch of Visual Studio 2013, Microsoft rebranded Team Foundation Service to Visual Studio Online. The previously free preview product was finally promoted to full product status, and in the true spirit of Microsoft this promotion included some rocking new content and … a complicated licensing scheme. It’s a good-news/bad-news kind of thing. [...]

26 11, 2013

Getting started with Application Insights gotchas: naming your AI application

By | 2013-11-26T08:00:16+00:00 November 26th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|0 Comments

UPDATE: The AI team was kind enough to notify me that changing an application name is possible. Check out this great blog post. I'll update this post later to reflect, just wanted to get this out as soon as possible. We’ve got a great demo environment set up with four environments that we use continuous [...]

25 11, 2013

Getting started with Application Insights gotchas: installing the monitoring agent on your server

By | 2013-11-25T12:29:09+00:00 November 25th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|Comments Off on Getting started with Application Insights gotchas: installing the monitoring agent on your server

Over on visualstudio.com there is a pretty good walkthrough on installing the AI agent on your server, however there is one small caveat that it neglects to mention. Issue After installing the agent my server is listed in Application Insights, but no data is flowing. You can tell really quickly that this is happening from [...]

13 11, 2013

Ten Reasons to Love Visual Studio 2013

By | 2013-11-13T09:36:05+00:00 November 13th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio ALM|0 Comments

It’s Visual Studio 2013 launch day! Wahoo… Is it just me, or are launch days a little odd in today’s continuous value delivery world? I’m mean, I’ve been using VS 2013 since the RC, we’ve already migrated quite a few customers to TFS 2013, and the artist formerly known as Team Foundation Service (more on [...]

13 09, 2013

Failure Tolerance, Iteration Length and Self-Organization

By | 2013-09-13T11:00:07+00:00 September 13th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Process|2 Comments

Your iteration length should be equal to, or less than, the maximum amount of work your organization is willing to throw away. "But Andrew," you say, "We're not willing to throw away any amount of work! That is waste!" I've said it a thousand times, and I'll probably say it a few thousand more. Software [...]

10 07, 2013

What's New in Visual Studio 2013: Enhanced Scrollbar

By | 2013-07-10T11:20:38+00:00 July 10th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Visual Studio 2013|0 Comments

Sick of being stuck with a plain scrollbar? With Visual Studio 2013, Microsoft has incorporated the VS Power Tools Enhanced Scrollbar functionality (and cleaned it up a bit) into the product. This means the enhanced scrollbar, with it's preview window and quick overview settings, are now first class citizens in VS 2013. Wahoo. Check out the [...]

10 07, 2013

What's New in Visual Studio 2013: Connected IDE

By | 2013-07-10T10:01:27+00:00 July 10th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Visual Studio 2013|1 Comment

Sync your settings across Visual Studio 2013 IDEs using your Microsoft Live ID. If you're anything like me you like your IDE the way you like your IDE and all other setups are just plain wrong. I've quite literally spent hours tweaking keyboard shortcuts, fonts, colors, and highlights to get everything the way I like [...]

10 07, 2013

What's New in Visual Studio 2013: Code Maps

By | 2013-07-10T09:15:00+00:00 July 10th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Visual Studio 2013|1 Comment

Find your way around an unfamiliar system, trace down tricky bugs, and create designs from dynamically updated diagrams with Code Maps in the new Visual Studio 2013. For me, there's nothing quite so frustrating as trying to find your way around a complex program for the first time, especially one that has grown organically over [...]