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10 08, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Testing Earlier in the Cycle

By | 2015-08-10T13:55:58+00:00 August 10th, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|0 Comments

How soon are you beginning your testing?  Are you waiting for all requirements to be complete before testing?  Does it take your developers a long time to get testable code into the testers hands? Waiting to near the end of your development cycle is a common practice amongst new agile teams.  It harkens back to [...]

6 08, 2015

Some Things To Consider Before You Upgrade

By | 2015-08-06T10:17:29+00:00 August 6th, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), DevOps, Microsoft Test Manager, Reporting, Source Control Management, Team Foundation Build, Team Foundation Server, Tools, Visual Studio 2015 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|0 Comments

Last month I told you not to upgrade your Team Foundation Server.  This month, I’m standing on the mountain tops proclaiming with a loud voice, “It’s time to upgrade your Team Foundation Server!” TFS 2015 RTM has arrived. If you’ve been paying attention to what’s been going on within Microsoft’s Developer Division, you’ll know that Visual [...]

5 08, 2015

Big changes to TFS Licensing and VSO pricing!

By | 2015-08-05T16:04:56+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Team Foundation Server, Tools, Visual Studio 2015 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Online|2 Comments

Over the last couple of years, I’ve introduced many customers to Visual Studio Online (TFS in the cloud).  The two main reasons they want Visual Studio Online is that they love the portfolio management and Kanban features that are being frequently updated and they love that it is easy to give external vendors/contractors access without [...]

3 08, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Improve Your Release Cadence

By | 2015-08-03T10:20:31+00:00 August 3rd, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), DevOps, Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Octopus Deploy, Practices, Process, Release Management, Release Management, Scrum, Team Foundation Build, Tools|0 Comments

Are your release practices manual? Do your release practices slow down your delivery? Are you manually configuring your environments? There are many factors that can contribute to less-than-agile release practices.  Three of the most common factors are technical debt in your release methodologies, release management belonging to another organization, and operations owning the environments.  Many [...]

27 07, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Your Team Collaboration Needs Improvement

By | 2015-07-27T09:47:48+00:00 July 27th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Do your team members solve problems together?  Do you use pair programming? Are you working to build a team that is cross-disciplined? Agile software development is about short timeframes, safe-to-fail experiments and delivering small batches in an incremental way.  It's also about delivering value to the customer in small chunks so you can get fast [...]

21 07, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Use Different Reports and Metrics To Track Progress

By | 2015-07-21T09:54:28+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Reporting, Scrum, Tools, Visual Cadence|0 Comments

Do you know why you aren't consistent in your delivery of value to your customers?  Are you confident that your team can deliver value each iteration? Are your reports and metrics helping you continuously improve your agile practices? Every agile team has their own tools and metrics for managing an iteration but are your tools the [...]

21 07, 2015

You Can Easily Create a Mobile Application (That is used by your customers)

By | 2015-07-21T08:27:27+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Agile, Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, DevOps, Kanban, Lean, PaaS, Scrum|0 Comments

You have a smart phone.  You use apps.  And you likely have come up with a great idea for an app.  Maybe you have thought, “Why don’t we turn this Line-of-Business application into a mobile app?” It’s even likely that your leadership has been asking for a mobile application for some time but you just [...]

13 07, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Increase Your Unit Testing

By | 2015-07-13T10:41:10+00:00 July 13th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Coded UI, Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum, Software Testing, unit testing|0 Comments

Are you creating unit tests for the code you're developing?  What is your current code coverage? Can you easily identify when a change might break your required functionality? Unit testing offer many advantages.  They reduce bugs in both new and existing features.  They force you to make better design decisions and help you better understand [...]

7 07, 2015

Stop! Don't Upgrade TFS!!!

By | 2015-07-07T12:07:18+00:00 July 7th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), DevOps, Kanban, Practices, Process, Scrum, Source Control Management, Team Foundation Build, Team Foundation Server, Tools, Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio 2013 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Online, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team System|2 Comments

Have you been putting off upgrading TFS and now you’re ready to upgrade?  Are you itching to take advantage of the great features in Team Foundation Server 2013 update 4?  Are you excited to take advantage of the query-based chart authoring in Team Web Access?  Do you want a better triage experience?  Are you hoping [...]

6 07, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Reduce The Time it Takes To Put Together Requirements

By | 2015-07-06T10:27:18+00:00 July 6th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Why does your team spend so much time building out a requirements document? Is the level of detail necessary? Is it getting in the way of delivering more quickly? Find out what part of the requirements gathering process is slowing down your delivery cycle. Many teams spend more time on requirements definitions than necessary. An [...]