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5 07, 2017

Work Item Customization Simplified! VSTS vs TFS

By | 2017-07-05T13:24:14+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|0 Comments

Team Foundation Server (TFS) has always had work item customization power as one if it’s strengths. However, the work was done in XML and was relatively complex. Although much could be accomplished, including relatively complex rules, it took experience and was fraught with complexity. Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) changed all that when they released [...]

24 05, 2017

A whole lot different, but still the same.

By | 2017-05-24T10:49:45+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Company|0 Comments

Just recently, I was sharing the story of Northwest Cadence with a friend. Sometimes, when you look at something through the eyes of someone else, it can give you such great perspective. When you’re living life day to day, the incremental difference is slight. It’s easy to take things for granted. It was my day [...]

16 03, 2017

Unlock Your Data, Tell the Future, and Transform Your Organization with Machine Learning

By | 2017-03-16T11:55:48+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Azure, Azure Machine Learning (AML), Cortana Analytics, Data Science, Reporting|0 Comments

Everyone is talking about machine learning, but what is it? Why is it needed? And how will it improve your organization? Your organization collects data – sales data, customer data, and competitor data. Machine learning unlocks this goldmine of information, providing you with a way to make informed decisions, faster than ever before. Predictive analytics [...]

4 03, 2016

Advanced Analytics Q&A from the Microsoft Transformation IT Roadshow

By | 2016-03-04T11:59:16+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Database Lifecycle Management, SQL Server, Tools|0 Comments

I recently was on the partner panel for some of the Microsoft Transformation IT Roadshows where I was honored to speak on Advanced Analytics. For those of you who attended I had mentioned I would capture some of the Q&A and post it on our blog for your convenience. For those unable to attend, I wanted [...]

16 01, 2016

Snippet – Small sample from large CSV

By | 2016-01-16T19:59:50+00:00 January 16th, 2016|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|0 Comments

When doing some initial data modeling, you often have multi-gigabyte input data files to machine learning algorithms.  But working with such large data files can be difficult. This quick Python pandas script grabs the first x rows from a large CSV and saves them. In this case, it's 5000, just for getting a quick understanding [...]

6 01, 2015

Azure Website Autoscaling

By | 2015-01-06T14:57:50+00:00 January 6th, 2015|Azure|0 Comments

Northwest Cadence is currently building a reporting platform for TFS. As part of that platform, we’re leveraging Azure Websites in a fairly sophisticated manner.  One of the key features we rely on is the ability to autoscale our websites based on schedule and load. Luckily, it’s also one of the simplest features to implement! A [...]

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 [...]

18 06, 2014

TechEd 2014 North America – second chance!

By | 2014-06-18T11:55:14+00:00 June 18th, 2014|Kanban, Lean, Process, Scrum, Team Foundation Server, Tools, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio 2013 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM|0 Comments

I was honored to speak at TechEd North America again this year on two topics: From Vanity to Value, Metrics that Matter: Improving Lean and Agile, Kanban and Scrum Hybrid ALM: Using Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online Together As always, there was a great crowd at TechEd and I got lots of great [...]

17 04, 2014

“Requirement” is an overloaded word

By | 2014-04-17T14:46:08+00:00 April 17th, 2014|Practices, Team Foundation Server|4 Comments

I was recently confronted by a customer wanting to know if Team Foundation Server (TFS) could support Product development, not just Project development. That left me a bit confused, as TFS is a general tool, and supports pretty much any process, good or bad. She had been exposed only to agile demonstrations, and she was [...]

14 11, 2013

The Launch: A Personal Story

By | 2013-11-14T12:02:34+00:00 November 14th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Visual Studio 2013|0 Comments

As I sat to the side of the stage witnessing Launch, I couldn’t help but feel incredibly proud. There was a lot of excitement and a million tweets describing the launch and what announcements were made, but for me, as I sat alongside Lori (the President of Northwest Cadence), this launch felt intensely personal. This [...]