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4 01, 2012

Installing TFS 2010: A Simple Checklist

By | 2012-01-04T21:27:24+00:00 January 4th, 2012|Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server|0 Comments

Simple post.  Simple list for installing TFS 2010. Here are the downloads required for the installation of TFS 2010, a few simple steps for installation, and guidance for verification.  Download Update: Grant Holliday has recently posted a far more comprehensive list at: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/granth/archive/2012/01/03/tfs-2010-what-service-packs-and-hotfixes-should-i-install.aspx Download the required software and guidance. Team Foundation Server 2010: TFS 2010 [...]

21 12, 2011

Disable Reporting for a Team Project Collection

By | 2011-12-21T07:55:52+00:00 December 21st, 2011|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server|2 Comments

This post describes how to disable reporting to the warehouse and the OLAP cube for an entire Team Project Collection.  It also discusses why you may want to do so.  But first: Bottom Line Up Front: Pass only the Collection Name and the state value FullyDisabled to the SetWarehouseJobEnabledState web method in the WarehouseControlWebService. When [...]

12 10, 2011

TFS 2010 SP1 Upgrade Bug May Cause Warehouse Update to Fail with Error TF221122

By | 2011-10-12T10:15:32+00:00 October 12th, 2011|Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server|1 Comment

Applying TFS 2010 SP1 may, in rare instances, cause an error which prevents the data warehouse (and, by extension, the analysis cube) from updating work item information beyond the date and time at which the SP1 was installed.  This means all work item reports will freeze at the date in which TFS 2010 SP1 was [...]

25 09, 2011

Stack vs Queue: My Latest Personal Kanban Evolution

By | 2011-09-25T09:36:39+00:00 September 25th, 2011|Kanban|8 Comments

I’ve been using a personal kanban board to track my office work ever since reading Personal Kanban by Jim Benson (ourfounder) and Tonianne DeMaria Barry (Sprezzatura). My latest evolution has been to track how much of my work is planned ahead of time vs how much is urgent work that arrives unplanned. I love this [...]

23 09, 2011

Windows Update (KB2468871) interferes with TFS 2010 (w/o SP1)

By | 2011-09-23T14:55:06+00:00 September 23rd, 2011|Team Foundation Build, Team Foundation Server|4 Comments

After installing the latest Windows Update related to .NET 4.0 (KB2468871), Team Builds may begin failing (or simply hanging).  Error logs will show an exception raised that a version of 'System.Runtime.DurableInstancing’ cannot be loaded. Installing TFS 2010 SP1 will solve the problem. (Also, please install TFS 2010 SP1 CU1 to fix the issues introduced by [...]

20 09, 2011

Do Teams of Cross Functional Individuals Hide Dysfunctions?

By | 2011-09-20T10:13:25+00:00 September 20th, 2011|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Kanban, Lean, Scrum|6 Comments

I’m struggling with a concept from Toyota Kata, by Mike Rother. The way I’m reading it, teams of cross-functional individuals hide dysfunctions and can slow process improvement efforts. Or, to be precise, allowing cross-functional team members to assist others hides a potential improvement opportunity by limiting the pain of not having work balanced appropriately (heijunka). [...]

11 05, 2011

Scrum vs Kanban: The Smackdown

By | 2011-05-11T14:10:12+00:00 May 11th, 2011|Kanban, Lean, Scrum|0 Comments

Scrum, the grand-daddy of Agile practices vs Kanban the challenger.  Come see Martin Hinshelwood (ALM MVP and Scrum proponent) and Steven Borg (ALM MVP and Kanban fan) will go head to head, mano-a-mano, wit against wit, to persuade you which is the correct approach for your agile adoption! Come see the benefits and weaknesses of [...]

23 04, 2011

Can internal competition be considered “Slack”?

By | 2011-04-23T11:54:23+00:00 April 23rd, 2011|Lean|3 Comments

Tom DeMarco, in his book “Slack” says “There is no such thing as ‘healthy competition’ in a knowledge organization; all internal competition is destructive.” Tom DeMarco is a smart man, and I love the book “Slack”, so I hesitate to disagree.  However, I believe DeMarco is looking at the organization through a very particular lens, [...]