16 09, 2016

New Videos on Enterprise App Development with Visual Studio and VSTS

By | 2016-09-16T11:48:23+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Agile, Application Development, Kanban, Lean, Process, Release Management, Scrum, Visual Studio Team Foundation Service|0 Comments

We are excited to share some exclusive videos on app development recorded by Northwest Cadence to help you learn how you can build better apps with new features in Visual Studio. Contact clientservices@nwcadence.com to learn more about any of these topics or to speak with one of our experts. Watch the videos here Follow @nwcadence [...]

17 05, 2016

Microsoft Pinpoint Refresh: Customer search tool for MS Partners

By | 2016-05-17T13:41:16+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Company, Kanban|0 Comments

We were excited to learn that Microsoft is restructuring Pinpoint to build a more integrated and comprehensive online tool that will help Microsoft partners connect with customers. The new site enhancements will be unfolding soon! In the meantime, Northwest Cadence wants to thank all of you who have taken the time to provide real, candid [...]

7 03, 2016

Hack Your Agility: Rethink How You're Using Story Points

By | 2016-03-07T10:34:47+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Scrum|0 Comments

Do you use story points for scheduling? Are your story points associated with effort?  Does your management hold you to a schedule that you created using story points estimating? As we work with customers and help them move from traditional development practices to agile practices (whether Scrum, kanban, or other agile practices), we find that [...]

29 02, 2016

Hack Your Agility: Improving Team Communication

By | 2016-02-29T14:45:04+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Does your team share information in a timely and efficient manner? Do you have tools that enhance your communication?  Can your team communication practices improve? Do you experience problems related to poor communication? One key to successful agile software development is continuously improving communication practices.  Whether it is communication between the Team and the customer, [...]

22 02, 2016

Hack Your Agility: Delivering Minimum Viable Product

By | 2016-02-22T09:29:33+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Agile, Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Are you able to consistently deliver value every 2 or 3 weeks? Does your team frequently bite off more than they can chew in a single iteration? Does your team keep falling into old patterns and habits instead of focusing on delivering minimum viable product? One of the biggest challenges in adopting agile software development is educating [...]

8 02, 2016

Hack Your Agility: Is your development team committed?

By | 2016-02-08T11:11:58+00:00 February 8th, 2016|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Is your development team fragmented between development and management tasks?  Does your development team have predictable time each iteration dedicated to development and testing?  Does your development team have at least one developer committed to actual development? Get your Development Team developing! Enterprises that are accustomed to longer delivery cycles often find serious challenges evolving to [...]

14 10, 2015

3 Agile Problems You Can Solve With Azure

By | 2015-10-14T10:54:40+00:00 October 14th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, DevOps, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Client after client of mine encounters the same impediments to agile delivery. As Northwest Cadence deepens our expertise in the Microsoft cloud, we learn more and more about technologies and techniques that can help.

13 10, 2015

Early Christmas for TFS! Top 10 TFS 2015 Update 1 CTP Features

By | 2015-10-13T05:07:09+00:00 October 13th, 2015|Kanban, Source Control Management, Visual Studio 2015 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM|0 Comments

When I first saw the list of features in TFS 2015 Update 1 CTP, I was stunned. I felt like it was an early Christmas! There is so much goodness in this release that it feels like it’s actually TFS 2016! As usual, the upgrade process is straightforward, and since there are no major schema [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]