10 09, 2015

Why TFS 2015? TFS 2013 seems to be just fine…

By | 2015-09-10T12:08:26+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Team Foundation Server, Tools|0 Comments

Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2015 is one of the most exciting releases of TFS ever. It’s packed with tons of goodness – too many to demonstrate in just 1 hour. In this video, I’ll take you through a lightning quick demonstration of just some of my favorite new features: A completely new cross-platform build engine [...]

1 09, 2015

You say "Cortana", I say "Cortana" (or, how do you pronounce 'Cortana'?)

By | 2015-09-01T09:34:36+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Azure Machine Learning (AML), Cortana Analytics, Tools|0 Comments

We’re all about Cortana Analytics.  We’re excited about what it can do for your business.  But, before I get into that, let’s address the elephant in the room.  What is the correct way to pronounce the name, Cortana? If you have an Xbox then you’ve undoubtedly play HALO and are familiar with Cortana, the AI [...]

18 08, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Get Continuous About Learning

By | 2015-08-18T12:41:14+00:00 August 18th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Learning Library, Practices, Scrum|0 Comments

How knowledgable is your team?  Are you consistently challenging yourself to learn more about the technologies you're using?  Does your team spend time educating each other on new discoveries? Agility isn't just about shortening your delivery cycles.  It's about developing the skills and abilities to deliver software better. Part of that process is learning from 'safe-to-fail [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

23 06, 2015

Why You Should Switch to Build VNext

By | 2015-06-23T08:44:58+00:00 June 23rd, 2015|Team Foundation Build, Visual Studio Online|0 Comments

Now that VNext builds are in Preview, you should be moving your build definitions over from the “old” XAML definitions to the new VNext definitions. Besides the fact that I suspect at some point that XAML builds will be deprecated, the VNext builds are just much better, in almost every respect. Why Switch? There are [...]

16 06, 2015

PaaS Architecture: Designing Apps for the Cloud

By | 2015-06-16T15:45:57+00:00 June 16th, 2015|Agile, Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, PaaS, Process, Scrum, Tools, Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Online|0 Comments

Part 1: Why Create a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Solution? Part 2: Storage Options with PaaS Part 3: PaaS Architecting: Designing Apps for the Cloud Part 4: PaaS Security (coming soon) Article by Colin Dembovsky Platform as a Service (PaaS) has some incredible benefits – no worries about OS updates, quick and easy scale out (as and when you need [...]