1 05, 2015

Learn all about Database Continuous Integration

By | 2015-05-01T08:20:00+00:00 May 1st, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Tools|0 Comments

I’ve said before that I have a passion for databases. Remember you can see that passion, live in Bellevue WA, because I’m running a workshop for Redgate Software on Database Continuous Integration on 15 May. Continuous integration ensures software is in a working state all the time, even during the development process. As soon as [...]

2 04, 2015

ALM, DLM and Facing the Future

By | 2015-04-02T13:27:12+00:00 April 2nd, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Tools|0 Comments

I have a passion for databases. I have to admit that my passion sometimes runs afoul of developers looking to short-cut the data requirements of an application. It especially runs afoul of a software configuration management system that doesn’t recognize that databases exist at all. Fortunately, the folks at Redgate share my passion. They also [...]

31 03, 2015

Major Changes to the Visual Studio 2015 Product Line

By | 2015-03-31T15:41:53+00:00 March 31st, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Visual Studio Online|0 Comments

Visual Studio 2015 is seeing some major changes to its product line. With the release of Visual Studio 2015, Visual Studio Premium and Visual Studio Ultimate will merge to become Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN. This means Visual Studio Premium subscribers will be upgraded to Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 and Visual Studio Ultimate subscribers will [...]

10 03, 2015

5 Reasons to Upgrade your Team Foundation Server

By | 2015-03-10T10:13:13+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Microsoft Test Manager, Team Foundation Server, Tools, Visual Studio Online|2 Comments

It sits there in the background humming right along, bravely weathering every build you throw at it. It hungrily stores your source code and caringly serves up work items and reports like your best friend.  Team Foundation Server is the hub of your ALM activity.  You use it, abuse it, and rarely have to excuse [...]

10 02, 2015

New agile features & roadmap for VSO & TFS

By | 2015-02-10T09:46:00+00:00 February 10th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Kanban, Practices, Scrum, Visual Studio Online|0 Comments

The latest news from VSO & TFS shows what a great agile transformation can accomplish.

9 12, 2014

Desired State Configuration (DSC) foundational technologies

By | 2014-12-09T12:31:22+00:00 December 9th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Tools|0 Comments

In today’s PowerShell Powerbit, we are going to look at the Desired State Configuration (DSC) foundational technologies in more detail.  When learning anything new, like PowerShell or DSC, defining and understanding the foundational technologies and acronyms are essential. If you are still fuzzy on what DSC is still all about, I have found in one [...]

2 12, 2014

Install and setup for Azure and Desired State Configuration (DSC)

By | 2014-12-02T10:44:10+00:00 December 2nd, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Tools|0 Comments

In the last Powerbits post, I talked about the basics of PowerShell and how it’s the foundational building block for DSC.  In this post we will be covering the required installations for DSC and how to connect to Azure. I will be utilizing my MSDN subscription benefits to connect to Azure as my testing platform.  [...]

17 10, 2014

Here’s why Visual Studio 2013.4/TFS 2013.4 rocks

By | 2014-10-17T11:34:39+00:00 October 17th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio 2013 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM|0 Comments

As of yesterday, Visual Studio 2013 and TFS 2013.4 RC is out to the public. The general consensus around the office is that it’s looking pretty sweet. Here are a few updates that we’re excited about: Stakeholder license Unlimited free stakeholder licenses now available for TFS 2013.4 RC, including: Full read/write/create on all work items [...]

7 08, 2014

ALM Workflow in Azure and Visual Studio Online

By | 2014-08-07T16:49:03+00:00 August 7th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio ALM|0 Comments

ALM Workflow, from requirements to release, has a number of moving parts and challenges that teams need to develop and refine in order to achieve the level of software development and delivery maturity they desire. Let me first explain what I mean by an ALM Workflow. I am referring to the flow of information, work, [...]

25 07, 2014

TFS Customization – Pitfalls and Payoffs

By | 2014-07-25T14:36:53+00:00 July 25th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Team Foundation Server|5 Comments

There is a fairly meaningless battle that goes on in many shops (even here at Northwest Cadence) when it comes to Team Foundation Server process templates and customization. The prevailing viewpoint is that most customizations are evil and wrong; they will cause only pain and suffering in the future when upgrading to the newest release [...]