26 07, 2017

VSTS Authentication: AAD or MSA?

By | 2017-07-26T10:23:59+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Team System|0 Comments

Visual Studio Team Service (VSTS) allows you to authenticate via two primary methods: Microsoft Account (MSA) – formerly Live ID Azure Active Directory (AAD) There are other authentication mechanisms such as SSH and Personal Access Tokens (PATs) but you need to first authenticate via AAD or MSA before you can use these other alternative mechanisms. [...]

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 [...]

13 09, 2016

Ten features that make your life easier in Visual Studio Team Services

By | 2016-09-13T12:05:02+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Foundation Service, Visual Studio Team System|0 Comments

148. That’s (approximately) how many new features are now available in Visual Studio Team Services right now that are listed as “TFS vNext” on the Features Timeline. There are a ton of cool features in both Team Foundation Server 2015 and Visual Studio Team Services like Build vNext, my favorites being Build vNext (for automated [...]

25 05, 2016

How I Discovered Open Source Support in TFS / VSTS!

By | 2016-05-25T08:45:45+00:00 May 25th, 2016|Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Source Control Management, Visual Studio 2013 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 2015 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Foundation Service|0 Comments

I've always been attracted to the new and shiny. In August of 1995 MICROSOFT introduced Windows 95 to the world. With a radically new UI design, an amazing vision of how 32-bit apps should play together, and an aggressive marketing campaign to increase the consumer awareness of Windows (At the time, only 3-4% of the [...]

28 04, 2016

VSTS/TFS REST API: The basics and working with builds and releases

By | 2016-04-28T13:07:31+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Release Management, Visual Studio 2015 Team Foundation Server|11 Comments

Microsoft has released documentation for the VSTS/TFS REST API as of a couple of months ago, and we’re really excited for the opportunities that the REST API brings for VSTS and TFS. Why? Previously, you could use the Client Object Model and the API to interact with TFS. Now, you can interact with VSTS and TFS [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]