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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

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, [...]