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 [...]

18 06, 2014

TechEd 2014 North America – second chance!

By | 2014-06-18T11:55:14+00:00 June 18th, 2014|Kanban, Lean, Process, Scrum, Team Foundation Server, Tools, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio 2013 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM|0 Comments

I was honored to speak at TechEd North America again this year on two topics: From Vanity to Value, Metrics that Matter: Improving Lean and Agile, Kanban and Scrum Hybrid ALM: Using Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online Together As always, there was a great crowd at TechEd and I got lots of great [...]

1 05, 2014

Guest Post: Safely simplify TFS queries with a Current iteration path

By | 2014-05-01T08:25:13+00:00 May 1st, 2014|Practices, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 2013 Team Foundation Server|1 Comment

Without a WIQL variable such as @currentIteration everyone needs to modify all of their queries every iteration if we want to have any individual or shared queries looking at the current iteration. Or do we?

17 04, 2014

“Requirement” is an overloaded word

By | 2014-04-17T14:46:08+00:00 April 17th, 2014|Practices, Team Foundation Server|4 Comments

I was recently confronted by a customer wanting to know if Team Foundation Server (TFS) could support Product development, not just Project development. That left me a bit confused, as TFS is a general tool, and supports pretty much any process, good or bad. She had been exposed only to agile demonstrations, and she was [...]

21 03, 2014

Advanced Git: Tools for the Cool Kids

By | 2014-03-21T10:24:32+00:00 March 21st, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Tools, Visual Studio 2013|0 Comments

Git and Visual Studio are awesome together. For most commands, I don’t have to worry about using Command Prompt and leaving the slick UI of the IDE. It’s great to make a change, commit, and sync changes in Visual Studio within seconds. Yesterday, I was working on subtrees in Command Prompt, and right when I [...]

14 03, 2014

Visual Studio CASE STUDY on Dealogic and Northwest Cadence

By | 2014-03-14T14:48:54+00:00 March 14th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Company, Kanban, Practices, Process, Visual Studio 2013|0 Comments

At Northwest Cadence we love sharing our customers success stories! Recently, Northwest Cadence helped Dealogic, a leading technology firm for the investment banking sector, implement a more agile development process and update their platform. It was a great success! Below are quotes from a case study written by Microsoft Visual Studio, highlighting Northwest Cadence’s role [...]

14 03, 2014

Migrate a repository from GitHub to Visual Studio Online

By | 2014-03-14T11:32:25+00:00 March 14th, 2014|Visual Studio 2013|7 Comments

When I thought about moving a GitHub repository to Visual Studio Online, I assumed that Microsoft would do everything in its power to make it difficult for me to clone it. It succeeded a little – you can’t actually use just the IDE to migrate your repo; you’ll need to jump from the IDE to [...]

12 03, 2014

Don’t miss the Using Git with Visual Studio 2013 Jumpstart TODAY!

By | 2014-03-12T09:21:54+00:00 March 12th, 2014|Practices, Visual Studio 2013 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM|0 Comments

Join experts Steve Borg and James Tupper as they walk you through this demo-focused session focused on learning the ins and outs of Git. Our experts will give you a fundamental understanding of Git, show how it differs from other systems, and explore the benefits of using Git with Visual Studio Online and Windows Azure. [...]

3 01, 2014

Configure Release Management for Visual Studio 2013

By | 2014-01-03T10:18:49+00:00 January 3rd, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Release Management, Release Management, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 2013|26 Comments

In this post, I’m going to walkthrough how to set up Release Management for the first time. This will include installing and configuring the Release Management Server, the Release Management Deployment Agent, creating an environment, and deploying our favorite application from Microsoft, Tailspin Toys. Release Management Server Much like the installers for the rest of [...]