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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

29 04, 2013

Release Management – Build, Deploy, Test, and Continuous Improvement

By | 2013-04-29T15:55:46+00:00 April 29th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Release Management, Release Management|7 Comments

If you have been in the software industry for any length of time, you have heard or even experienced release management practices - the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you are new to release management practices, it’s the “art” of building and deploying software into a consumer type of environment (yes, release management [...]