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 [...]

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 [...]

8 05, 2013

Inserting a Team Build number into the Octopack "Run Version" for a NuGet package

By | 2013-05-08T12:01:36+00:00 May 8th, 2013|Team Foundation Build, Tools, Visual Studio ALM|0 Comments

The Octopack does not auto generate a version number that is the same as the TFS Team Build number for a .nupkg package. Applies to Team Foundation Server 2012 (TFS) NuGet Octopack Prerequisite Have a Octopack installed in the application. Solution In the default team build definition template | Open the Run MSBuild for Project [...]

15 04, 2013

The difference between Application and Environment Deployments

By | 2013-04-15T10:54:10+00:00 April 15th, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Team Foundation Build|0 Comments

What is the difference between an application deployment and environment deployment? To some, it sound like the same thing. The purpose of this blog post is to clarify the difference between “application deployment” and an “environment deployment”, as well as answer the question of “how each deployment practice fits into continuous delivery and improvement processes”. [...]

26 06, 2012

End-to-End ALM Summer/Fall 2012 Events

By | 2012-06-26T13:36:08+00:00 June 26th, 2012|Kanban, Lean, Microsoft Test Manager, Scrum, Software Testing, Team Foundation Build, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 11|1 Comment

Please join us for our End-to-End Summer/Fall 2012 Events! Below are the links to these specific sessions.  For a complete list of all the events Northwest Cadence has to offer, please visit our events page. If you have any questions in regards to events, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at events@nwcadence.com.

26 03, 2012

Database Build & Deployment with TFS

By | 2012-03-26T09:00:06+00:00 March 26th, 2012|Team Foundation Build, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM|1 Comment

Over the past few weeks, I have been working with database deployment using Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server. While putting a solution together, I gathered a number of resources that may be of value to you or someone on your team! When starting a complex topic, such as database deployment and management, it [...]

17 01, 2012

Getting started with PowerShell

By | 2012-01-17T12:28:15+00:00 January 17th, 2012|Team Foundation Build, Team Foundation Server, Tools|0 Comments

Over the course of the years I have been asked about this new thing call PowerShell (.ps1). It not that new anymore and there are a number of different applications and administrative task that now using PowerShell as their standard command line interrupter.   To get start with PowerShell I would suggest reviewing the following links [...]

23 09, 2011

Windows Update (KB2468871) interferes with TFS 2010 (w/o SP1)

By | 2011-09-23T14:55:06+00:00 September 23rd, 2011|Team Foundation Build, Team Foundation Server|4 Comments

After installing the latest Windows Update related to .NET 4.0 (KB2468871), Team Builds may begin failing (or simply hanging).  Error logs will show an exception raised that a version of 'System.Runtime.DurableInstancing’ cannot be loaded. Installing TFS 2010 SP1 will solve the problem. (Also, please install TFS 2010 SP1 CU1 to fix the issues introduced by [...]