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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]