13 09, 2016

Ten features that make your life easier in Visual Studio Team Services

By | 2016-09-13T12:05:02+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Foundation Service, Visual Studio Team System|0 Comments

148. That’s (approximately) how many new features are now available in Visual Studio Team Services right now that are listed as “TFS vNext” on the Features Timeline. There are a ton of cool features in both Team Foundation Server 2015 and Visual Studio Team Services like Build vNext, my favorites being Build vNext (for automated [...]

25 05, 2016

How I Discovered Open Source Support in TFS / VSTS!

By | 2016-05-25T08:45:45+00:00 May 25th, 2016|Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Source Control Management, Visual Studio 2013 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 2015 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Foundation Service|0 Comments

I've always been attracted to the new and shiny. In August of 1995 MICROSOFT introduced Windows 95 to the world. With a radically new UI design, an amazing vision of how 32-bit apps should play together, and an aggressive marketing campaign to increase the consumer awareness of Windows (At the time, only 3-4% of the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

22 04, 2013

Importing Tests into Test Manager

By | 2013-04-22T11:32:44+00:00 April 22nd, 2013|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|1 Comment

Applies to Team Foundation Server 2012 (TFS) Test Manager Findings How can you import Unit tests into Test Manager for BVT suite? Solution and Steps 1) You can use the TCM command to import a Unit Test (and others) into Test Manager. 2) Build the project with Unit Test. 3) Open Developers Command Prompt for [...]

19 04, 2013

Connect a Test Controller to Team Foundation Service

By | 2013-04-19T12:07:06+00:00 April 19th, 2013|Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|0 Comments

Did you know that you can connect a Test Controller to Team Foundation Service? And if you can do that, can you create standard environments for automated deployment and testing against the cloud?

4 04, 2013

Are you ready for Visual Studio 2012.2?

By | 2013-04-04T09:08:39+00:00 April 4th, 2013|Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Foundation Service|0 Comments

Are you ready for Visual Studio 2012.2? We sure are! Currently Visual Studio 2012.2 CTP4 has been released with a “Go-Live” license (which means that you are supported in production) and the gold version just arrived moments ago! A hot topic right now consists of the many changes Microsoft is making in their release cadence [...]

4 12, 2012

Understanding the TFS Tabular Model

By | 2012-12-04T10:38:02+00:00 December 4th, 2012|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Practices, Process, Team Foundation Server, Tools, Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|1 Comment

We need to understand the tabular model – where the data comes from, how to edit the schema after you create it and how to create hierarchies. This section walks you through doing this in three of the main tables – Date, Team Projects and Work Items. This post will conclude with a discussion and walkthrough of the work item measures.

4 12, 2012

Replacing the Team Foundation Server Cube with a Tabular Model

By | 2012-12-04T10:37:58+00:00 December 4th, 2012|Practices, Process, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|1 Comment

The goal of this project is to rebuild, as faithfully as possible, the Tfs_Analysis cube in a tabular model for use with Power View or Excel or any other reporting tool which can connect to SQL Server Analysis Services.

11 09, 2012

DevOps with Lab Manager

By | 2012-09-11T10:24:38+00:00 September 11th, 2012|Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|0 Comments

At a recent engagement I was asked about using Lab Manager 2012 for testing. I was happy to explain how and why Lab Manager can increase efficiency and quality for their development and testing practices.  Lab Manager fits very nicely with DevOps practices, by automating the creation of new test environments which often is done [...]