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Windows 8? - Keep Calm and Carry On
Last week I attended Build Windows conference and have been spending a considerable amount of time thinking how things have changed for developers. The initial reaction from most people was “Oh My God” with all the focus on WinRT and Metro UI and little mention of .Net, Silverlight, WPF, etc. You could almost feel the equal parts panic and excitement racing through the crowd. I was fortunate enough to have brought along my “Keep Calm and Carry On” T-Shirt to Anaheim. I wore it on Wednesday as it ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 20, 2011 5:39 PM | Comments (0)

Renewed as VS ALM MVP!
I was happy to receive this email today: Thanks to the great folks at Imaginet and Notion Solutions for all your help and support over the last year. Also, thanks to the MS Product group for being such a great team to engage with. Looking forward to continued interaction over the coming year. Technorati Tags: MVP,ALM ......

Posted On Friday, April 1, 2011 10:08 AM | Comments (0)

ALM Summit and Power To The People
So, I’ve been attending the ALM Summit Conference this week on Microsoft Campus in Redmond. It was feeling a bit like “Intro to Agile” Conference as we got the 100 Level Agile overview at the start of almost every session. As a result I tweeted and included the #almsummit hastag Well, that started a lot of tweets from folks feeling the same way. They also stressed that they wanted more depth, practices, dialogue. Here’s the impressive thing. Eric Willeke (@erwilleke) who was supposed to present right ......

Posted On Thursday, November 18, 2010 11:02 AM | Comments (1)

Loving O’Reilly eBooks
Notifications of subsequent publications with Errata fixes. Got an email this week from O’Reilly stating that an updated version of Julia Lerman’s Programming Entity Framework, Second Edition was available. How sweet is that? I love that I can carry around a decent sized library of books with me on my iPad. I use it almost exclusively as my reading tool. I only buy ‘print’ books when a electronic version is not available. This latest ‘feature’ of downloading the updated version for FREE is just an ......

Posted On Saturday, November 6, 2010 8:22 AM | Comments (0)

Team Foundation Server on Stack Exchange needs your help!
There is a proposed site for Team Foundation Server Q&A on Stack Exchange Area 51 that could use your help. We need more people to commit to using the site in order to get from Proposed status to full site. If you see value in having a Stack Exchange location dedicated to TFS Q&A, please go and Commit here: http://area51.stackexchange... Technorati Tags: #TFS 2010,#ALM,#Stack Exchange ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 18, 2010 2:12 AM | Comments (0)

Imaginet Resources acquires Notion Solutions
Huge news for my company and me especially. http://www.imaginets.com/ne... With the acquisition we become a very significant player in the Microsoft ALM space. This increases our scale significantly and also our knowledgebase. We now have a 2 Regional Directors and a pile of MS MVP’s. The timing couldn’t be more perfect since the launch of Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 is TODAY!! Oh, and we aren’t done with announcements today… More later. ......

Posted On Sunday, April 11, 2010 11:22 PM | Comments (0)

I’m IN!
Got an email this morning.(yes I checked and it wasn’t an April Fools joke) congratulating me on becoming a Microsoft MVP. I’ve been working with and among MVP’s for quite a while and quite frankly felt left out. Well, I’m finally part of the crowd. I received an MVP for Visual Studio ALM. This makes me VERY proud as I know the high caliber of the existing Visual Studio ALM MVP’s and am honored to now count myself among them. Now my challenge is to make sure I continue to do those things that got ......

Posted On Thursday, April 1, 2010 5:36 AM | Comments (1)

Summary of VS ALM Ranger materials for VS 2010
As you’ve probably noticed if you read my blog, the VS ALM Rangers have been busy the last week or so. Here is a summary of what they have released already and I’m sure there is more goodness to come! · Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance: consists of compact cheat sheets for Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and Visual Studio (VS) 2010, addressing the core problem of teams in the field who are unaware of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server capabilities or have little time to invest ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:12 AM | Comments (0)

Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server Requirements Management Guidance
Even MORE ALM Ranger goodness can be found here. Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server Requirements Management Guidance This Ranger solution addresses the People, Process, and Technology guidance for Requirements Engineering (RE) using Team Foundation Server. The goal of this guidance is to provide formalized Microsoft field experience in the form of recommended procedures and processes, Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server configurations, and skill development references for ......

Posted On Friday, January 15, 2010 4:05 PM | Comments (1)

Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010 VM Factory Ships
WOW! Unbelievable stream of goodness coming from Visual Studio ALM Rangers!! Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 VM Factory The purpose of this project is to build prescriptive guidance around the virtualization of the Visual Studio 2010 and guidance for full automation of the creation of virtual machines. The goal is to help users with the installation and configuration of virtualized environments with least effort and maximum automation. Visual Studio ALM Rangers This guidance is ......

Posted On Friday, January 15, 2010 4:06 AM | Comments (0)

TFS 2010 Upgrade Guide now available as well
The Rangers have been a VERY busy bunch lately and have dropped beta guidance on upgrading to TFS 2010. Check it out here Technorati Tags: Visual Studio 2010,TFS 2010,ALM,Rangers ......

Posted On Thursday, January 14, 2010 6:40 AM | Comments (1)

The Visual Studio ALM Rangers ship VS 2010 Quick Reference Guidance
Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance Welcome to the Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance! Steven van Niekerk (Technical Lead / Architect, BB&D South-Africa) initiated this project with his question “Can you tell me about TFS and VSTS in 5 minutes?” The Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance consists of compact cheat sheets for Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and Visual Studio (VS) 2010, addressing the core problem of teams in the field who are unaware of Visual Studio and ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 5:35 AM | Comments (1)

This is NOT another goodbye 2009 or 2000’s blog post
I’m really not one to reflect. I prefer to live in the present and consider the future. As such, rather than saying goodbye to 2009 I’m saying Hello to 2010. I’m looking forward to my first full year at Imaginet Resources Corp. I’ve started to grow the ALM practice and think 2010 will see some of the seeds planted in 2009 blossom. I’m looking forward to embracing Lean Software Engineering practices. I’m starting 2010 by attending a Kanban Coaching Workshop in Feb. I’ve been spending some time reading ......

Posted On Thursday, December 31, 2009 11:11 AM | Comments (0)

Huge news for mixed-technology shops using TFS!
Microsoft has purchased Teamprise, who created a Team Foundation Server plug-in for Eclipse as well as extensions for doing Java builds with Team Foundation Server. http://www.microsoft.com/pr... This is big news since many of the industry experts from the analyst firms have cited lack of multi-platform support for Team Foundation Server Client as a weakness of the platform. Eclipse is now a fully supported MS environment for ALM. Technorati Tags: TFS,Eclipse,Teamprise,Java ......

Posted On Monday, November 9, 2009 6:00 AM | Comments (0)

Where is the Team System?
Folks with MSDN Subscriber licenses going to grab the latest version of VS2010 may wonder ‘Where is Team System? Team Suite? Team Developer? Team Architect?’ They are gone! Does that mean that MS is getting out of the ALM toolset market? Or does it mean that the ‘Team’ stuff is being released later? The answer is NEITHER. The branding, naming and licensing of Visual Studio is changing for the 2010 version. The ‘Team System’ branding is being dropped. What ‘used’ to be the ‘Team’ client products are ......

Posted On Monday, October 19, 2009 9:18 AM | Comments (0)

Getting Ready for VSTS 2010 Beta 2 with “Go Live” License
Brian Keller, Technical Evangelist for Visual Studio Team System just blogged about the “very soon” release of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 which will have a “Go Live” license. That means you will receive product support from MS if you deploy and use it. Brian also includes links to some resources to help prepare for VSTS 2010 beta 2 Overview presentation (.PPTX) Detailed checklist (.DOCX) Our ALM team at Imaginet has been working with the Beta 1 bits and have been keeping in touch with MS on what to ......

Posted On Sunday, October 4, 2009 1:58 PM | Comments (1)

FREE Mastering PowerShell eBook
Came across this FREE eBook the other day. Definitely going into my Reference material folder. Almost every project involves some management activities where scripting is required. However, I’ve not invested enough in PowerShell (learn as I go). This eBook looks like a good general reference and the price is right. Technorati Tags: PowerShell ......

Posted On Monday, August 3, 2009 12:44 PM | Comments (0)

Patterns & Practices: Acceptance Test Engineering Guide, Volume I – beta2 released
Microsoft Patterns & Practices group has just released some guidance around Acceptance Test Engineering. This is fortunate timing for me as I’ve been digging into the new testing tools with Team System 2010 in an attempt to incorporate the full testing cycle into my ALM thinking. Look forward to a few posts coming incorporating this work. Technorati Tags: P&P,Acceptance Test,ALM ......

Posted On Thursday, July 2, 2009 2:48 PM | Comments (0)

TechEd Online – Dev Practices Track
If you are looking at ways to improve the success of your software projects I highly recommend checking out the Dev Practices sessions from TechEd 2009 on TechEd Online. There are a combination of Tech Talks, Panel Discussions available to view even if you aren’t at TechEd. I’ll try to filter some noise and point you to some that I’ve enjoyed: Agile Software Development panel Let’s talk Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Agile: A Process or an Excuse? – featuring Joel Semeniuk from Imaginet Resources ......

Posted On Thursday, May 14, 2009 3:15 PM | Comments (0)

TechEd Day 1 So far
Breakfast was pretty unimpressive. Egg omelet things and some nasty sausage patties. I went for a bagel and yogurt. The keynote was very IT centric talking about Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. Some very cool new features around virtualization. And the big news is that both will be available for the holiday season (as expected). There was also a sneak peek into Office 2010 and Exchange 2010 which promise to improve ability to manage mail. Search looks improved (especially able to search attachments ......

Posted On Monday, May 11, 2009 6:40 PM | Comments (0)

Exciting Changes
Well I did it! Today I handed in my resignation from EDS to accept an exiting new opportunity. It’s been a very interesting 5 years with EDS and I’ve gotten a whole lot of experiences that I’m thankful for. I’ve worked with some of the smartest people I know over the last 5 years and have learned so much from all of them. So, where am I headed? I’m going to join my good friend Joel Semeniuk at imaginet resources. I’ll be leading the ALM consulting practice. This will not only leverage my Visual Studio ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 24, 2009 7:23 PM | Comments (4)

Earth Hour 2008. Did you turn out the lights?
I wonder if 'Earth Hour' actually changed anyone's behavior for more than an hour? My family turned out the lights (Computer, TV, stereo, etc.) and played a board game by candle light. We discussed the issue of energy consumption and how it contributes to global warming. However, living in Winnipeg, our furnace was still burning natural gas the whole while. And we used our van today to run out to the store as usual. We try to be conscious of our energy consumption. We turn lights out in rooms we ......

Posted On Sunday, March 30, 2008 5:32 PM | Comments (3)

Oh Man, I've been tagged!
Etienne Tremblay tagged me today. It seems that this is the new version of the chain letter, just more public. I'll try to not be the one who breaks the cycle. At least there is no ominous warning of impending doom to those who do :) Now I'm supposed to tell you 5 things that few people know about me ... 1. I have lived my entire life within 60 miles of Winnipeg. I grew up in the city of Portage la Prairie Mantoba and lived there until I started University. 2. University, now there's an interesting ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 3, 2007 3:25 PM | Comments (1)

So, How was India?
After Egypt we flew to Chennai India (of course via London just to be direct :S) to do a deployment training session for our colleagues there. Chennai is very much like Egypt in many ways, but different in others. First, driving in Chennai is similar to Cairo except on the other side of the road (left side like the British). There are a ‘few’ traffic signals in Chennai, but they are the exception rather than the rule. The biggest difference on the roads is the extremely high proportion ......

Posted On Friday, July 14, 2006 7:28 AM | Comments (3)