Application Lifecycle Management

Deleting projects from Team Foundation Service

Recently I made the switch from having a local TFS deployment to using the hosted Team Foundation Service. As I had been using it back when it was TFSPreview, there were projects that had been left over, I no longer need those projects. Most of them were tests anyway. But reviewing in reviewing the portal I was not able to find anything to do it from there. I have always been a fan of command-line style administration. In doing my research I came across posts that indicated this being possible by ......

Database Development and Source Control

I have been working with Database Development and the aspects that come with it, the pain and the joy of moving from Dev to QA and then on to Production. Source Control has a place in Dev, and that is where the baselines should be established. Where am I going with this? I have been working with Redgate’s Source Control 3.0, and I am seeing some features that are great for the process of moving from Dev to … well something that allows for quite a level of control. We are not only talking about scripting ......

Requirements Management Presentation from CodepaLOUsa

On March 16th I had the pleasure of presenting the Requirements Management: From Vision to Mission to Success talk at the CodepaLOUsa event in Louisville, KY. Here is the presentation: Requirements Management - CodepaLOUsa View more presentations from Enrique Lima ......

Someone opened the floodgates at Microsoft

This past week was just massive in the amount of Betas, evaluations, review guides and educational material that were released. We saw Windows 8 come out in a Customer Preview, the same for Windows 8 Server. There are plenty of things to go over and review, but that is a number of posts coming. If you have been using the TFS Preview, then you pretty much had an idea what you would be looking for in TFS coming out and of course the announcement of TFS Express was exciting. Anyhow, here are a couple ......

Visual Studio 11 ALM VM

A couple of weeks ago as the whirlwind of news was coming from the BUILD Conference, a number of announcements were coming regarding Visual Studio 11 and TFS 11. Brian Keller made links available for the Demo VM, HOLs and Demo Scripts. This information can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bri... ......

Speaking at the MCT Summit in San Francisco, Oct. 19th-21st

As an MCT it is always exciting when I travel to conferences because it becomes a reunion. Well, one more chance this year to make it so, but this time (unlike the last MCT Summit) I am also presenting. Thanks to Chris Harrison (@GeekTrainer) for the gentle nudge! Follow @MCTSummitNA too! The topics I will be presenting are (at least the ones I got confirmation on): Requirements Management: From Vision to Mission to Success Session Level: 300 Team Foundation Server and SharePoint Technologies have ......

Microsoft releases Developer Tools Deployment Planning Services

If your question is, what is this? or perhaps more around … what does this mean? Let me explain a bit about it. Microsoft has been providing this type of services through partners within a given competency to clients that are looking to deploy and implement Microsoft products like SharePoint, Exchange or the strategy behind Windows and Office deployments. The way it works, well you purchase your products and perhaps those products come with Software Assurance and they have training/service credits. ......

Requirements Management: From Vision to Mission to Success Presentation at SharePoint Saturday The Conference

Yesterday I presented at SPSTC, had an absolute blast, and I truly hope the attendees to my session did as well! That was my requirement! We discussed the reasons for failed requirements management, scope creep and other pitfalls. But the main goal behind this is how to enable an effective Requirements Management Engine by using SharePoint Technologies and Team Foundation Server. Keep posted as there is much more to come in this space about that thought process. In the meantime, here is the deck ......

Why use SharePoint Technologies with Team Foundation Server?

This is a recent question I ran into on the MSDN TFS Forums. Made me think why I use it and how to make it effective. Here is what my response to this was … “My #1 justification is the fact that when you are looking at TFS source control is not all it does. TFS has the benefit of enabling a solutions team with different roles the right level of visibility. Not everyone will use Visual Studio, for example project managers. In many cases Visual Studio can intimidate the individual. When deployed with ......

Developer Training Kits

Microsoft has released a number of training kits that have hands-on labs, articles, presentations and loads of information. The have become available for a range of products. They have also been updating them as more features or service packs come out. The links to them are listed below: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/do... Windows Azure Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/do... SQL Server 2008 R2 for Developers ......

New release for the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit

Among the new content in the release, is a set of ALM docs and labs. The ALM content referenced above is: o Using Code Analysis with Visual Studio 2010 to Improve Code Quality o Introduction to Exploratory Testing with Microsoft Test Manager 2010 o Introduction to Platform Testing with Microsoft Test Manager 2010 o Introduction to Quality Tracking with Visual Studio 2010 o Introduction to Test Planning with Microsoft Test Manager 2010 All ALM labs point to the latest version of the VS 2010 RTM VM. ......

Rangers Build Customization Guide

For anyone that is working in a Release Management environment with TFS at the helm, and having Build Management strategies and processes defined, this is a must have.

Look at the codeplex site, great documentation, Hands-on Labs and the overall guidance.

Check it out … http://rabcg.codeplex.com/

Recent ALM Rangers Summary Posts

Willy-Peter Schaub has been a machine producing and posting content. It is such a gem of information that you can find in the content being posted. He has created some Summary Posts on the specific topics the ALM Rangers are working on. Here is the list of quick access TOC Posts. TOC: “Tags” a la acronyms … what do they all mean? TOC: TFS Integration Tools Blog Posts and Reference Sites TOC: TFS Iteration Automation Blog Posts and Reference Sites TOC: Virtual Machine (VM) Factory TOC: Build Customization ......

Some information on Visual Studio vNext ALM

If you were at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta, you likely heard or saw what is coming in the next release of the Visual Studio product line and technologies. Here is a summary of some of those items: Visual Studio Roadmap http://www.microsoft.com/vi... The Future of Microsoft Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management Presentation from TechEd http://channel9.msdn.com/Ev... ......

More goodness: Scrum for Team System Migration Tool from EMC

I have always liked how SfTS works, and the functionality it offers. In an earlier assessment I wrote of their toolset, the only issue I had encountered was the migration of environment that had been created and worked on for a while in the TFS 2008 world using SfTS 2.0 to the TFS 2010 SfTS 3.0. There were several elements (Work Items and such) that were not moving correctly. Anyway, that is now in the past! Congratulations to Crispin Parker and Team for the release of the Migration Tool. You can ......

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