VS 2010 Launch and our book on VS 2010 ALM from Wrox

Congratulations to the VS team on the launch of VS 2010 yesterday. If you missed the launch keynote yesterday, you can watch it on demand here. There are tons of demos, hand-on labs and presentations on VS 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0. You can download the training kit here. VS 2010 ALM Book from Wrox:…


Sessions on Agile Development at PDC 2008

PDC 2008 has started already. At least for those of us involved in the pre conferences and the various other events that are happening today. I am here at the Agile Pre Conference and it is underway.   Pic: Grigori kicking off the Agile Pre con. Someone here asked me about Agile Development related sessions…

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"Tools for Agility" – A panel discussion at p&p Summit

We have been running Microsoft patterns & practices summit for a few years now. The next summit will be held in Redmond between Nov 3rd and 7th. You can learn more about this summit by clicking here.We have an impressive list of keynote speakers for this summit that includes Kent Beck, David Treadwell, Scott Guthrie,…


Agile 2008 and Visual Studio Team System

The annual agile conference hosted by Agile Alliance is being held in Toronto this year between Aug 4th and 8th (http://www.agile2008.org). I am sitting here on my plane to Toronto writing this blog post. Microsoft Visual Studio Team System is a Gold Sponsor of this year’s conference. I will be there with few of my colleagues…

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PDC 2008 in Channel 9

I mentioned in an earlier post that I am part of the track team for PDC 2008. As a team we spend close to 4 hours a week reviewing sessions, breakouts, lunch sessions, demo stations, track lounges and more. Mike Swanson, the content owner for this year’s PDC runs these meetings. Mike and Jennifer Ritzinger have started a…

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Visual Studio Team System User Groups

Some one asked me yesterday for a list of Team System user groups. And Chuck pointed me to his blog post here. This is probably not an exhaustive list. If you know of other Team System user groups that is not on this list, leave a comment here or in Chuck’s blog. From Chuck’s blog:…

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Tools for Agility – A White paper by Kent Beck

I as a developer (sure I am in the majority here) paid my dues with practicing waterfall and other bulky process/methodology before I stumbled on agile practices and learned by reading Kent’s book on eXtreme Programming (XP). A colleague of mine introduced me to Kent Beck a little over a year ago. Kent and I…

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Agile Development with Team Foundation Server: Rally and TFS

Team Foundation Server is a platform for process enactment with a collection of templates including the ones we ship in the box, ones from partners and from the community (See a list of templates at MSDN Process site). These range from MSF Agile template to SCRUM Template to MSF CMMI template and more. I recently blogged…

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APLN Seattle Leadership Summit (July 17-18, 2008)

David Anderson, an ex-colleague of mine at Microsoft is the chair for this year’s APLN Leadership summit in April. There are some great topics that are being planned for this year’s summit including Collobration Games, Agile Program Management and Agile UX. There is also a very interesting panel on “Leading the Agile Enterprise” that is scheduled for…

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Templex: Process Template super mall

Two of our VSTS MVPs (Martin Danner and Joel Semeniuk) have just created a project on CodePlex to set you process templates free: Templex. This is a tremendous community idea and one I hope the community gather around and share some cool process customizations you have done for use in your projects. While on this topic, check…

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