VSTS Guidance

A few years ago, patterns & practices published a book entitled Team Development with Visual Studio .NET and Visual SourceSafe.  The book offered solid advice for teams developing software atop .NET using Visual Studio and Visual SourceSafe.  It covered things like structuring solutions and projects, setting up a build process, working with source control, and…

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Crucial Conversations

Need to fire someone?  That’s probably going to be a crucial conversation.  Need to talk to your spouse about the fact that they are having an affair?  That’s almost certain to become to be a crucial conversation.  Need to gently, but firmly ask your pair-programming coworker to do something about their chronic halitosis?  Even that could turn into a crucial…

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Unit Testing Goes Pro!

According to Naysawn Naderi, VSTS PM for Developer Oriented Testing, “the majority of the unit testing features of Team System” will be available in the Pro level SKU with the upcoming release of Visual Studio Orcas. This is fantastic news because it will put XUnit style unit testing functionality in the hands of more .NET…

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Team System Roadmap

Also announced recently, for those who missed it, was our Team System Future Releases Roadmap.  The roadmap contains detailed information about the upcoming Visual Studio Orcas release, as well as a high level discussion of Rosario (the Team System release after Orcas).  Well worth the read.


Microsoft Acquires TeamPlain

In case you missed it, Microsoft announced this week the acquisition of DevBiz Business Solutions, makers of TeamPlain Web Access for Team System.  Brian Harry has all the details.  The best part?  Existing Team Foundation Sever customers can download and use TeamPlain for free!


Buckshot Brainstorming

When my team is stuck, I like to break the log jam with a bit of brainstorming.  I’ve had good luck with this well known technique.  Maybe you will, too.  I call the technique “Buckshot Brainstorming.”  Here’s how it works: Get the team together Pick a time and place where the team can concentrate uninterrupted…

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Be Careful What You Wish For…

A few months ago, I ranted about TFS Process Templates.  Now, I’m a member of the team responsible for building these templates for future versions of TFS.  Funny how that works! At the moment, the team is closing down work on Orcas and starting to think about what might be in the next release.  It…