Free Training: Visual Studio Team System 2010-related…by Northwest Cadence

ALM Catalyst: Northwest Cadence – Double Feature: Test Professional; Intellitrace and Test Impact Analysis

In this Double Feature ALM Catalyst Session webinar, we will cover both Test Professional and Intellitrace & Test Impact Analysis.  During the first portion of this session (Test Professional), we will demo and show:

  • Setup a Manual test run
  • Explain the architecture of Test Professional
  • Show how to configure the environment, build and other conditions for a test
  • Show how Test Professional is completely integrated into TFS and VS 2010
  • Show how we can gather real-time test data that we can provide back to teams or person

In the later portion of this webinar we will explore how Test Impact Analysis helps the team focus and prioritize by automatically identifying which tests are potentially affected by a pending change. Join us for this free webinar!

Introduction to Kanban

Kanban is a Lean-inspired approach to software development.  Although the rules of Kanban are simple, they are also remarkably powerful.  By simply visualizing work, limiting work in process, and monitoring the flow of work, the team begins a powerful process of discovery and improvement.  This has resulted in impressive improvements in nearly all areas of software development time and time again.  During this event, we will talk about the five basic principles of Kanban adoption, the benefits of adoption, and the pitfalls along the way.

ALM Catalyst: Northwest Cadence – Double Feature:  TFS - Branching & Merging & Builds; TFS – Analytics & Process Template

Join us for this Double Feature Delivery of TFS Branching & Merging as well as TFS Analytics & Process Temple. In this session we'll demonstrate how lab management can be used to support development, deployment and test of SharePoint applications. In addition, we will show how to leverage Process Template to provide essential transparency and empower teams to identify and address opportunities for continuous process improvement. Join us for this free Live Workshop!

Introduction to Scrum

Scrum is the most adopted agile methodology.  Time and again, it has transformed low performing development teams into powerful creators of business value.  Scrum does particularly well in environments where requirements shift or change unpredictably and in areas with substantial uncertainty.  During this event, we will introduce the three Scrum roles, dive into the basic Scrum processes, and explore the reasons behind Scrum’s power.  Although this event is an introduction to Scrum, we will provide several tips and tricks to assist in Scrum adoption.

Visualize Work – The Power of Big Visible Displays

Visible work has a profound impact on a team.  By making work visible, teams can rapidly identify bottlenecks and issues, visualize the amount of work the team has under development, and most importantly understand the “life story” of the features they are working on.  At a glance, teams can identify overloaded people, problematic stories, quality problems, and overall development speed.   Visualization is one of the key tools in an effective Kanban implementation.  During this event, we will discuss how Kanban teams visualize work, where to get started with visualization, and the tools available to help build effective visualizations electronically.


Scrum is the most adopted and recognized agile methodology. However, there are still challenges to Scrum adoption.  This event will dive into several Scrum adoption pitfalls and how an organization can avoid them.  In particular, we will highlight some of the proven practices that have worked for diverse sets of teams.  We will also leave time for questions and encourage attendees to bring your most challenging problems!

Limit Work in Process (WIP)

Overloaded individuals and teams suffer from bad multitasking.  They are also cursed with long lead times, poor quality, and high rates of failure.  Kanban limits work in process (WIP) to improve the flow in a development process.  This event is more technical than the earlier Kanban events.  During the event, we will expose the problems caused by excessive WIP, and the wide-ranging benefits of reducing WIP. 

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