Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools

It seems just yesterday that I mentioned the Power Tools for TFS 2012 and the benefits that it provides. Fast forward to today and the Power Tools for TFS 2013 are now available and have all been updated to work with VS 2013 and TFS 2013. As is the norm, these tools are a set of…

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Visual Studio 2013

Today, Microsoft announced Visual Studio 2013, the next release of is integrated developer tools solution for building modern applications for devices, the cloud and on the client. Visual Studio 2013 Preview software will be released at Build 2013. Visual Studio 2013 will incorporate a wave of new hybrid Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) features, many of…

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Windows 8 App Contest

The holidays are definitely for spending time with family and friends however for me, when there’s an app/dev contest to win I can’t help but think about coding. It started innocently enough as a few members of my team said they had some ideas for an app and that building them and comparing notes (what…

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Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012 RC

Testing has changed dramatically over the last several years, and what the Microsoft patterns & practices team learned has changed our tools and our workflows. While the goal of a testing organization is to continuously test a system to ensure the best experience for its customers, the reality is bit different. Because of the cost and pain…

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Avoiding Technical Debt

Among the myriad of reasons why I like employing Scrum for software development, I think the main reason is the frameworks ability to remove what is often called Technical Debt (TD) or Design Debt. Ward Cunnigham was the one who coined the term and simply put, the concept is when improper code is created, the assumption…

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Technical Readiness

Fortunately I’ve had the chance to attend many events dealing with technology but my favorite, for a number of reasons has to be a semi-annual internal Microsoft conference held in Seattle that brings together all ‘softies from all over the world. I recently attended this conference (which shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) and…

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ALM Summit 2011 Materials Now Available

The ALM Summit in November 2011 reaffirmed Microsoft’s position of thought leadership in Application Lifecycle Management and Agile Practices. Luminaries from across the software industry presented, covering the evolution of practices across both the Microsoft and Open Source Software (OSS) communities and even showed how agile practices are revolutionizing automobile design. This intimate conference allowed…

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ALM Summit

Sure, its spring and the last thing you want to think about is snow filled days in November but it’s never too early to plan for the next ALM Summit. While this conference isn’t free it does have some fantastic speakers on tap, namely two Microsoft Technical Fellows (Brian Harry and Mark Russinovich), Scott Guthrie…

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MSF for Agile Software Development

While there are many different types of Agile implementations I think using MSF for Agile or Scrum is ideal. Before going to deep into both of those methodologies let’s start with what is “conventional software development” (CSD). CSD typically freezes the requirements before design, forbids coding prior to a detailed design review, plans everything early…

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