Building a Release Pipeline with TFS

Leaders in the world of online businesses have shrunk the timeline for software delivery from months to days or even hours. No matter what size business you have, customers now expect features such as real-time customer service and frequent releases of services. Enter: The patterns & practices (p&p) team. The goal of this new guidance…


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…


Holy //BUILD Batman!

I thought the previous //BUILD conferences (2012 | 2011) had a lot of content but this year definitely surpassed it. Although I couldn’t do the whole conference justice in a single blog post, here are a few key highlights: Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 Preview is the next step forward for a truly modern computing experience with…


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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ALM Summit Content Available On-Demand

January’s ALM Summit on the Microsoft Campus brought together some of the greatest minds in application development, methodologies, and application lifecycle management. All of the sessions were recorded and are now available for on-demand viewing on Channel 9. Watch these videos to learn about the latest trends in agile development, ALM leadership, testing, and DevOps….


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…


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…


Premier Support for Developers

Good managers know 2 things – 1) surround yourself with knowledgeable personnel and 2) enact processes to enable support when things go south. Whether you use a pure Microsoft stack for your application development or a heterogeneous one, Premier Support for Developers (PSfD) is an offering from Microsoft that can help. I thought it would…


Visual Studio vNext Application Lifecycle Management

Today kicked off TechEd 2011 and there’s no shortage of news coming out of the conference. Most notable is what Visual Studio has to offer concerning application lifecycle management (ALM). During the keynote session, Jason Zander (corporate vice president of the Visual Studio Team in the Developer Division at Microsoft) outlined how we are continuing…


Software Design 101

I recently read an article about Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher here at Microsoft and it struck a chord with me. Bill is a visionary and has enough accolades to fill up an auditorium but what I find intriguing is that he’s focused on the natural user interface (NUI) verses the graphical user interface (GUI) of…

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