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Steven Borg on the Road with VSTS

I just saw; one of my favorite VSTS MVPs Steven Borg is on the road and doing TONS of VSTS presentations!



This 5-part series will bring you from VSTS 2005 to VSTS 2010 with lots in between.   Bring your questions! 

This series is an interactive, casual, and informative way for you to talk with your peers and a couple of VSTS MVPs, ask the hard questions, and learn what others are doing – all around Visual Studio Team System 2008 and 2010.  We’re looking forward to having you!  The more, the merrier.

February 10, 2009: Migrating from Visual Studio Team System 2005 to 2008 (part 1 of 5): http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=134756

February 24, 2009: Learning about VSTS 2008 Developer Edition (part 2 of 5): http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=134757

March 10, 2009: Learning about VSTS 2008 Tester Edition (part 3 of 5): http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=134758

March 24, 2009: Learning about VSTS 2008 Database Professional Edition (part 4 of 5): http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=134759

April 7, 2009: Visual Studio Team System 2010 Highlights (part 5 of 5): http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=134760


Deep Dive into VSTS: Illuminating the Possibilities

More about Visual Studio Team System
VSTS is an integrated software development platform used to build the mission-critical applications that businesses depend on. It extends Visual Studio’s integrated and productive experience from the developer to the entire development team. VSTS does this by delivering role-based tools for architects, developers, testers, database professionals, and project managers.

Why Visual Studio Team System
Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) can help drive predictability, visibility, and control into your software development process, while remaining agile. It can also illuminate the key metrics that help make improvements possible.
Team System Applied
During this deep-dive event, you will learn best practices through the actual use of Team System and will walk away with an understanding of how VSTS can illuminate the possibilities for your software development team. We will dive deep into VSTS, walking you all the way through the development of an application – from planning to coding to system build and test. Along the way, we’ll demonstrate best practices with VSTS allowing you and your teams to be more effective.
Should I dive deep?
If you’re already using Team System, you’ll come away with best practices and ideas for leveraging the tool in ways you may not have thought of before. If you’ve never used Team System, this presentation will provide a powerful introduction to the possibilities.

February 11, 2009: Mountain View, CA: http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=134300
February 12, 2009: San Francisco, CA:

Team System in the Real World

This training event is designed to provide practical and implementable ways to attack common issues that plague development organizations today.  See how various organizations with various problems leveraged Visual Studio Team System to make it work harder and smarter for them, solving real business problems and improving their Team System return on investment. 

During this session, we will delve into real business problems of real organizations and see how Team System made practical solutions happen.  With each example, we will explore the root cause, identify the possible solution, and demonstrate the implementation that solved the problem.

Sounds great, but how can I be sure this session will cover practical and implementable VSTS solutions that address our business problem?  During this session, we will also look at possible solutions to related problems provided to us by attendees prior to the pre-conference presentation.  Early registrants will be given the option of submitting more details on their software development or Team System problems.  Send your problem(s) to us and we may incorporate your submission into our presentation! 

March 13, 2009: Olympia, WA: http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=134771

March 17, 2009: Portland, OR: http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=134772
March 20, 2009: Kirkland, WA:


March 9-12, 2009: Kirkland, WA: 4-day VSTS Training

Building Applications with VSTS 2008

The focus of this course is on the effective use of Team System to improve an organization’s application management lifecycle. Software teams will learn not only how to use Team System effectively, but how to use Team System to improve their software development process. Developers will learn improve the quality of their code and speed development. Testers will learn to validate code quality and track test cases. Project managers will learn to use Team System to bring their projects under control. Configuration Managers will learn the best practices around branching strategies and will learn to create a tailored software configuration management strategy. As a team, you will learn how to use TFS to increase traceability, improve the quality of your code and ease the process of releasing your applications.

For more information or to register, please contact Lori Borg (206.947.0967 / lori.borg@nwcadence.com)


DevConnections Visual Studio and .NET Connections

MSDN Webcasts

February 12, 2009, 10am – Introduction to Team Build and Continuous Integration 

March 12, 2009, 10am – Using Excel for Ad-hoc Reporting in Visual Studio Team System 2008