Visual Studio Team Test – Quick Reference Guide released!

If you are using Visual Studio Team Test (VSTT) I suggest you download the new VSTT Quick Reference Guide here.  The document explains product specifics in great details, it includes tips & tricks for unit, functional and load tests.  A wealth of information to get you started on validating the quality of your applications!


Activity, Deliverable or Outcome?

I have come to the conclusion people are either: – activity focused – delivery focused – outcome focused The first lot just does stuff.  Their calendar is always full, meetings are double or triple booked.  When asked what on earth they are doing you are most likely to get a meeting request for an explanation. …


Want to know the magic formula of how to develop software successfully?

The magic formula is: Success == People + Process + Tools Well this is hardly a revelation of historic proportions, but why is it people keep looking for that elusive tool that will solve all their problems?  Tools are very important, don’t get me wrong, but they are not a substitute for inappropriate processes and…


Want to migrate source code from Subversion, StarTeam or CVS to TFS?

TimelyMigration offers a migration tool to move your Subversion, StarTeam and CVS repositories to Microsoft Team Foundation Server – check it out here.  Our folks in Redmond have only good things to say about them – so try them out!

Reminder – there is a 30% promotion available until 30th June 2009 ..

In case you haven’t heard (or haven’t read my blog!)  there is a 30% promotion available to step up from Visual Studio Professional to one of the Team Editions or from a Team Edition to Team Suite.  This offer is valid until June 30th 2009, so you still have time to think about it 🙂…


The cost of having – or not having – quality in your software

In my role as a Visual Studio Team System technical specialist I spend a lot of time talking to customers about quality software – after all the product is designed with this in mind.  Naturally most customers are very keen to increase quality – but only if it can be done on the cheap…..   Unfortunately…


Why should I care about ‘Quality’?

Quality is one of those words that seem to be self explanatory – “of course we want quality, lots of it!”, but when asked “and why is that?” my customers are often at a loss to elaborate.  The term is used very liberally in most industries but rarely goes beyond empty phrases.  Recently I stumbled…