Survey – Tell us about your Team Foundation Server

Chris Rathjen has posted a short survey to collect more information about real world TFS deployments & configurations.  We would appreciate it very much if you would take a moment to complete the survey.  This information will help us in prioritizing testing and other product planning. Link:  Tell us about your Team Foundation Server Thanks!


My Listas

I checked out the new Microsoft Live Labs Listas app today.  So far, I’ve only created 1 list:  Management Books I Like (rss).  It seems like I’m always listening to or reading a new book on building strong teams, management techniques, effective (and not) management styles, etc.  As I read more, I’ll add them to…


Patches for Team Foundation Server 2008 Beta 2 available

We have released patches for some known issues with Team Foundation Server 2008 Beta 2 upgrades that have been causing headaches for some of you.  Thanks for all your feedback that helped us uncover, diagnose, and fix these issues! You can download the patches here. Here are some more details on the issues:



Turns out a former co-worker of mine was a contributor on the TFS Guidebook I recently blogged about.  Jason Taylor and I worked together back in my Windows days on a virtual team looking for ways the various test orgs around the Desktop Client division could work together, share tools, and generally be more effective. …


Check out the new TFS Playbook

J.D. Meier just posted about the new bea release of the Software Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Guide.  The guide covers topics ranging from best practices for structuring Team Projects to branching & merging strategies, etc.  If you’re evaluating Team Foundation Server or planning a rollout, be sure to check this out.


Diarist blogging app updated for smartphones

I’ve been a big fan of Kevin Daly’s blogging app for Windows Mobile devices for quite a long time now. But until I recently got a Blackjack, I had only used it on a Pocket PC. Well Kevin kindly responded to my begging and updated Diarist for smartphones! You can download it from the Channel9…


Have you tried Orcas Beta 1 yet?

If you haven’t heard yet, the Orcas Beta 1 VPCs are available for download now!  We’ve added a lot of new features for TFS in this release including continuous integration, build scheduling, and better extensibility for Team Build, folder diff and annotations in version control, lots of performance improvements & scalability enhancements, etc.  Beta 2…


Team System chat this Friday

Chances are high you’ve already seen this on other Team Foundation blogs, but just in case: Visual Studio Team System Chat – This Friday Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition,…


My shiny new Blackjack

I recently picked up a Samsung Blackjack from Cingular and have to say that I love it!  I’ve been a Windows CE junkie for years (I even wrote my Masters Thesis on an original Casiopeia A-11 HPC), so I’m biased of course.  Switching from the Pocket PC OS to the Smartphone OS has been interesting, but…


Learning about product and team metrics

Metrics are a double-edged sword.  On one hand, you can’t improve what you don’t measure.  On the other hand, if your metrics program is implemented poorly, you can end up with all sorts of problems ranging from fooling yourself into thinking everything’s ok to demotivating your team to information overload.  In any product development environment,…