Managing work for Team System

Martin Woodward, one of our newest Team System MVPs, was recently asking me about how we manage work within our team and if I’d be willing to share our TFS work item types to give a real world example.  Our dogfood usage of TFS is one of my favorite topics and I’m interested in sharing…

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What’s in a community?

I recently presented a review of our Team System community programs to the leadership of our business.  This was a particularly interesting task for me as less than 3 months ago, I hadn’t really spent much time thinking about community but as it became one of the three main parts of my job recently, I…

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Visual Studio Team System Public MSDN Chat

Come and join me and other members from the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Architect, Developer and Tester editions and Team Foundation Server. There will be experts on hand to answer your questions, so we hope to see you there! Join the chat on Wednesday September 6th,…

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What are value propositions anyway?

In my last post, I wrote about “value propositions” as one of the key items we received feedback on during our recent Software Design Reviews (SDR).  Since we haven’t talked much about the use of value propositions (value props for short) during prior releases, I want to give the concept and practice a little more of…

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SDRs – getting customer feedback early and often

For three days last week we spent time with 30 customers representing a number of companies from around the world sharing with them some ideas we have about the future of VSTS.  We typically conduct a number of these Software Design Reviews (SDRs) during the lifecycle of the product to get customer feedback early and often…

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Blogging again

I can’t believe it…it’s been just over 5 months since I last posted a blog entry when TFS shipped on March 17th.  Since then I’ve spoken to various user groups, reviewed many pieces of feedback from customers, and have been busy working with our team laying out the plans for future releases of Team System.  It’s been…

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Team Foundation Server ships!

I’m happy to announce that this morning at 9am, the Team Foundation team signed off on and shipped Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server! This remarkable achievement has been a long time coming and represents significant effort from literally hundreds of individuals inside and outside of Microsoft. To everyone that helped us get this remarkable…

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Team Foundation Server RC Setup Experience Survey

To ensure Team Foundation Server is ready to ship, we are asking you to respond to another survey.  However, this time there is an added incentive. For the first 300 respondents who install Team Foundation Server RC, complete the survey, and submit certain log files, we are offering a special token of our appreciation. For…

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TFS RC goes live

Just in case you missed the news from the bazzilion other blogs announcing this, the TFS RC is now available to download from MSDN Subscriber Downloads.  Check out Rob’s blog for all the details on downloads, upgrades and the all important survey.   Thanks for your patience…we look forward to hearing from you on the…

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Team Foundation signs off on Release Candidate

I’m happy to announce that Friday afternoon, the Team Foundation team signed off on their Release Candidate build.  We have put these bits through a full run of our automated tests as well as updated our dogfood server with them.  We have also conducted what we call “metal up” tests which entails giving a TFS…

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