Case studies galore!

Sometimes I get so heads down in the business of shipping our next version that I forget for a moment about customers using the current version.  Fortunately, there are plenty of folks around me who work directly with customers on a regular basis such as the Team System Rangers and our very own Team System…

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Welcome Grant!

Grant Holliday, a former Team System MVP, recently joined our team focused on adoption of TFS internal to Microsoft.  Since he’s a veteran TFS user, he hit the ground running and now is a voracious force on the internal support aliases.  I’m happy to see that he’s also started blogging with a similar level of…

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Tools for Agility – A white paper by Kent Beck

Ajoy Krishnamoorthy, a product manager on our team, recently worked with Kent Beck to publish a great white paper on tooling for the agile team. The section on transparency really resonated with me especially this passage: A transparent team can more cheaply and effectively coordinate their efforts towards shared goals. Acting transparently sends a signal…

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New case study for Team Foundation & Teamprise

We just released a joint case study based on the success that Thomson Reuters has had using Team Foundation Server in conjunction with Teamprise in order to adopt Team System in a mixed development shop.  Since the reality of many development teams is that they are dealing with some aspect of mixed development, I expect…

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Check out good stuff from TechEd 2008

This was a good week for Team System at TechEd 2008 in Orlando.  I would recommend that you check out the TechEd 2008 Online site (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/events/teched/default.aspx) to learn about much of what was covered.  In particular, you should check out the BillG keynote in which our very own Brian Harry demonstrated some exciting new features…

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Check out Brian the Build Bunny

Martin Woodward, one of our many Team System MVPs, just recently posted a blog article about a project he’s been working on for some time now.  Brian is actually a dedicated Nabaztag smart rabbit which reacts to the details of check-ins and builds.  I’ve seen teams use stop lights and reader boards to communicate the…

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Team System 2008 Licensing White Paper now available

Kevin Kelly, a Team System Product Manager, announced today that at long last the Team System 2008 licensing white paper has been published.  I’ve lost track of the number of people who have asked about this important update so I’m sure there are many people interested in this announcement.  As Kevin says, we continue to…

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How DevDiv uses TFS

Gregg Boer, a program manager on the TFS work item tracking team has started a series of posts outlining in good detail how we used TFS work item tracking within Developer Division to manage the Visual Studio 2008 project.  Based on the popularity of my Channel 9 video covering similar topics, I suspect this will…

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April Rosario CTP now available!

I’m happy to announce that the next Community Technology Preview of Rosario (officially known as Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System code name “Rosario” April 2008 CTP) is now available.  Customers can immediately begin downloading the VPC images from our download page.  Because of the size of the VPC, I’d recommend using a download manager, such…

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Update on DevDiv dogfooding of TFS

Matt Gertz, Developer Division’s manager responsible for our internal development tactics and process, recently posted an article covering the broad post-VS2008 efforts to more broadly adopt TFS within DevDiv for future product development. As regular readers of my blog know, Team System teams have been dogfooding TFS for a long time now so this change…

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