Now on MSDN: patterns & practices Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications

You can now find our patterns & practices Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications on MSDN in HTML.  It’s the same guidance we hosted on CodePlex.  CodePlex was our channel for agile release of the guidance.  Once we baked the guidance, we ported it to MSDN. Contents at a GlanceHere’s the Landing Page Foreword By…

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Performance Testing Videos Posted to CodePlex

Today we posted our Performance Testing Videos to CodePlex.  They’re a companion set for our patterns & practices Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications. Video IndexHere’s a list of the videos:  Video: What Is – The Core Activities of Performance Testing (Length: 4:32 – Size: 3.02 MB) Video: What Is – The Core Activities of…

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Now on MSDN: patterns & practices Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Guide

You can now find our patterns & practices Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server guide on MSDN in HTML.  It’s the same guidance we hosted on CodePlex.  CodePlex was our channel for agile release.  Once we baked the guidance, we ported to MSDN.  For some customers, MSDN is a trusted source, so being on MSDN…

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TGIF (10/26/07)

I happened to glance at the MSFT stock.  I took a snapshot because I thought it was make believe.  Either way, it made me smile.

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Results-Focused Teams Over Role-Focused Teams

In my experience, talent and passion are the keys to effective teams.  It’s not better defined roles.  In PM Tip#14: Great teams have members that defy roles, Brad Abrams writes that the best teams defy traditional roles and responsibilities, and I agree. Role-FocusWhen role issues show up, it’s usually a sign there’s other problems.  Here’s…

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How To Use Time Boxing for Getting Results

Time boxing is a way to chunk up time and get results.  If you continously miss windows of opportunity or spend all of your time in one area of your life at the expense of others, time boxing can be one of your best tools.   A time box is simply a limited set of time…

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Actions, Insights and Notes

I find chunking my notes from lectures and training helps me turn insights into action.  I chunk my notes into three categories: Actions – this is a tickler list of things I’m going to go do. Insights – this is a tickler list of distinctions and “ah-ha”‘s from the sessions. Notes – this is my…

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How To: Create a “Hello World” WCF Service Using Visual Studio

Here’s a quick step through of using WCF in Visual Studio 2005.  In this case I used a local machine, running Windows 2003, for the service and the client.  There’s lot of possible paths, and this is just one path through.  I focused on “Hello World” to run through the basic mechanics, but chose a…

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Scenarios in Practice

Scenarios are a practical way to organize and focus your product design, development and release.   (We use scenario-driven engineering in patterns & practices)  Key Benefits Business value.  You can  use scenarios to evaluate business value.   What pain does that scenario address? … What opportunity does it create? … etc. Chunking and prioritizing.  You can use scenarios…

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