patterns & practices App Arch Guide 2.0 Project

It’s long overdo, but we’re kicking off a project for v2 of the patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide.  You might be familiar with Tom Hollander’s post “Application Architecture for .NET” 2 – The Revenge.  Well, now it’s time for results. Solution Architects / Dev Leads / DevelopersOur primary audience is solution architects, developer leads,…

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New Prescriptive Guidance for Visual Studio Team System

Our patterns and practices team has just released new prescriptive guidance for Visual Studio Team System! Since my previous post we’ve made significant updates with the addition of the following content: Explained: Branching in Team Foundation Server Explained – Structuring Your Solutions and Projects in Source Control with Team Foundation Server  How To: Perform a…

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TFS Guide Beta 1 is Available

Today we released our Beta 1 of Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Guide.  It’s our Microsoft playbook for TFS.  This is our guide to help show you how to make the most of Team Foundation Server.  It’s a distillation of many lessons learned.  It’s a collaborative effort among product team members, field,…

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patterns and practices WCF Security Guidance Now Available

Our patterns & practices WCF Security Guidance Project is in progress on CodePlex.  This is our first release of prescriptive guidance modules for WCF Security.  How Tos Our How Tos give you step by step instructions for performing key tasks: How To – Create and Install Temporary Certificates in WCF for Message Security During Development…

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App Arch Meta-Frame

As part of the App Arch Guidance project, we’ve created an organizing frame to help think about application architecture: Anatomy of the App Arch Meta FrameYou can see from the figure, we have a few parts that work together: Scenarios – You can’t evaluate an architecture in a vacuum.  Scenarios are the backdrop and the…

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Trends for 2010

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker This is my summary of key trends to watch for 2010.  Putting it together is a time-consuming exercise, but it’s one of the most important things I do for the year.  It helps me see the bigger map.  With the bigger…

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Stephen Covey Speaks at Microsoft

Dr. Stephen Covey presented at Microsoft today.  It’s one thing to know the information; it’s another to experience the delivery live.    This post is a bit longer than usual, but hey, it’s not every day that Covey is in the house.  Here are some of my highlights from today’s session. The Lighthouse Story Covey…

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My Personal Approach for Daily Results

I’m dedicating this post to anybody who’s faced with task saturation, or needs some new ideas on managing their days or weeks…  One of the most important techniques I share with those I mentor, is how to manage To Dos.  It’s too easy to experience churn or task saturation.  It’s also too easy to confuse activities…

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New Release: patterns & practices App Arch Guide 2.0 Beta 1

Today we released our patterns & practices App Arch Guide 2.0 Beta 1.  This is our guide to help solution architects and developers make the most of the Microsoft platform.  It’s a distillation of many lessons learned.  It’s principle-based and pattern-oriented to provide a durable, evolvable backdrop for application architecture.  It’s a collaborative effort among…

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Using Scannable Outcomes with My Results Approach

Some readers asked to hear more on how I use my Scannable Outcome Lists in conjunction with My Personal Approach for Daily Results.  Here’s the work flow in a nutshell … MondaysOn Mondays, I figure out my key outcomes for the week.  To do this: I remind myself what I learned from last Friday’s reflections. I scan…

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