A change in our ETM Architecture Plans

As you guys already know we are working on a set of architectural investments that will allow us to scale out the TFS deployment. These scale out capabilities allows administrators to easily manage the load put by their teams on Team Foundation Server while simultaneously reducing the TCO of our offering. Our vision is Manage…

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Team Foundation Server Properties Spec

Yesterday we released our first specification discussing Team Foundation Serve properties and our thoughts on the feature. If you get a chance please go through it and provide us with feedback as it is always important for us to validate our assumptions with customers. Here are the links: Directly to the spec: Team Foundation Server…

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Version Control Areas of Innovation

If you look at Version Control over the 1990’s you are not going to find a lot of innovative and revolutionary features. I believe that there were certain industry factors that were responsible for this "dormant" period, but we won’t talk about those since they are not all that relevant. On the other hand since…

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What does TFS merge uses: local or latest?

Recently our team got this question asked through the forums, and since I remember when we were making this decision, I thought it would be best to put it in paper and do a quick blog. First let’s talk about the scenario: I have a workspace and I have not done a GET in a…

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Interesting HBR IdeaCast article

Today I came across this article and I thought to share with you because I think it holds a lot of true for software development teams. I think the notion of always providing value because we are smart or have this certain level of expertise at times is detrimental to the overall success of that…

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External Team Foundation Server Tools

The other day I was in a customer call and I was asked for a list of TFS External tools, I am defining those as any TFS feature or tool that is not included in the packaged product.  Although I still don’t have a compiled list the best advice I could think of was to…

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Enterprise Team Foundation Server Management Spec

As you know we are constantly looking at ways to improve our product in order to meet the growing market demands of our customers. Our enterprise customers today are looking to consolidate and usually decide to purchase one server for their teams and create a significant number of team projects in it. The problem with…

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Feature Design and Simplicity- Part 3

I have gotten some emails by readers about this series so I thought to continue the momentum and talk about the next law: Time. It is no secret that "Thin is in" with customers and that there is nothing more frustrating and at times upsetting than waiting for an application to do some task. TFS…

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Slick Design

We Program Managers are always looking for the latest technology, trends and designs that will be enable us to deliver our vision of the feature to our users in its simplest and most powerful form. I was doing some research on tilt UI and physics UI and I came across this site, which in my…

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Team Foundation Sidekicks 2.1 Release

Hi, Attrice has released a new version on their Sidekicks which you can now get here: (http://www.attrice.info/downloads). In addition to bug fixes, there are two big features of note (more details at http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/tfsidekicks/archive/2008/04/08/get-team-foundation-sidekicks-2-1.aspx): · Code review by work item selection · Integration of Sidekicks into Visual Studio 2005/2008 · View changeset details wherever relevant Lastly…

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