Denver: FREE TFS Training Workshop from Aspenware

“Okay, I have TFS.. Now what?” If you or anyone in your organization has asked that question, this free training from Aspenware may be your answer! Check out the training page on their site for full details, but here are the basics: Part 1: Thursday September 19, 11:30AM-4PM Part 2: Wednesday September 25, 11:30AM-4PM Lunch…


Better Multi-User Support for Work Item Tracking in TFS 2012

Consider this scenario: User A opens a work item (and keeps it open) User B opens the same work item, makes a change, and saves it. User A (with work item still open), decides to make a change. In Team Foundation Server 2010 (and previous releases for that matter), support for multiple users editing the…


Event Series: Why Requirements Still Matter

  In the world of Scrum or Agile, do requirements really still matter that much? Well, if you want to compete in the world of the modern application, absolutely! In fact, they matter more than ever. Shorter release cycles mean that typical impediments to value delivery impact the application lifecycle more than ever. The challenge…


Finding What’s Out of Date In your Workspace

A couple of customers have asked me about this in the past couple of weeks:  “How can I tell in my workspace, how far out of date are my files?” TFS knows if your file is out-of-date and will tell you simply by showing you a “No” in the Latest column in Source Control Explorer:…


Visual Studio Update 2 is here (well, the CTP is)

If you’re one of the lucky ones to be attending the ALM Summit this week (I’m not), you’ve been able to experience first-hand the bevy of announcements made concerning Visual Studio Update 2.  An evaluation CTP (read: Not supported, not “go live”) has been dropped and is ready for feedback. Brian Harry explains it best…

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Team Foundation Server vs. Team Foundation Service

You’ve probably found a few comparisons on the interwebs comparing the “traditional”, on-premise TFS with the new cloud-hosted Team Foundation Service.  I get asked about this a lot – as a result, I thought I’d share the slide deck I used to drive this conversation.  Please let me know if you have any questions!  …

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Upcoming Visual Studio 2012 ALM Webcasts from Imaginet

  Imaginet is thrilled to provide you with exclusive invitations to our Winter Webcast Series covering a variety of new topics on Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2012 ALM Tools. This is your exclusive opportunity to gain incredible insights, learn new skills, and understand how to best leverage some incredible new technologies from Microsoft. Space is limited…


Team Foundation Service is Live!

That’s right!  FKA TFS Preview has graduated to a fully-released service! For a graduation present, the official URL has been updated to http://tfs.visualstudio.com. TFS Preview will continue as a valid URL for a little while longer, but now that “TFS in the Cloud” is officially online and available, you can start using the new URL. …


VS/TFS 2012 Tidbits: TFS Feedback Management Behind the Scenes

In this post, I’m going to take a closer look at how the new Feedback capabilities in TFS 2012 works under the covers. In general, TFS users can request “feedback” from stakeholders about particular elements/areas of an application.  This can be either specific or general scenarios.  TFS manages the feedback process using work items and…

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VS/TFS 2012 Tidbits: Using SkyDrive/OneDrive with Team Foundation Service (or Server)

April 2014 Updates: SkyDrive is now OneDrive Team Foundation Service is now Visual Studio Online Team Foundation Server has always had a great integration with SharePoint by allowing organizations to leverage the goodness of SharePoint’s web parts and document libraries.  TFS can surface reports and other statistics to SharePoint so roles that are on more…