VSTS Gems – Marketplace, the one stop location for added functionality

VSTS is a great platform, but did you know about its gems? Follow this short post series where we undercover some of its coolest features. Gem Marketplace – Need a feature? Have you tried the marketplace? <click> on image for animation. Area Administration. TFS Availability Now. Value VSTS and TFS have public extension points A…

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Our April champion is Mikael Krief … again … for his continued passion to deliver value to our users

We are pleased to re-introduce Mikael Krief in our series of posts to recognise the champs of the Ranger community, one year after Our April champion is Mikael Krief, for his tenacity and passion with the generator-vsts-extension. He’s been nominated for his continued tenacity and passion to improve our VSTS extensions, research ways to improve…

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devconf’s log #3 – Sessions, Cubes, and lots of collaboration

Continued from devconf’s log #2 – Sun, Mandela, and no Bowtie. After lots of meetings, discussions, and content preparations we finally completed the devconf event in Johannesburg. I’ll share a lot more photos and the feedback from todays sessions soon. Here are a few pictures to give you a snippet of a phenomenal day of…

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devconf discussions – What is DevOps?

Sharing a few of the discussions before, during, and after devconf, a community driven, developer focused, one-day conference hosted annually.   The questions that were asked the most over the past few days are “What’s DevOps”, “Can’t I buy DevOps”, and “How do I get started”. Here’s my three [cents | pennies]. What’s DevOps? It’s…

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devconf discussions – Feature Flags

For the next few days I’ll try to share a few of the discussions before, during, and after devconf, a community driven, developer focused, one-day conference hosted annually.   Feature flags are definitely a hot topic. Here are some of the questions we discussed over the past 2 days and my thoughts. How do we…

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How we deliver the DevOps VSTS Bot

To deliver changes for the DevOps VSTS Bot into production, we use a combination of Github and Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to deploy a Web Application to Azure App Service. Backlog The team keeps the backlog in VSTS, using a Kanban flow, pulling work from right to left. As we are a small team…

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We have an idea … now what?

Our ALM | DevOps Ranger community consists of a bunch of smart, passionate, part-time volunteers – or Geeks – that have great ideas for solutions that could potentially be “awesome” or address a missing feature or adoption blocker. The team mapping our VSTS extension Value Stream recently asked me “when we have an idea, what…

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VSTS Gems – Manual step in release management pipelines

VSTS Gems – Manual step in release management pipelines VSTS is a great platform, but did you know about its gems? Follow this short post series where we undercover some of its coolest features. Gem Manual step in release management pipelines <click> on image for animation. Area Release TFS Availability Now Value Either for control/monitoring/testing…

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Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Oren Novotny

Who are you? I am Oren Novotny, Chief Architect, DevOps & Modern Software at BlueMetal, and Microsoft MVP since 2014, awarded in two categories: Windows Development and Visual Studio & Dev Tools. At home, I am a husband, father, photographer, skier, foodie, and lover of technology. I believe that technology is meaningless in a vacuum…

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VSTS Gems- Branch filters in environment triggers

VSTS is a great platform, but did you know about its gems? Follow this short post series where we undercover some of its coolest features. Gem Branch filters in environment triggers <click> on image for animation. Area Release TFS Availability Future Value Have more granular control on which artifacts should be deployed to a specific…

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