How we checked and fixed the 503 error and Performance issue in our Azure Function

How we checked and fixed the 503 error and Performance issue in our Azure Function Since we released our Azure Function that allows you to use LaunchDarkly services with our VSTS Roll Up Board widget extension, we have recently evolved it further by adding an Azure Function that allows you to retrieve the flags of…

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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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VSTS Gems- Release gates

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 Release gates- Integrate continuous monitoring into your release pipelines <click> on image for animation. Area Release (You may need to enable Gates in your profile Preview features list.) TFS…

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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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VSTS Gems- Identify stale branches

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 Identify stale branches <click> on image for animation. Area Code TFS Availability TFS 2018 Value Maintaining a clean repository when there are many branches and contributors Full Description Keeping…

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Post 2- Value Stream Mapping for ALM Ranger’s VSTS Extensions Work Stream

In my last blog post, I wrote about benefits of Value Stream Mapping (VSM) in the realm of software development. I also wrote about how we, the ALM | DevOps Rangers, plan to use it in our VSTS Extensions work stream. Our first target was to produce an “AS-IS” Value Stream Map. For this, our…

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