devconf’s log #5 – Sad it’s over, stoked over chats, and the 25h trek home

Continued from devconf’s log #4 – “Was zum Geier?”, lean coffee, and rain it’s time to close the curtains and start the countdown to next year   Before I share the final pictures from the event, I’d like to THANK the hosts (Robert and Candice) for a phenomenal event and the speakers & attendees for…

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devconf’s log #4 – “Was zum Geier?”, lean coffee, and rain!

Continued from devconf’s log #3 – Sessions, Cubes, and lots of collaboration. We have arrived in Cape Town for the first devconf conference in the city … we’re tired, but still stoked Here are a few pictures to give you a snippet of the Capetonian event. Speaker dinner – “Was zum Geier?”, why is our…

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devconf’s log #2 – Sun, Mandela, and no Bowtie

Continued from DevConf’s log #1 – Flights, floods, and lack of sleep. Spent the weekend relaxing, mentally preparing for the conference, and enjoying the sun, food, and discussions. Part of the mental preparation is to practice the session and ensure the 60-75min talk can be delivered in the 45min DevConf slot. I focused on grounding…

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devconf’s log #1 – Flights, floods, and lack of sleep

I am in South-Africa to share our DevOps journey at DevConf, a community driven, developer focused, one-day conference hosted annually.   After a 23.9167-hour trip from Vancouver to Johannesburg I arrived at the hotel at midnight … followed by 24hours of no sleep, resulting in a few frazzled days. What I really enjoyed for the…

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What’s with the Ravens logo?

In case you’re wondering what this logo is all about …  At our Microsoft Vancouver office we have an area where engineers, working for remote teams, are gathered. We used to refer to ourselves as the “orphans”, but recently pushed for a team identity. We suggested and picked Ravens for two reasons: “Raven symbolizes creation,…

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Turning on the cold for Tiago – welcome to a cool Vancouver!

We caught up with Tiago Pascoal (MVP, ALM Ranger) in Redmond, where he was recording Application Insight sessions and having lots of fun in the studio It was an honour to welcome him in Vancouver for the weekend before he returned home. We started with a trip to Vancouver Island, enjoying the cruise, the fresh…

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What’s up with us playing Kanban games in the garage?

A couple of months ago a colleague, Ewald Hofman, delivered a phenomenal Kanban training at Microsoft Vancouver, using the getKanban. game. It triggered numerous discussions during and long after the event, and influenced posts such as planning … it’s all about people and the secret sauce to managing our backlog and TODO lists‎. The game…

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Three great books on DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Team Foundation Server

What’s the future of books? It’s a question many of us have been asking ourselves, as the time between technology innovation becomes shorter, making it difficult to deliver an up-to-date book. We’d be interested in your views, as a reader, on the future and value of printed versus electronic technology and guidance books. Should we,…

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A Raspberry Pi2 VSTS Build Light – Part 3, why not to shrink-wrap 3D printed cases :)

A few weeks ago I received a special 3D printed case from Anthony Borton for the Raspberry Pi2 VSTS Build Light, which he printed in Australia, shrink-wrapped, and brought across the vast ocean by plane. At first I was sure I was going crazy and I’m convinced that Anthony thought likewise … but the Raspberry…

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A Raspberry Pi2 VSTS Build Light – Part 2, assembling and installing the software

We continue from A Raspberry Pi2 VSTS Build Light – Part 1, unwrapping the package, following the meticulous http://myalmblog.com/2016/05/a-raspberry-pi3-vsts-build-light-part-2-installing-windows-10-iot-core/ post from Anthony Borton. Assembling the device … simple! There are only a few moving parts to assemble. It’s really simple! Here is the finished product:  Install Windows 10 IoT … interesting! I ventured to https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/iot/win10/getstarted/setupyourdevice,…

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