Talking about Scrum, Kanban, Agile Portfolio Management with Visual Studio Team Services at DevConf ZA

I had the privilege to attend, collaborate and present at the community driven and developer focused devconf conference, which served to inspire software developers! We all battled with heat, ad-hoc power failures, distracting sound issues, and the 30-min sessions made it tough to cover everything we planned. My session was about… I hope I inspired…


IPELENG risk management services made my ZA trip a breeze

If you are planning a trip to sunny South-Africa (ZA), I recommend that you peruse! During my recent business trip I was able to relax, while I enjoyed safe and timeous transfers to numerous meetings in Johannesburg and the DevConf conference. Instead of worrying about driving on the left-hand side of the road, navigating…


Completed a dream journey after only 24 years

As you probably know, diving in the ocean, sharks, ship wrecks and their history is one of my great passions. In 1991, we travelled from South-Africa to Guam and Truk Lagoon, also known as Chuuk Lagoon, located within the Federated States of Micronesia. Some describe Truk Lagoon, considered the most formidable stronghold in the Pacific…


Remembrance day at Semihamoo beach on 11.11 @ 11:11

A few pictures from Remembrance Day, taken at the Semihamoo bay. The numerous flybys, missing man formations, and frequent heart shaped clouds were moving.


Day of caring … a chance to enjoy the beauty of Stanley Park

Every year the Vancouver Development Centre gathers for the day of caring, giving us an opportunity to work together outside of the digital divide and do something for our environment at the same time. Our recent event took us to Stanely Park … I captured a few pictures of the beautiful harbour area while picking…


The NEWS is back for Visual Studio 2015

The Why the Visual Studio NEWS extension is nothing to ignore or sneeze at post introduced a really cool Visual Studio Extension. Fortunately Utkarsh Shigihalli and Tarun Arora have upgraded and released the extension for Visual Studio 2015, which means that I can monitor the Visual Studio Updates, Visual Studio Service and ALM Ranger news…


Yeah … a batch of RadioTFS stickers arrived today :)

RadioTfs is the podcast that I listen to regularly, both because it is very informative and fun. Subscribe to one of their feeds now! Martin and Greg recently chatted about stickers and the disk mule that we used to exchange between South-Africa and the high-bandwidth countries. Well, the long awaited package with RadioTFS stickers has…


Enjoying a day up in Squamish (Mother of the Wind)

We enjoyed a warm and “smokey” day in  Squamish, British Columbia today. The First Nations have governed this beautiful region for over 10,000 years and call it “Mother of the Wind” due to the strong winds. Surrounding Squamish is a scenery of gob-smacking beautiful mountains, granite monoliths and glaciers. What you will notice in the…


Windows 10 upgrade was uneventful, result is awesome

It was with some hesitation that I decided to click the upgrade button, to move from the Windows 8.1 environment I have grown accustomed to. The Windows 10 upgrade told me to “sit back and relax” … the last time I upgraded my OS I ended up re-installing and re-configuring the tools, widgets and applications…


Delete Team Project – are you ABSOLUTELY sure?

I just noticed a small, but very welcome feature. When you select delete for a Team Project on Visual Studio Online, it not only verifies that you ABSOLUTELY wish to perform an action that CANNOT be undone, but forces you to confirm the name of the team project. This feature could have saved me a…