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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A Raspberry Pi2 VSTS Build Light – Part 1, unwrapping the package

I just received an exciting package of goodies, which I will eventually turn into a Rangers build visualizer at the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre. THANK YOU to the folks at Codify, in Brisbane, Australia, for the kit and to Anthony Borton for dragging it across the vast ocean. If you cannot wait for me to…

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Learn how to implement the DevOps model of expedited software development

If you are interested to “discover how the DevOps approach to software development can improve software quality, expedite release cycles and make your business more agile in responding to user needs” you should peruse the  Certificate in DevOps. You can opt for the part-time in-class option if you are in the Seattle area, or the…

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MS Press – Managing Agile Open Source Software using Visual Studio Online

Finally our on-going Visual Studio Online dogfooding adventure and learnings are shared on MS Press for free: … find more free ebooks from Microsoft Press here. Pete, one of our patient reviewers, had this to say: Are you working on a large, distributed software project, maybe with many part-time, and even volunteer resources? Do you…

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Treasure Map under the bonnet (hood) #1 … Windows 8 Layout Controls

In this series we will lift the bonnet (most Commonwealth countries will understand) or hood (US/Canada) of the ALM Treasure Map Solution to (a) perform a code review, (b) review Windows 8 application programming concepts and (c) document the journey to ensure transparency for the team. IMPORTANT We are trying to be very transparent in…

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Windows 8 keyboard cheat-sheet cover

Thanks to Robert who has to endure three long coding and debugging days next to me at the pre-TR events, the Win8-Kbd-Cheat Sheet has gone through a few revisions. It is intended for those who need the common navigation keyboard shortcuts: Any ideas on how it can be improved? PS: You can download Win8-Kbd-CheatSheet.zip from…

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Willy’s Cave Dwelling Notes #10 – Managed Extensions Framework (MEF) … simplicity rules!

The Quick Response Sample – TFS Branch Scenarios sample solution is based on the Managed Extensions Framework (MEF). To understand MEF and be in a better position to review the code base, I decided to do a quick tour and build a simple calculator using MEF (we started calculator samples in the 90’s, so why…

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Willy’s Cave Dwelling Notes #9 – Windows 8 Applications (Part 1)

Some time has passed since our last Cave Dwelling adventure as I had to dig myself out of the Windows 8 and Getting Started with XAML adventures. At this stage I feel like I just took a gulp of fresh air, only to be dragged under by the next wave of technology … but that’s…

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Willy’s Cave Dwelling Notes #8 – PowerShell

As part of the ALM Ranger Hands-on lab and associated environment setup, we have started using PowerShell as our setup automation framework. PowerShell consists of a CMD-like command-line shell and a scripting language, which seamlessly integrates with environments such as COM, .NET and WMI. In this post I will create a few “getting started notes”,…

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Willy’s Cave Dwelling Notes #7 – Doing technical demos (Snippets, etc.)

We recently completed the internal technical event, during which the ALM Rangers presented no less than 25 technical sessions. Most went very well, while some crashed and burnt … giving us an opportunity to re-view the candid feedback and evaluations, cross-checking with our personal observations and coming up with a few do’s and don’ts. ALM…

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