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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Agile Tools Team doing Agile

    Adam Cogan from SSW was in Redmond later last year, and he caught up with the TFS Agile Team while they were doing a Stand Up. He's produced a couple of great videos explaining what he saw.   By the way, these are a part of a pretty cool set of videos SSW are producing under the banner of SSW TV
  • Blog Post: More VSS to TFS Workshops this Month in MEL, SYD, BNE and Online

    Hot on the heels of my post on the Readify DevDay in Sydney , I got a note about even more VSS to TFS workshops (this time presented by Richard Angus from Enhance ALM). Topics include: The benefits of migrating to TFS A demonstration of the key features of TFS Pre-migration planning Hands-on walk through...
  • Blog Post: TFS for VSS Users - 1/2 day training in Sydney

    I got this note from Sarah Webb at Readify today - looks like a good way to spend half a day if you’re looking to move from Visual Source Safe to a more modern source control system (and get a heap of additional goodness thrown in) Readify Dev Day: TFS for VSS Users… Since 2005, Team Foundation Server...
  • Blog Post: Free SharePoint Development Training in SYD, MEL, ADL, PER, CBR, BNE in March and April

    Community stalwart, MVP and Regional Director Adam Cogan is running SharePoint 2010 developer training around the country at the end of this month (and the beginning of next). From their newsletter: In this FREE 3 hour session, you will learn why Team Foundation Server 2010 (TFS) is the fully integrated...
  • Blog Post: Linked .NET User Group – April Events. SQL 2008, VSTS 2010

    Brian Madsen pinged me today, at almost the same time as my automatic notification arrived. This month the Linked .Net Users Group has two great Live Meetings as pare of their ongoing program (recordings of previous sessions are archived here ). Session 1 – register here April 8th 03:00 Sydney time ...
  • Blog Post: Ramp yourself up with Ramp Up

    I know, getting training budget is hard at the moment, but you really want to make yourself as employable as possible. Help is at hand (in fact, it’s only a mouse click away). There are, of course, a whole bunch of Virtual Labs you can do (for developers and for infrastructure people ). There’s also...
  • Blog Post: Demos Happen { Here } – State finals starting in Sydney tonight.

    This evening (Monday 11 Aug) is the first of the Demos Happen { Here } state finals. We’ll be kicking off at 6pm at Microsoft HQ in North Ryde. Subsequently we’ll be holding finals in the MS offices in Canberra - Aug 12 6pm Melbourne – Aug 13 6:30pm Brisbane – Aug 18 6pm Adelaide – Aug 20 6pm Come and...
  • Blog Post: WOW! It's the Technology of TechEd Track

    Following Kleefy 's not so unexpected announcement , I've taken over the Technology of TechEd Track for this year's TechEd Australia event. Here's the spiel that I wrote for the track. Come on a journey behind the scenes at Tech•Ed. This track will take you end-to-end in the technology deployed...
  • Blog Post: More VSTS2008 Virtual Images on MSDN

    Matt Nunn sent this round recently - a couple of additions to the many Virtual Images you can download and just start using. I would like to announce that just prior to the holiday season we posted new public VSTS 2008 VPC Images. There are 2 versions of the VPC available: · The first VPC is what...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices - Two new guides available - Team Development and Performance Testing

    As one of the pillars of Visual Studio Team System, I always talk about the guidance, both built into the system as process guidance and available as best practice from the patterns & practices team. There are two new guides available for download (or to purchase in hard copy). patterns & practices...
  • Blog Post: Four more Fishbowl Videos

    The Virtual TechEd Fishbowl Editors have been at it again. Four more great videos. The Wide Ranging Applicability of Team Foundation Server Ron Jacobs, host of ARCast.TV , sits down to talk with customers Justin Butcher and Michael Daniel about using Team Foundation Server in a scenario with hundreds...
  • Blog Post: (fish)Bowling for TechEd

    Two new videos from the Virtual TechEd FishBowl . While you're at it, check out the BuilderAU video section for even more TechEd goodness. XNA Gaming Tools and Technologies XNA, Microsoft’s latest suite of game creation tools, is composed of industry-leading software, services, resources, and communities...
  • Blog Post: TeamPlain Evolved

    Brian Harry 's just announced the availability of the evolution of TeamPlain - Team System Web Access Power Tool (I love how we take a boring, long-winded name and change it into something snappy and memorable).
  • Blog Post: Team System Chat this Thursday August 2 - Now with APAC-Friendly Time

    This in my inbox today from David Kean: We have another two Team System chats this Wednesday – the second chat is later in the afternoon (Pacific Time) so that Asia and the Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, etc) can join us. Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Virtual Labs

    Today, Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ) What's new in Visual Studio Team System Virtual Lab Express is the fastest and easiest way to test drive Microsoft products and the Virtual Lab environment. These are 30-minute hands-on overviews of some of...
  • Blog Post: What version of TFS am I Running?

    Chris Birmele , our (ostensibly neutral) VSTS Technical Specialist was complaining about not being able to work out what version (Beta, RC, RTM, SP1) and which Edition (Standard, Trial, Workgroup) of TFS was running on a machine. After consulting with VSTS MVP and all-round TFS guru, Anthony Borton ...
  • Blog Post: Sydney Business and Technology User Group First Meeting - it was HUGE!

    Last night I was fortunate enough to attend the inaugural meeting of the new Sydney Business and Technology User Group (or, as I like to refer to it, sbTug). Craig Bailey announced the group a week or so ago and I was very impressed with the great turnout of people from all over the community. The group...
  • Blog Post: Canberra VSTS User Group Rocks the House

    It's 8am and I'm sitting in the inaugural meeting of the Canberra VSTS User Group . The turn-out is amazing. Over 40 professionals are crammed into the room in the Canberra MS office. This is a sensational turn out. Kudos to Grant , Sean and Mitch . Grant kicked off with news, tips and tool of the...
  • Blog Post: New VSTS/TFS User Group in Canberra

    I got this note from Nils today. See you there! I’d like to make you aware of the new Visual Studio Team System user group! The purpose of the VSTS User Group is to form a community of practice for Canberra-based IT professionals interested in the use of Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) to support the...
  • Blog Post: Make and Mend Day - Installation, Configuration and Celebration

    I recently upgraded my Toshiba Tecra A7 to the RTM versions of Vista and Office 2007, and have been going through my list of things to install on a new machine to check that I haven't missed anything. In addition, I've been meaning to enable access to my TFS box via the internet for some time now, so...
  • Blog Post: Team System Chat Tomorrow

    If you're up at 5AM Sydney time tomorrow (9 Nov), Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition, discuss what's new in the latest Community...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Resource Guide for Developers and Architects

    This is a centralised resource guide for developers and architects interested in evaluating Visual Studio Team System. Inside, you will find information and links to VSTS: Team Centers Home pages for the specific editions in VSTS Project Manager Software Architect Software Developer Software Tester Database...
  • Blog Post: Developer Tools Roadmap - Premier Account Briefing

    Update - Trouble seems to be publishing to FTP sites through my new ISA server at home. Presentation download links below. Yesterday, when I delivered back-to-back Premier Account briefings to around 120 folks, I promised that I'd post the presentation deck here today. The deck is here in PowerPoint...
  • Blog Post: New Team Foundation Server Mailing List in Australia

    Grant Holliday sent me a note last night announcing that he's set up a new mailing list to deal with TFS-related issues. Hi there, As you are aware, Team Foundation Server adoption is taking off in Australia since the release in March ‘06. Like myself, you have probably built up a collection...
  • Blog Post: Using TFS from Visual FoxPro

    Eric Lee , Product Manager for Team Foundation Server , has been in town for a couple of days after TechEd. Last night, he spoke at a special combined meeting of the Sydney VFP User Group and the Sydney .NET User Group . Eric give an introduction to Team Foundation Server, demonstrated the conversion...
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