Ravings of a Microsoft Evangelista

I have been with Polaris Solutions as an ALM Practice Lead since January 2011. As I go about my day to day, I often stumble across things I want to share out with the community. This is my soap box.

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  • Blog Post: FREE ALM Webcast Series in November/December

    Application Lifecycle Management is about managing the lifespan of your applications with a set of processes and tools that integrate team members and activities. Visual Studio 2010 focuses on further enhancing the flow of information across your team and improving software quality.  Microsoft invites...
  • Blog Post: Clint and Zain Return to the Midwest in December to WOW us with Visual Studio and TFS Goodness!

    Click below to register for the location near you, there are 3 different events so be sure to pick the right one when signing up to secure your spot! SPACE IS LIMITED so please be conscientious of registering ONLY if you can actually attend. If after you sign up you need to back out, we understand, life...
  • Blog Post: Eric Landes Speaks About Working with Remote Teams at the next Chicago ALM User Group

    Have you had to work with remote teams? If you are working in a technology related field, especially software development, chances are you answered “YES”.  Were those remote teams in different time zones, or did they speak another language? Good chance that is the case as well.  Eric Landes...
  • Blog Post: Some Great FREE Windows Phone and ALM Sessions coming to IL, IN and WI in November!

    Successful Agile ALM Using Modern Techniques. - Fast. Forward. Thinking. In this free seminar, we will explore how to leverage Application Lifecycle Management in an Agile environment. Join us as we dive into Microsoft's tools, the basics of Scrum, emergent architecture and Agile testing. Centare’s panel...
  • Blog Post: What I am Chattering about Lately (and REPEATEDLY) on Twitter Lately

    In case you haven’t heard, I am ALL OVER social networking.  If you follow my personal account , it’s full of cooking stories and food pics, DIY and crafting advice, My Fluevog shoe obsession, cute pictures of my dog, cute pictures of OTHER people’s dogs and tech stuff.  Maybe not your cup...
  • Blog Post: FREE Software Process & Scrum On-line Event Series by Northwest Cadence in October and November!

    Software Process Events Series Thursday, October 6 | Introduction to Scrum Register to attend Scrum is the most adopted agile methodology. Time and again, it has transformed low performing development teams into powerful creators of business value. Scrum does particularly well in environments where requirements...
  • Blog Post: FREE Web Workshops on Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 ALM tools by Imaginet

    October Workshops Manual Testing in Agile Teams Test Management in Agile Teams November Workshops Testing in an Agile Team December Workshops Automated Load and UI Testing for SharePoint Projects Testing with SharePoint Projects Using Lab Management with SharePoint Development   Manual Testing in...
  • Blog Post: Richard Hundhausen Speaking in Chicago About TFS 11 and Scrum in October!

    Just wanted to announce that we’ve picked a date for our October Visual Studio ALM user group meeting, and this time we have Richard Hundhausen speaking.  Turns out he’s going to be in town that week teaching the Professional Scrum Developer training course and I decided to take advantage of his...
  • Blog Post: FREE Live Webcast on “Getting Agile with Testing” with Sam Guckenheimer on September 22nd

    As we emerge from the greatest recession of our lifetimes, organizations are striving to involve their stakeholders, and apply modern, agile engineering practices when developing software. Indeed, in many organizations, the questions have shifted from Why Agile to How and How Fast can software be produced...
  • Blog Post: Ever Wonder How We Build Software at Microsoft? Now You Can Read All About It!

    I talk to a LOT of customers every year. It might be safe to say I meet with 100+ different companies every year, and have met with several thousand individuals over the past 5 years that I have been at Microsoft. Before that I worked as a consultant and had experience with at least 20 or so different...
  • Blog Post: ALM Catalyst Live Workshops – The Smart Way to Learn.

    So while I am always happy to cover these topics with my customers, there are 2 problems with this: I don’t scale well.  I have several HUNDRED customers across many states and I can only be at one place at a time.  This gives you many opportunities to get the topics you need covered when it...
  • Blog Post: Indianapolis TFS User Group Discusses TFS 2010 Scrum Template on April 6th

    So you’ve probably heard about this little thing called Agile development. You may have even tried it.  Did you know that we have several templates for Team Foundation Server that support agile teams?  Join us in Indianapolis on April 6th to learn more about the new Scrum template for TFS 2010...
  • Blog Post: Indianapolis TFS User Group Meets in February to Talk Agile!

    Synopsis: Over the past several years the Agile methodology has taken the development community by storm.  With the release of their updated software development products in early 2010, Microsoft created a series of tools, patterns, and practices, which make their platform ideal for Agile development...
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