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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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...
17 Nov 2011
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...
11 Nov 2011
Ever Thought to Yourself “Wow, Angela has a FUN and AWESOME job in DPE”? Well, we are currently looking for a few good folks to join us!
There are currently several job openings within Microsoft DPE in the Midwest and surrounding states. And it occurred to me, I have LOTS of friends in the biz who would make awesome evangelists, but they probably have no idea that the we are looking for people. RIGHT NOW! Below are 3 of the...
11 Nov 2011
Live Webcast with Clint and Zain! The Ultimate Guide to Visual Studio 2010: Coding Debugging, Modeling, Testing, Building and Deployment
The Ultimate Guide to Visual Studio 2010 - Coding, Debugging, Modeling, Testing, Building and Deployment When: November 9, 2011 1:00pm – 4:00pm (CST) -- Register Here Visual Studio 2010 is packed with new and enhanced features to help you create the best code possible and simplify your entire development...
4 Nov 2011
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...
25 Oct 2011
Free Event: ALM for Agile Development with Visual Studio and TFS 2010 in Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis in November
November | 8 | Chicago - Microsoft Office Downtown Due to Microsoft Office space constraints only 24 attendees will be allowed to register for the Chicago event Register here for Chicago event here: https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=157428 Drive your business forward by learning...
19 Oct 2011
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...
28 Sep 2011
A Day with Microsoft Virtualization, Hyper-V, SCVMM 2012 and SCOM 2012…Coming to a City Near You Soon!
Have you been considering using Hyper-V but are not yet familiar with Microsoft’s virtualization platform? Or maybe you only have experience on VMware and want to see what we have to offer? If you are a Visual Studio user considering using our new Lab Management capabilities you may also be wondering...
28 Sep 2011
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...
26 Sep 2011
Indianapolis TFS User Group Meets on October 5th to talk about Load & Performance Testing!
In case you haven’t run across it yet, we have a great group of technologists in Indianapolis focusing on Application Lifecycle Management, SDLC and best practices using Team Foundation Server for managing development. They meet every month or so at the Microsoft Office to talk about latest developments...
19 Sep 2011
September ALM User Group – TFS 2010 Build and Windows Workflow
Just wanted to remind everyone, tomorrow 9/14 ( Wednesday ), we have an event in downtown Chicago. We’ll be closing the registration for this event around noon time Today . So if you do have the intention of coming tomorrow, please RSVP so we can get your list on the building security list...
13 Sep 2011
WOW, some great FREE Live Workshops on Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010. Sign up Today!
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 ALM tools and Microsoft Project Server 2010 We would like to invite you to attend any of our upcoming live workshops in September! These web workshops will provide you with in-depth exposure into the different Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools with separate webcasts...
30 Aug 2011
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...
11 Aug 2011
Are You Doing SharePoint Development? You’re Using TFS/Visual Studio for SCM and Deployment Too Right?
I know, I know. You have SharePoint Designer, and it’s a great tool, no doubt. But what happens when you need to version it? Roll back changes? Do automated test and deploy? ::head scratching:: Yeah, I thought so. Come join the Chicago Visual Studio ALM User Group to talk about what happens...
27 Jul 2011
Have Cheers, Jeers, Opinions about Visual Studio, TFS and Other Microsoft Products? How Can You be Heard? Here is how!
“That Test Manager form should be resizable! “ “That option is too hard to find in Visual Studio!” “Why can’t Team Explorer include that one really key feature that I need to do my job?“ “Why isn’t that easily searchable?” – I’ve asked this myself!! We hear you! Really, we do. We’ve been...
12 Jul 2011
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...
24 Jun 2011
More Free TFS 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 Webcasts available in June and July!
Testing SharePoint - Functional and Performance Testing for SharePoint based applications using Visual Studio 2010 June 29, 2011 12:00pm – 1:00pm (EST) During this free one hour webcast we will we'll demonstrate the SharePoint specific testing capabilities of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation...
24 Jun 2011
Visual Studio vNext is coming! But have you already ramped up on what’s already in Visual Studio 2010?
Managing Requirements & Tracking Defects w/Team Foundation Server 2010 May 25 Registration Manual & Automated Software Testing w/Microsoft Test Manager June 1 Registration Load & Performance Testing w/Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 June 8 Registration Implementing Test Lab Virtualization w...
19 May 2011
Are you REALLY leveraging your MSDN benefits? If not, let me help you!
I somehow forgot to include this in my original post, but here is a slide deck that walks you through the entire process and specifies how to take advantage of your various MSDN benefits: http://cid-e796c9484df4baa3.office.live.com/view.aspx/VS%202010%20Presentations/2010%20msdn%20training%20for%20developers...
17 May 2011
Excellent List of FREE Webcasts around our new Visual Studio 2010 Testing Tools!
Improving Developer and Tester Collaboration using Visual Studio 2010 May 11, 2011 12:00pm – 1:00pm (EST) Visual Studio 2010 introduces a powerful new set of tools and capabilities that enable testers and developers to collaborate like never before. Using VS 2010, testers can easily create actionable...
7 May 2011
Chicago VS ALM User Group Meets in Downers Grove on May 12th to Talk TFS SCM!
Just wanted to let you know we have our next meeting up on the website for RSVP’ing. We thought it’s been awhile since we re-launched the group, and it would make sense to talk about one of the premier features of TFS since its inception – Source Control! Thanks to Dan Sniderman for volunteering...
15 Apr 2011
Supporting Database Development and Deployment with Visual Studio 2010 and TFS
I bet you didn’t know you could do a LOT of your database activities from within Visual Studio? What, you did? Maybe… but did you know you can use Team Foundation Server with it too? Yeah! Source control, work item tracking, build, and more. All of this in addition to the comparison...
25 Mar 2011
FREE WEBCAST “Implementing Project Server/TFS 2010 Integration”
So if you’ve ever wondered, why the heck doesn’t TFS talk to project Server for better resource management and enterprise level reporting? I mean, they are like peanut butter and jelly?!? Well they DO! We actually had a connector with TFS 2008 that connected to Project Server 2007, but it wasn...
18 Feb 2011
More ALM Catalyst Workshops to Help You Leverage TFS 2010 and Visual Studio 2010!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, theses free on-line workshops are really great! They focus on how to better leverage the power and functionality of the new features in Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010. They are live, free, and run by experiences partners who can...
13 Jan 2011
Chicago Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management Group Reboots!
So you may have been sitting around, sadly wondering “What ever happened to that really great ALM user group that Angela girl used to hold in Chicago and Downers Grove?” I know you were, right?! We had a short hiatus after launch that included a great Scrum meeting with some very special guests...
29 Nov 2010
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