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
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
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...
11 Oct 2011
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...
29 Sep 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
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
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...
16 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
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
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
2 Chicago Visual Studio ALM User Group Meetings in February, w00t!!
So you may have heard that I rebooted the Chicago Visual Studio ALM User Group with my good friends at Polaris Solutions . Really, they are good friends whom I have known for most of my technical career. Be sure to say hi to them at the next meeting Anyway, the “Agile Modeling in Visual...
19 Jan 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
Indianapolis TFS and Application Lifecycle Management Group Meets in December!
Date: December 8th 2010 Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM Location: Microsoft - 500 E. 96th St. Parkwood Business Park, Building Four Suite 460 Indianapolis, IN 46240 driving directions Registration: https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=151824 Synopsis: TFS brings a rich set of capabilities to...
19 Nov 2010
PDC Sold Out in Record Time, Now What? Join us for a Recap!
So PDC was a bit smaller this year due to being held on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond Washington this fall. As expected, it sold out quickly and we have a LOT of disappointed folks who would love to see and hear what happened, maybe even get in on some of the hands on labs. If you live in the...
18 Oct 2010
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