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  • Blog Post: Capacity vs. Velocity

    My team just completed a discussion - at times a rather passionate discussion - about what work items we should be tracking in TFS. Sanjeev , our PM, argued in favor of tracking everything we do - except meetings. I, lead dev and agile purist that I am, argued in favor of only tracking those work items...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Guidance

    A few years ago, patterns & practices published a book entitled Team Development with Visual Studio .NET and Visual SourceSafe . The book offered solid advice for teams developing software atop .NET using Visual Studio and Visual SourceSafe. It covered things like structuring solutions and projects...
  • Blog Post: Team System Roadmap

    Also announced recently, for those who missed it, was our Team System Future Releases Roadmap . The roadmap contains detailed information about the upcoming Visual Studio Orcas release, as well as a high level discussion of Rosario (the Team System release after Orcas). Well worth the read.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Acquires TeamPlain

    In case you missed it, Microsoft announced this week the acquisition of DevBiz Business Solutions, makers of TeamPlain Web Access for Team System. Brian Harry has all the details . The best part? Existing Team Foundation Sever customers can download and use TeamPlain for free!
  • Blog Post: Be Careful What You Wish For...

    A few months ago, I ranted about TFS Process Templates. Now, I'm a member of the team responsible for building these templates for future versions of TFS. Funny how that works! At the moment, the team is closing down work on Orcas and starting to think about what might be in the next release. It is...
  • Blog Post: It happens every time...

    <RANT> It happens every time I start a new project. Team Foundation Server makes me choose a process template when I create a new Team Project. But, since I’m not happy with any of the process templates I’ve tried so far (MSF Agile, Conchango Scrum, and one custom template), I end up asking...
  • Blog Post: Continuous Integration

    This week, I spent some time learning Team Build and configuring a build server for Continuous Integration (CI). I’ll tell you more about that experience in a separate post. But, before I go there, I want to make sure everyone is on the same page. For those of you unfamiliar with the practice… ...
  • Blog Post: TFS Beta 3 Refresh

    Today is the day! Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 are now available for download by MSDN subscribers. And, Team Foundation Server is releasing Beta 3 Refresh to stay in sync with the RTM bits. Since most of us in patterns & practices have already made the leap to the golden bits, I need...
  • Blog Post: Installing TFS Beta 3

    I alluded to the fact that it took us a couple of tries to get the TFS Beta 3 install right in a prior post . Here’s the full story… If at first you don’t succeed… To begin, we chose to implement a dual-server deployment, because we anticipated the most area for feedback in this scenario. We also...
  • Blog Post: Piloting TFS Beta 3

    A few weeks ago, Microsoft released the third beta of Team Foundation Server (TFS). If you are not familiar with it, TFS is an integrated suite of enterprise software development tools, including source code management, work item tracking, build automation, and detailed project reporting. At its core...
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