Everything you want to know about Visual Studio ALM and Farming
Brian Harry is a Microsoft Technical Fellow working as the Product Unit Manager for Team Foundation Server. Learn more about Brian.
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Last night I returned from Tech-Ed 2006. I got to do one presentation on TFS - sort of a "day in the life demo". Unfortunately feeback was mixed - some people loved it but the pattern in the negative feedback was that the screen resolution was too high making it too hard to see and that I tried to cover too much stuff and lost too many people. The first was just a stupid mistake on my part - I should know better. The second is tough because there's just really a lot to show. However, in retrospect, I can think of a few things I could have cut out and still showed what I needed to. Live and learn I guess. I appologize to those of you who didn't get what you hoped for.
I really enjoyed myself. I got to spend a good 10 hours or so hanging out at the booth and talking to customers. I had about 50 people come up to me for questions after my presentation and I tried to strike up table conversations at meals. There's nothing quite like being able to really talk to people in depth.
My biggest take away is that I was really surprised at how many people are in the process of rolling out TFS into their organizations. At past events most of my conversations have been of the "so what exactly does it do?" type. This time many of the people I talked to had just started using TFS and were asking detailed questions about how they fit TFS into their development process. It was really exciting to see.
Other observations and feedback include:
There was more but that's a big chunk of it. I'm certainly interested in any comments or opinions you have about any of this.