Next week I’m getting ready to hit the road for a bunch of conferences and customer visits.  I’m looking forward to getting out and talking with people about what they are doing and what’s coming in VS 11.

It all starts with the ALM Summit in Redmond 11/15 – 11/17.  There we’ll have a bunch of people passionate about application lifecycle management, and particularly Agile processes, get together and discuss where the industry is going.

The following week I’m headed to Germany for ALM Days 2011 11/23 – 11/25 in Munich.  Yes, much to my surprise, this actually means I’m going to be in Germany giving a keynote address on Thanksgiving day.  Go figure.  Germans don’t celebrate Thanksgiving?  My mom was none too happy about this Smile  The ALM Days conference (formerly known as TeamConf) is your chance to experience the next generation of development tools for Windows, Web, Phone and the Cloud live.  There are keynotes and technical talks by Sam Guckenheimer (who can actually speak German) and me, as well as from many local German speakers like Microsoft’s Chris Binder and independent TFS expert Neno Loje, who just co-authored the new book on modern application management with Sam Guckenheimer (by the way: every ALM Days attendee will receive a free copy of this book). We also working hard to make sure every participant will get a free access code to our http://tfspreview.com.  So if you are from Germany or will be in Germany in November head over to the conference website and get a ticket: www.almdays.de

Over the weekend, I’ll be heading to Zurich for a Swiss ALM Days event.  It will be similar to the German event but a bit shorter (and I think Sam won’t be able to make it – so you’ll have to settle for me Winking smile).  While I’m there I’m going to be spending some time with a few customers and visiting with Erich Gamma to see how his new Swiss lab is coming along.

Finally, I’ll be headed to the Netherlands for one more ALM event and some customer visits on the 30th of November.

It’s going to be a whirlwind trip but I’m looking forward to it.  If you get a chance to make it to any of the events, I’d love to spend some time talking.

Brian