October, 2008

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About jampick

I'm James Pickell.  I work as an Associate Architect at Microsoft.  I've been with Microsoft since late 1999 working mostly as a software builder, build lead and build manager in Windows.  Until 2007 I was the Windows main build lab manager responsible for the build, bvt and source control operation teams for Windows.  I was fortunate enough to be the build manager for Vista and most of Server 2008 and Vista SP1 development.  This position allowed me to work with many smart folks and see the challenges associated with enterprise level software development.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

I left Windows in late 2007 to join Microsoft Services as an architect in the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) practice.  My specialty is developing build automation, branch management and driving source control best practices.  ALM is a rich space that crosses all facets of software development.  I'm in a good position to empower people and businesses to realize their full potential through our software and services.<o:p></o:p>

Feel free to follow me at http://twitter.com/jampick
This is my weblog.  Enjoy!

  • jampick's WebLog

    Visual Studio 2010 == happiness

    "Visual Studio 2010 == happiness" is from one of the VSTS 2010 talks today. I expected more buzz around Windows Azure but talking to folks in the lounge, at lunch and over coffee there is huge interest in some of the new features in VSTS 2010 especially...
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    Agile adoption at the methodology level

    I jumpstarted my PDC experience this year by attending a pre-conference talk on Agile Perspective; Industry and Microsoft . I was surprised to see such strong turn out on a Sunday. There appeared to be about 200 people at the talk. Many times I need to...
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    Live from Los Angeles... It's the 2008 PDC!

    I'm in Los Angeles this week to attend the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC). My personal PDC goal is to focus on how partners supplement our Microsoft ALM offerings. I'm especially interested in seeing complimentary and competitive offerings...
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