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  • Blog Post: Welcome Willy, our newest Team System Ranger

    I’m pleased to welcome Willy-Peter Schaub to the Team System team as our newest Ranger.  Willy is a former Microsoft MVP from South Africa (his old blog can be found here: http://dotnet.org.za/willy/ ) and has recently joined us to help further the Ranger mission of accelerating the adoption of...
  • Blog Post: Check out our updated website

    The next update to our Team System website has been made with an eye towards helping make things easier to find.  Sharon, our web site manager, has been working very hard to help address the feedback we’ve gotten in the past and is very eager to hear what you think about the recent improvements...
  • Blog Post: Listen to me on Radio TFS

    The Radio TFS folks called me at home just before the holidays and spent the better part of an hour talking about what I do, some of the history of Team System and where we’re headed with our 2010 release.  As I’ve mentioned previously , it’s a fun format for getting some of the behind-the-scenes...
  • Blog Post: Updated Visual Studio Team System 2008 Trial VPC images available

    For those of you that want to try out Visual Studio Team System 2008 including Team Foundation Server, without having to go through the process of installing the product, we have recently released four VPC and HyperV images for your use.  The “all-up” image includes Team Foundation Server, Team...
  • Blog Post: TFS Branching Guide 2.0 published

    I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but the VSTS Rangers have shipped again! This time, in the form of guidance for branching strategies using Team Foundation Server. You can find this release on Codeplex: http://www.codeplex.com/TFSBranchingGuideII Selecting the right branching strategy is...
  • Blog Post: Check out the new Community tab on the Team System website!

    As I mentioned recently, Sharon Elkins is our new website manager for Team System and she’s starting to make some changes to the site. Some of those first updates went live today and we’d love your feedback. You can see the new page here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vsts2008/bb964396.aspx and read...
  • Blog Post: Dealing with the Team System 2010 CTP expiration

    If you’ve been using the Team System 2010 Community Tech Preview VPC , you’ve probably noticed that the instance of Visual Studio within the VPC is getting close to expiring.  We expect that it will cease functioning around the end of the year and instead return the message “The evaluation period...
  • Blog Post: Team System has a new website manager!

    A few months I grew my team by one person when we brought Sharon Elkins on board to manage the Team System website .  This is the first time we’ve had someone dedicated fulltime to our website and as such, I’m really excited that she’s joined our team.  The website will finally get the attention...
  • Blog Post: Using Team System for SharePoint development

    From all indications, Microsft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) adoption is growing quickly as it provides an easy way to share information, facilitate collaboration, manage content, and implement workflow within enterprises.  We use it daily here on our team to store documents, and share project...
  • Blog Post: Guidance Explorer: enabling discovery, composition and consumption of high quality development guidance

    Several of our MVPs just recently “discovered” the Guidance Explorer project run by our very on patterns & practices team even though it’s been released for some time now.  Since this was a surprise to many of them, I figured it’d be good mention it more broadly in case others might find it...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Grant!

    Grant Holliday , a former Team System MVP, recently joined our team focused on adoption of TFS internal to Microsoft.  Since he’s a veteran TFS user, he hit the ground running and now is a voracious force on the internal support aliases.  I’m happy to see that he’s also started blogging with...
  • Blog Post: Team System community update posted

    Chuck Sterling , our Team System community lead, has posted a copy of his monthly update on community activities to his blog.  In the past, these updates have been only for internal consumption but, at my behest, he posted the most recent update for all to read.  This sort of transparency is...
  • Blog Post: Localized hotfix pages now available

    We have hit another milestone on our journey to improve our process around delivering hotfixes to customers.  Now, not only will the most commonly requested hotfixes be available for download in English, but in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean...
  • Blog Post: Tools for Agility - A white paper by Kent Beck

    Ajoy Krishnamoorthy , a product manager on our team, recently worked with Kent Beck to publish a great white paper on tooling for the agile team. The section on transparency really resonated with me especially this passage: A transparent team can more cheaply and effectively coordinate their efforts...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008

    As you may have heard, registration is now open for the next Microsoft Professional Developers Conference happening in October! PDC2008 is going to be packed with all of the latest information about the future of the Microsoft development platform. For a taste of some of the sessions being offered, check...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming APLN Agile Leadership Conference

    The next leadership summit for the Agile Project Leadership network (APLN) is scheduled to be held in Seattle a couple weeks from now on July 17th and 18th.  I’ve been invited to be part of their panel discussing “Leading the Agile Enterprise” which should be an interesting discussion during which...
  • Blog Post: Seattle Team System User Group meeting this week

    Steven Borg, one of our local Team System MVPs, is scheduled to talk at the next meeting of the Seattle Team System User Group.  He’ll be discussing reporting within Team System…the abstract seems pretty interesting: You’ve paid your nickel and it’s time to ask the Zoltar Fortune Teller for your...
  • Blog Post: Check out good stuff from TechEd 2008

    This was a good week for Team System at TechEd 2008 in Orlando.  I would recommend that you check out the TechEd 2008 Online site ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/events/teched/default.aspx ) to learn about much of what was covered.  In particular, you should check out the BillG keynote in...
  • Blog Post: Radio TFS

    After getting my first Zune in March for my birthday, I’ve really enjoyed getting familiar with the world of podcasting…it’s a great way to extend my learning and entertainment in to my exercise, commuting and yard work time.  As it turns out that there’s a podcast out there for the Team System...
  • Blog Post: Check out Brian the Build Bunny

    Martin Woodward , one of our many Team System MVPs, just recently posted a blog article about a project he’s been working on for some time now.  Brian is actually a dedicated Nabaztag smart rabbit which reacts to the details of check-ins and builds.  I’ve seen teams use stop lights and reader...
  • Blog Post: New edition of TFS Times

    Paul Hacker , one of our 72 (!) Team System MVPs , has recently published a new edition of his very popular TFS Times . I’m impressed that even with his very busy personal and professional life that he’s able to publish this newsletter but somehow he pulls it off. This most recent issue focuses extensively...
  • Blog Post: More Rosario specs available

    While I hope many of you are now or soon to be actively using Visual Studio Team System 2008, we’re hard at work with developing our next release known as Rosario.  We’ve been publishing specs for some of the new features  and just refreshed the list updating or adding 7 specs bringing our...
  • Blog Post: More Team System "Rosario" specs available for review

    In November of last year, we started sharing a selection of the specs written for Team System "Rosario" features. At the time, we had just two specs available but the response from the community was very encouraging. As I predicted at the time, this sort of positive response would encourage others to...
  • Blog Post: Join me at our next Team System Chat

    Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what's new for these editions for Visual Studio 2008. Add to Calendar April...
  • Blog Post: Project Server 2007 connector refreshed

    I'm happy to announce that the Team System Rangers have just refreshed the Project Server 2007 to TFS connector that was originally released last year. This version has been made compatible with the recent release of TFS 2008. In addition, we've fixed a number of the most commonly reported bugs from...
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