John Lawrence (MSFT)

Managing development with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System & Team Foundation

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  • Blog Post: Final version of TFS User Administration Tool now available

    Joe Morel just contacted me to let me know that the final version of the Team Foundation User administration tool that I've blogged about in the past is now available for download, running against RTM TFS. Here's a quick description of the tool The TFS Admin Tool allows a TFS administrator to...
  • Blog Post: Template project for subscribing to team foundation events & notifications

    A couple of people have contacted me in the past wanting more details on how to subscribe to the various events that we expose in TFS. Currently our documentation/SDK probably isn't as detailed as it will ultimately reach in this respect. However, Howard Van Rooijen (of Conchango's Scrum For Team...
  • Blog Post: MindManager integration with Team Foundation Server for requirements gathering

    A couple of weeks ago we had a Dev Lab on campus - during which time Michael Scherotter from MindJet was campus working with a few people from the TFS team who were showing him some of our Integration Features. Mareen Philip forwarded a video to me of the end result - this is what Michael came up...
  • Blog Post: Jason - another Team Foundation Developer - is blogging

    Looks like Jason Prickett is now blogging . I'm looking forward to reading what he has to say. He's one of the developers on my team who has been responsible for much of the Work Item Tracking user interface elements of the Team Foundation client pieces. He's also been working on the Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: We did have green beer when Team Foundation shipped

    A few people noted that Mary Jo Foley thought we'd be having green beer when we signed off on Team Foundation Server on St Patrick's day. Here's the proof - Etienne and Aaron enjoying a quite revolting looking drink... :-) It tasted good though.
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation ship room signs off on RTM - ship it!

    We just finished our final shiproom - Team Foundation Server is ready to go! Read more on Jeff's blog here These are just a few of the folks who have been at shiproom every day for the last few months helping get this baby out of the door - thanks to all of you! Who's who? From left to...
  • Blog Post: What features would you like for a command line work item tracking tool?

    One of my team is looking into what a command line tool for Work Item Tracking might look like. We'd like it to be something that you could use without a GUI so that it could be suitable for scripting. What would you like it to do? What problems would you use it to solve? Does it sound useful to you...
  • Blog Post: A fellow email blood pressure sufferer

    I just read David Anderson's post on how he just decided to Take Back His Life after his email inbox caused his email blood pressure to skyrocket. David, you were getting 400 emails a day at the peak of the Beta 3 period for Team Foundation Server. I apologise - I was probably the sender of a large...
  • Blog Post: Some history and clarification on our Team Foundation dogfood statistics

    I've been really bad at reviewing comments on my blog lately - sorry. (I'm sure you'd rather I was focusing on shipping TFS though...) I just came across this comment from Tim Rowe who was wondering how we reached 600 dogfood users for our November stats . When it says 'Team foundation', is...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation User Admin Tool now works against the TFS RC

    Some time ago I blogged about a tool to manage users and groups across WSS, Reporting Services and Team Foundation . This has been available in Beta in the past, but only running against old builds. The Developer Division Aftermarket Solutions team has just updated the binaries to run against the...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Dogfood Statistics - February

    It's not long since I posted the last numbers , but Brian has just sent around the latest information, so here it is. Some key points that Brian highlighted: Number of active users is 587 - our target for shipping was 600, so we're close enough to declare victory here! 7 day availability...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Dogfood Stats - January

    (Update - this didn't get sent to the main aggregate site when I first posted it) Brian sent around the latest updates in our dogfood usage as of 1/10 - I've been swamped so it has taken me a while to get around to posting them. (I'm also trying to write a Team Foundation report to generate some of...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Team Foundation RC: HTTP Header SOAPAction errors

    Overnight last night we upgraded our dogfood server to the latest build of Team Foundation prior to our upcoming Release Candidate. The upgrade went pretty smoothly and we're all back up and running this morning. However, users of old clients are hitting an issue which I though might be worth bringing...
  • Blog Post: More about the impact of clicking Send Error Report

    I blogged last week about how important it is to us for you to click "Send Error Report" when the Windows Error Reporting dialog boxes appear. It's probably changed now, but much to my amusement I discovered that yesterday if I simply typed "Send Error" into MSN Search or Google that my blog entry was...
  • Blog Post: Clicking "Send Error Report" really helps us make Team Foundation better

    I wanted to write a post to let folks know how useful it is to us when you choose to send us your error reports with Windows Error Reporting (also known affectionately as Dr. Watson ) and to encourage you to click "Send Error Report" when something goes wrong instead of opting for the quick "Don't Send...
  • Blog Post: More on friendly display names in Work Item Tracking

    Buck beat me to the punch in his blog post about our recent design change to support friendly names in Team Foundation Work Item Tracking. I've been meaning to blog about it for the last couple of weeks and hadn't found the time, so I'm glad that he has been able to pass on the detailed post that Brian...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 video giving the inside scoop on dogfooding Team Foundation Server

    Robert Scoble just put up a new video on Channel 9 that Eric Lee pulled together with Jeff Beehler , John Cunningham (dev lead on the Team System Developer Tools) and myself. It's a while since we recorded it now - I'd almost forgotten about it. We had a good time (mostly because Eric brought us Mexican...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Dogfood Stats - November

    Brian 's been gathering up his information again - so here are the latest updates in our dogfood usage as off 11/18. We've seen a very large growth in the total number of files on the system recently thanks to Jeff's recent checkins - and we've had a few new teams across Microsoft start using our...
  • Blog Post: 900,000 files on the Team Foundation dogfood server!

    Jeff Beehler was busy last night bringing a brand new Team System team's source code onto our dogfood server. A couple of folks experienced a temporary drop in performance while Jeff made a single checkin containing 40,000 files but he just sent mail around to say that the 250,000 new files have been...
  • Blog Post: Team System Song Translated!

    Earlier this week I posted a link to the hilarious Visual Studio Team System Song . To continue the amusement, JeffBe managed to track down the translation for me - it's fantastic. My favorite line has to be "Flower of hope ever so blossoming"... [Intro] Customer: “This doesn’t work. I want...
  • Blog Post: Reminder - Team Foundation Web Chat this morning (10/28) 9am PST

    I just thought I'd send out a quick reminder that we're doing a Team Foundation chat this morning in a couple of hours time - see you there! Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Beta 3 Public Chat Chat with members of the Team Foundation Server team. We'll be answering questions about...
  • Blog Post: Slow Team Foundation Project Creation or operation? Check your NIC settings

    We had a minor firestorm today as we saw major performance degredation trying to create new Team Projects on pretty speedy server configuration. We all panicked for a while until a few folks remembered we'd seen something like it before and checked the NIC settings... Basically when the NIC settings...
  • Blog Post: Howard wants feedback on his Scrum Work Item Type definitions for Team Foundation

    I mentioned yesterday that Howard van Rooijen is working on Team Foundation process templates for Scrum Methodologies. Today he has posted details of the Work Item Types - if you've used Scrum, I highly recommend that you take a look and give him some feedback about what he's chosen to put in the...
  • Blog Post: Joel has an alpha version of his Team Foundation Process Template Editor

    I just spotted this on Etienne's blog - Joel Semeniuk has announced that an alpha version of his VSTS Process Template Editor is now available on a GotDotNet workspace here . There are blog articles about customizing process templates by hand - and for simple tweaks, editing some of the XML is very...
  • Blog Post: Howard van Rooijen is working on a Scrum methodology for Team Foundation

    This looks really exciting. A lot of folks I know are working using Scrum methodologies (including folks here at Microsoft) so it's great to see the work that Howard is doing with Colin Bird , Stuart Preston , Susie Kablean to implement Scrum methodologies using Team System Full article here . ...
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