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  • Blog Post: Why moving work offshore fails

    Not to say that all offshore projects fail, I have both been a contributor and leader in projects that have been a great success and those that have been complete failures. Each project had its own reasons for failing and were defined by the business (e.g. why are you sending it offshore to begin with...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server Power Tools (tfpt) 1.2 Released

    Today the Team Foundation Server team announced the release of version 1.2 of Team Foundation Power Tools (formally known as Power Toys). What are the Power Toys you say? They're extra functionality delivered out of band for Team Foundation Server including some really useful stuff (get changes for changeset...
  • Blog Post: Getting my Sandcastle Team Build targets file to work with Sandcastle September CTP

    A few things before we get started: You will need the HTML Help Workshop installed September CTP of Sandcastle My September CTP Sandcastle Targets File (attached) This file needs to be copied to your %programfiles%\MSBuild directory Next you will need to make some modifications to the...
  • Blog Post: Reusable MSBuild Sandcastle Targets File

    Based on a past post, I have an external targets file you can place in your $(MSBuildExtensionsPath) folder (attached in zip). You can call it like this: < Import Project = " $(MSBuildExtensionsPath)\Sandcastle.targets " /> < Target Name = " AfterCompile " > < CallTarget RunEachTargetSeparately...
  • Blog Post: Using Sandcastle August CTP and MSBuild to produce CHM documentation automatically

    First, we created a cmd file to do the build for us. Syntax for calling the file is Build.cmd "PathToBinaries" "Name of the documentation" (more on this later) @echo off PUSHD %1 "%programfiles%\Sandcastle\ProductionTools\mrefbuilder.exe" *.dll /out:%~dp0\reflection.org /dep:%windir%\Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: I'm on Channel9!

    Yay! I'm on the front page of Channel9 with an interview about using Visual Studio Team System in MSIT's Legal group. Full link for your reference: http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=220125
  • Blog Post: Key Design Scenarios with Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server - System, Application, Resource Reuse

    In order to effectively execute an IT strategy a roadmap must be created to contain and identify what common areas exist for the business' solution that could be leveraged by other systems in the enterprise or organization; or which capabilities the solution can leverage. Typically architects will...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Feature Requests

    I find it difficult to manage many Shared Queries in the work item tracker of VSTF. Sometimes I want to save my ad-hoc query for distribution to a small set of people (maybe just a peer even), but find no way to really make that easy except for sharing the query with the entire team. Even there, you...
  • Blog Post: Key Design Scenarios with Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server

    First I want to start out with some observations: The Business expects IT to provide a technology advantage with the right capabilities at the right price at the right time A business strategy alone is not sufficient for IT planning Business rarely asks for IT infrastructure capabilities Every business...
  • Blog Post: Strategic Architecture solutions are a way of thinking

    Expanding on my previous post on accountability , fostering alignment across the enterprise is really driven from multiple angles: market opportunity, technology opportunity, capability and business operations--all which create a business strategy. In that are 5 main tenets: effectiveness, competitiveness...
  • Blog Post: Driving Accountability with VSTF

    I used to work with a developer, an agile methodology evangelist, who would often tell me stories about agile methodologies applied to industries other than information technology. In a specific instance, I recall him telling me a story about a Japanese auto factory that implemented the LEAN methodology...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server MSSCCI Provider

    Version 1.0 of the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server MSSCCI Provider has been released to the web ! This is very exciting for me--the MSSCCI provider allows the integrated use of the new version control system available in Team Foundation Server from products that did not support it OOB such as: ...
  • Blog Post: Improving Team Foundation Server performance

    Buck Hodges has a post in his blog outlining various tips for improving performance on Verifying LAN settings are correct Not running tf.exe on the app tier Batching TF.exe requests in a command file http://blogs.msdn.com/buckh/archive/2005/12/12/503015.aspx Tim Noonan has also provided some...
  • Blog Post: The Differences between TFS Trial and RTM

    I received a comment on my blog asking about the differences between TFS Trial and RTM. Here are some highlights: Bits are 99.99% identical Trial has the same process guidance version of MSF (4.0), however, there are some known issues that exist with broken links in the Trial version of TFS...
  • Blog Post: Some Helpful Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server books

    Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System (Out May 17) Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System is written for a software team that is considering running a software project using Visual Studio Team System (VSTS). It is about the “why” of VSTS: its guiding...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server MSF Development Process Downloads Available

    The packages for MSF for Agile Software Development Process Guidance and MSF for CMMI Process Improvement have just been posted to the Microsoft Download Center. These processes are in use by Team Foundation Server and are available for free download. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: SCRUM agile development methodology process template for Team Foundation Server

    Conchango has released a process template add-in for Team Foundation Server. It's free and gives you work item templates and nifty reports. More information on Thom Robbin's and Rob Caron's blogs SCRUM add-in download: http://www.scrumforteamsystem.com/en/default.aspx
  • Blog Post: DSL Tools version of VSTS Work Item Type Designer

    Darren Jefford  has just published a post describing his tool to graphically edit Work Item Types in Team Foundation Server utilizing the VSIP add-in Domain Specific Languages (DSL).   http://blogs.msdn.com/darrenj/archive/2006/03/20/555821.aspx  for additional information about the tool, http...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server has RTM'd

    There has been much excitement over the RTM of TFS, however, you cannot buy a pretty boxed copy as of yet. You can, however, download a 180 trial of team foundation server along with Visual Studio 2005 to evaluate the tool for your company, or you can order the Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite trial which...
  • Blog Post: What I am looking for in a command-line work item tracking tool

    John Lawrence asked in his blog entry " What features would you like for a command line work item tracking tool? " I use a custom tool i've built now to help with tracking progress against work items defined in project server. Since I can delegate tasks easily from VSTS, I like to use that, but...
  • Blog Post: Undo checkout or lock by another user

    Scenario: Another user has locked a file for checkout, but is no longer available to check the file back in and now you need that file.   Unlocking the file   First you will need to get a list of the workspaces for that user. This can be done with administrative rights from the command line as...
  • Blog Post: Resolving The identity DOMAIN\Username is not a recognized identity error message on check in

    Some information is out on the web about a bug that exists when creating a project that results in an error message similar to "The identity [Project Name]\Project Administrators is not a recognized identity" (to resolve that issue see James Manning's blog entry: http://blogs.msdn.com/jmanning/archive...
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