Rob Caron

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  • Blog Post: Follow Team System on Twitter

    You can now follow Team System on Twitter: http://twitter.com/microsoftvsts 1373
  • Blog Post: Free Webinar on Managing a Multi-Team Project in Visual Studio Team System

    I used to get questions about using Team System to manage multiple teams working on the same project. Next month (10/16), NetObjectives is holding a webinar ( Webinar: Managing a Multiple Team Project in Visual Studio Team System ) on that very topic: Webinar: Managing a Multiple Team Project in Visual...
  • Blog Post: Mickey Gousset - Visual Studio Magazine Online

    My friend and Team System MVP, Mickey Gousset of Notion Solutions , is now co-authoring with Jeff Levinson the "Inside VSTS" column for Visual Studio Magazine Online. Congratulations, Mickey! I would like to introduce everyone to a new author for this column -- Mickey Gousset. Mickey is a fellow Team...
  • Blog Post: Team System Preconference Course at PDC 2008

    If you're new to Team System, or if you're ready to use Team Foundation Server for more than version control, you should consider attending the Team System preconference course taught by Brian Randell at PDC 2008: Get More Out of Visual Studio Team System 2008 . Brian has been in and around Team System...
  • Blog Post: Can Process Improvement and ALM Really Improve Your Business?

    Andrew Cook just tipped me to this webcast coming later this month. It's always refreshing to see a webcast presented by someone outside of Microsoft. It feels less like an echo chamber, and I'm more likely to hear something I haven't already heard. I'm registered. The term Application Lifecycle Management...
  • Blog Post: APLN Seattle Leadership Summit - July 17 and 18

    If you're going to be in the Seattle area next month, or need a reason to be, consider attending the APLN Seattle Leadership Summit at the Edgewater Hotel on July 17 & 18. The theme this year is, “Advancing the Agile Enterprise.” The APLN Leadership Summit include the exploration of agile...
  • Blog Post: Updated: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison (v1.04)

    Okay, another update (v1.04) to the Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison is now available {NOTE: This product comparison is no longer available on the Visual Studio site}. In this revision, I updated the Code Quality Tools section to better reflect the testing features that are now available in Visual...
  • Blog Post: New Team System Blogfather!

    Charles Sterling , who spent most of this decade in Australia as a developer evangelist, recently moved back to Redmond. He's now on the Team System team working full-time on the kinds of things I did in my spare time when I was there. As he rapidly ramps up his activity in the Team System area, I'm...
  • Blog Post: Updated: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison Guide

    The first major revision of the Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison Guide is live. Here's where you can find it: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison . {NOTE: This product comparison is no longer available on the Visual Studio site.} Here are some downloadable versions (DOCX/XPS/PDF): Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Global Bank: A Scenario for Visual Studio Team System 2008

    The final article of the Global Bank: A Scenario for Visual Studio Team System 2008 series is now available. From the overview: Are you wondering what you can do in Visual Studio Team System 2008 that you couldn’t do before? We’ve created a series of articles to show you. In this series, we'll explore...
  • Blog Post: More Team System User Education on Scenario Topics

    Head over to the Team System User Education blog to get a look at a sample of what David Chesnut is calling scenario topics (from an earlier post: Team System User Education on Scenario Topics ), and be sure to give him some feedback with your thoughts. Sample Help File for Scenario Topics If you have...
  • Blog Post: New Web Site: Microsoft Tester Center

    Today, we launched a new site on MSDN - the Microsoft Tester Center ! The Microsoft Tester Center showcases the test discipline as an integral part of the application lifecycle, describes test roles and responsibilities, and promotes the test investments required to deliver high-quality software...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Resource Center

    Deitel.com just launched a Visual Studio Team System Resource Center . You may be familiar with many of their other resource centers, or one of their many programming textbooks. If you don't already, you should subscribe to their newsletter to keep up on all of the stuff they're doing. Welcome to the...
  • Blog Post: Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server

    The final release of Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server is now available for download from CodePlex ! I'm really, really excited about this guide. Any team that is adopting Team Foundation Server (or is wisely considering to do so) should read this guide. Enjoy. 1330
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Code Name "Rosario" August CTP VPC Instructions

    The August CTP is now available for Visual Studio Team System code name "Rosario." For those who skidded right on past the instructions on the download page, here they are again: To install, follow these instructions in the exact order shown. Download and install Virtual PC 2004 SP1 (or Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Overview White Paper

    If you'd like an overview of what you'll find in Visual Studio 2008, you should download a copy of the following white paper, which was updated for the Beta 2 release. It is available as a Word document, PDF, or XPS. This white paper provides an overview of Visual Studio 2008 and how it delivers...
  • Blog Post: Using Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 VPCs

    I know how it is. You find the download page you're seeking and you immediately scan the page to find the cherished Download button. For this reason, I always advise teams not to rely on download page content to ensure customer success with the download. As a case in point, if you downloaded one of the...
  • Blog Post: A Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Studio 2008, Part I

    When you download and install Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, you may notice that some of the product names have changed for this release. On the Help menu in Team Suite, click About and you'll find that many of the products in Team System have a new name. Since we released Visual Studio 2005, we’ve heard...
  • Blog Post: Tracking Team System

    If you haven't realized it by now, my blog isn't tracking Team System as closely as it once did. If you're seeking a Microsoft blog that tracks it across the board, I highly recommend adding Jeff Beehler's blog to your favorite reader. And if you haven't been following his blog already, you've missed...
  • Blog Post: .NET Rocks! Panel Discussion on Team System

    At TechEd 2007 in Orlando, Richard Campbell & Carl Franklin of .NET Rocks! hosted a panel discussion with Mike Azocar, Steven Borg, Joel Semeniuk, and Doug Seven on Visual Studio Team System, which is now available online for download. .NET Rocks! #250 - Team System Panel from TechEd 2007 It was...
  • Blog Post: Team System User Education on Scenario Topics

    Take a look at a proposal ( Visual Studio Team System User Education : Scenario Topics ) from David Chesnut of the Team System User Education Team that looks to replace the current orientation-style topics found in the product documentation with something a bit more useful. As always, your feedback is...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Team System How Do I...? Videos

    We're launching a new series of Team System instructional videos on MSDN: Get videos designed for Visual Studio Team System. Learn about how organizations can ensure greater predictability and quality early and often throughout the development process. Source: "How Do I?" Videos for Visual Studio Team...
  • Blog Post: eScrum Update: ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit Version Conflicts

    For those who have experienced any problems getting eScrum ( Now Available: Microsoft eScrum Version 1.0 ) installed and working due to ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit version conflicts: Since you can't download previous versions of the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit, and eScrum is compiled with a specific...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Microsoft eScrum Version 1.0

    If you're looking for another Scrum template to try with Team Foundation Server, consider using eScrum , which is an implementation of Scrum that's used internally by some teams within Microsoft: eScrum is a Web-based, end-to-end project management tool for Scrum built on the Microsoft Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: SnagIt Output for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System

    I recently acquired a copy of TechSmith SnagIt and just learned that they have an output for creating a new work item in Team Foundation Server, or updating an existing one, directly from SnagIt. This should make it relatively painless to include screen captures for bugs, requirements and other work...
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