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  • Blog Post: Video of My Last Iteration Planning Meeting with CodePlex

    Right before I left CodePlex, I filmed my last Iteration Planning Meeting with the team to give you a bird’s eye view into the day in the life of an Agile Program Manager. I did this because last year at the MVP 09 Summit, I invited MVPs to sit in on our IPM. They said they greatly enjoyed watching how...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex banner does Who Dat Chant at Greater New Orleans .NET User Group

    On Wednesday night, I spoke at the Greater New Orleans .NET User Group http://www.gnonug.org/ . Thanks to George Mauer for organizing and to our sponsor Antares Technology Solutions for organizing dinner. I was very happy with the turnout, considering the construction, the Krewe of Thor parade, a fatality...
  • Blog Post: Who Dat Nation Invades Microsoft’s Channel 9

    I’m sitting here in the Memphis airport at the terminal gate for New Orleans. Having gone 17 weeks without seeing a single Saints fan, you’d think each person wearing a Fleur de Lis football jersey was a long lost family member of mine, as I run up to them hugging them screaming Who Dat as if it were...
  • Blog Post: How Agile Works – My Program Manager Cheat Sheet

    While cleaning out my office in preparation for my big move to California, I ran across my Agile Program Manager “cheat sheet.” I had to laugh because as I reviewed the document, i thought to myself “This makes so much sense. How did i never get this before?” When I first joined CodePlex, I was going...
  • Blog Post: Saying Farewell to CodePlex

    In January 2006, nearly 4 years ago to the day, I created my first account on CodePlex, when the site was still in internal-only alpha preview. A the time, I was the Program Manager for the Visual Studio Power Toys, where my team created the 5 th , 6 th , and 9 th projects on CodePlex before it went...
  • Blog Post: First Mercurial project on CodePlex

    http://mymercurialproject.codeplex.com Read our announcement: http://blogs.msdn.com/codeplex/archive/2010/01/22/codeplex-now-supporting-native-mercurial.aspx Check out our step-by-step walkthrough: http://blogs.msdn.com/codeplex/archive/2010/01/22/using-mercurial-on-codeplex.aspx More info coming soon...
  • Blog Post: My 3 part series on Agile Program Management on Port 25

    In a follow up to my original post on how I learned to program manage an agile team , I’ve put together a 3 part series on how to be an Agile Program Manager over on Port 25 . Part 1 – the Agile Program Management Lifecycle w/ a real world example from a CodePlex feature ste Part 2 – Course Correction...
  • Blog Post: My CodePlex Jump from tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere – The Full Video

    Just like the kiwi bird down here in New Zealand, I proved that I too am flightless. The 7 minute video explains it all. You can find this full version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcc4KRrZpI0 Or watch just the jump from the ground looking up at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKvQLb2UKXg Special...
  • Blog Post: My return to Channel 9 (CodePlex Interview)

    The Channel 9 team recently met with me to discuss “The State of the CodePlex” as I like to call it. It was a quick chat about where CodePlex has been and where the site is heading. Link to video: http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/NicFill/A-chat-with-Sara-Ford-CodePlex-turns-3-reaches-10000-projects I think...
  • Blog Post: It’s official: A koala is not a koala “bear”

    According to the incredibly awesome Catherine Eibner , I’m going to TechEd Australia!! And I found this out on the same day that I donated the last of my advance on my book royalties, bringing the Save Waveland Scholarship Fund to $29,008.34 cents. Thank you everyone for voting to get me down to...
  • Blog Post: OSCON 2009: One of the greatest weeks in my Microsoft Career

    Yep, it’s a bold statement to make, but I like to live life in capital letters. Last week at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention was truly epic. The Community Leadership Summit + OSCON 2009 epitomized everything I’ve ever wanted to do in community as a Microsoft employee. I didn’t realize how special...
  • Blog Post: Please sign the official “Bring Sara Ford to TechEd Australia” petition!

    Petition is here: http://twtpoll.com/iuz95p and closes Aug 5. When I was 3 years old, I invented the “Koala bear game.” You hide the Koala bear behind your back, then run up to the adults asking them “guess what i’ve got behind my back?” I played night after night after night, until I discovered this...
  • Blog Post: Community Leadership Summit Trip Report

    Jono Bacon , the community manager for the global Ubuntu community, organized the first Community Leadership Summit for community managers to come together and share ideas. I loved the fact it was run as an unconference or open space. I get so much more high quality information from open spaces than...
  • Blog Post: Open Source Bridge 2009 Trip Report

    Last week, I attended the Open Source Bridge conference in Portland. It’s a volunteer-run conference that came about because OSCON moved to San Jose this year. They had a great turnout and the organizers did an amazing job, especially for a first time, volunteer conference. I was most impressed with...
  • Blog Post: How to view stats for the entire lifetime of a CodePlex project - #043

    If this tip comes as a surprise to anyone, please let me know, as we have a major usability issue on our hands =D For any CodePlex project, you can go to the stats tab, and select “project lifetime” And you can get total traffic summary info at the bottom. i was going to play the game “who can guess...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex - Free as in Beer

    Last week, I spoke at Microsoft DevDays 2009 in The Netherlands. After the conference, I was able to do a little sightseeing in Amsterdam on my own, which included buying a small souvenir from the Heineken Plant , a CodePlex labeled Heineken bottle. The conference was held at The Hague (which btw is...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2009 – Embrace Open Source on CodePlex (DPR301)

    I’m at TechEd 2009 presenting on CodePlex – from how to consume and contribute to open source software using the CodePlex feature set, to how we use agile development to deploy every 3 weeks. All sessions will be available 24 hours after the talk. Stay tuned on Thursday for the link. Your Challenge I...
  • Blog Post: There is a “Are you sure you want to navigate away?” alert when editing your wiki? - #018

    It can be really easy to navigate away from your unsaved wiki edits, especially if you’re looking for a particular page or release to link to. Because of this, we’ve added a “Are you sure you want to navigate away?” alert whenever we detect you’re leaving the page. We’re hoping this will help prevent...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex Tips Gadget

    Ever since I joined the CodePlex team, I’ve wanted to learn something web developer-ish. At long last, I was finally able to make the time to start learning CSS and Javascript by writing the CodePlex Tips Gadget and by re-skinning the CodePlex Team blog. ( http://blogs.msdn.com/codeplex ). The gadget...
  • Blog Post: How to edit a project’s homepage / wiki? - #008

    A better question is who should be able to edit the project’s wiki? Sneak peek below at new designs below. But, first things first. If you are signed-in as a member of the project (project owner, coordinator, or developer), you’ll find the Edit link appear appear on the Wiki navigation. Based on feedback...
  • Blog Post: How to add related projects to your project homepage - #007

    We offer a section on a CodePlex project homepage to list related projects at the bottom of the right-nav bar. Go to the Edit Project Summary & Details page to list your related projects. Technorati Tags: CodePlexTips
  • Blog Post: How to exclude project member site traffic in the Stats tab – #006

    No April Fool’s jokes this year. Sorry. By default, we include all site traffic in the Stats page. If you want only user traffic recorded in your Stats page, you can uncheck the follow option from Edit Project Summary & Details: Technorati Tags: CodePlexTips
  • Blog Post: How to enable / disable the discussion tab - #005

    Also on the Edit Project Summary & Details page, you will see the option Show Discussion Tab? This is only to be used for projects that have pre-existing discussion boards living somewhere else. We highly recommend that you keep this feature enabled so your users can easily give you feedback. Otherwise...
  • Blog Post: How to customize how your logo appears on your project’s banner - #004

    On the Edit Project Summary & Details page, there are five different ways you can display your project’s logo, as illustrated below. Project title only Logo only Logo with title on right bottom Logo with title in right center Logo with title below Technorati Tags: CodePlexTips
  • Blog Post: You can rename the URL for your CodePlex project? - #003

    Under Edit Project Summary & Details, you can change the URL for your CodePlex project. And we will redirect from your old URL to your new URL. Note #1 – we only redirect from your original URL, in the case you rename the project multiple times. So you cannot have both myproj1 and myproj2 redirecting...
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