Steve Lange @ Work

Steve Lange's thoughts on application lifecycle management, Visual Studio, and Team Foundation Server

September, 2011

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    Partner Event: Double Feature - Testing and ALM for Agile Development

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    Northwest Cadence and Microsoft are teaming up to bring you this free event!

    During this seminar, we will cover two Agile topics, tying together testing and ALM inside an agile team. First, we will start with testing, highlighting the tools and techniques that can enable an agile test team that works tightly with the developers. Then we will broaden our vision to explore agility across the entire team. We will not only highlight the Visual Studio tools that can help you get to agility, we will directly address the difficult challenges teams have when adopting agile or lean principles. We will provide tips, tricks and cautions; case studies; and the key foundational reasons agile and lean techniques can work for your organization.


    Morning Session: Agile Testing
    10am – 12pm

    • During this portion of the seminar, you will learn how to:
    • Reduce development time through increased communication
    • Integrate testing into the development process
    • Minimize the cost of tracking, fixing, reproducing Bugs
    • Eliminate the pain of requirements management
    • Reduce repetitive work through Test Automation and manually creating Test Environments
    • Eliminate the guess work out of your software quality

    Afternoon Session: Agile ALM
    12:30pm – 4:30pm
    Agile methods have changed how the software industry creates applications. New best practices have emerged to embrace a faster team-based approach to the challenges inherent in software delivery. Every aspect of application development - requirements, estimation, development, test, and deployment - benefits from new ideas and techniques.

    This seminar will help you understand how to lead software projects and move your team onto agile methods for greater productivity and higher quality applications. It will define the domain and terminology, methods for managing the effort, and how roles have changed across the team in the agile world.

    For the already agile, here’s the User Story for the training: "As a leader or team member in the enterprise software development process, I want to leverage a small number of key techniques and principles to dramatically and measurably improve my development practices, so that my organization can deliver more customer value, at faster intervals, to my customers."

    At the end of the event we will provide a quick walk through of what’s coming in Visual Studio vNext!

    I hope you can make it!  All you have to do is register:

    11/8 Anchorage, AK
    11/9 Bellevue, WA
    11/29 San Diego, CA

    For questions about this event series, contact Rick Flath at Northwest Cadence.

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    Windows Phone WEB Marketplace is Live

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    If you haven’t already noticed, the web marketplace for Windows Phone is now online and available.  Now you can browse all the apps available for your phone and purchase (if they’re not free) them online – purchases will simply be charged against the credit card already linked to your Windows Live ID.  The marketplace will then send you a text or email containing a link to your acquired application for you to directly download and install.  Simple!

    Marketplace screenshot

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    Coming Soon – Windows Phone Camp!

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    Windows Phone - Put people first.Fun, Free and For All

    A free, full day event chock-full of everything you need to know to develop a Windows Phone application. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or just getting started with .NET development this full-day event is for you. Interested in profit? We'll also lead discussions on how to monetize your applications and generate profits with your apps.

    Don't miss the new Windows Phone 7.5 (codename "Mango") features as well - with detailed sessions in the afternoon around Fast Application Switching, Multitasking, Live Tiles, Push Notifications, and more.

    The day will be capped with an open lab hands-on session and prizes for apps completed. This is the perfect opportunity to begin work on your dream application, or finish that app you've already started, with Windows Phone experts there to guide you every step of the way. Bring your own laptop to join in the fun and show off your killer app!

    Agenda

    8:00 AM

         

    Arrival & Registration

    9:00 AM

     

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    Windows Phone 7.5 Overview for Developers

    9:45 AM

     

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    Building Windows Phone 7.5 Applications with Visual Studio

    10:45 AM

         

    Break

    11:00 AM

     

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    Building Windows Phone 7.5 Applications with Silverlight

    12:00 PM

         

    Lunch

    12:45 PM

     

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    Windows Phone 7.5 Fast Application Switching, Tombstoning, and Multitasking

    1:45 PM

         

    Break

    2:00 PM

     

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    Live Tiles and Push Notifications

    3:00 PM

         

    Monetizing a Windows Phone 7.5 Application

    3:30 PM

     

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    Build Your App or Work on a Hands-On Lab

    5:00 PM

     

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    Be What's Next > Event Closing & Raffle

    Register today! Simply select the event location below you want to attend and register from there!

    Event Locations
    10/13 – Costa Mesa, CA
    11/03 – Phoenix, AZ
    11/05 – Denver, CO
    11/10 – Santa Monica, CA
    11/12 – San Diego, CA
    11/19 – San Francisco, CA
    11/29 – Redmond, WA
    12/01 – Portland, OR
    Events run from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Prerequisites
    Bring a notebook computer and identification. Also check out the APP HUB where you can get developer tools, learn about application features, understand common task for Apps and register and load your APP.
    Windows Phone - Put people first.
    Your chance to win*
    Don't miss a chance to win your very own Windows Phone (ARV $500) – plus many other cool prizes. No purchase necessary, but you must be present to win.

    Notes:
    This event is brought to you by Microsoft and is free of charge. However, you are responsible for booking and paying for your own travel and accommodations.

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