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

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Test Manager – Working Across Projects: Adding an Existing Test Case vs.Cloning/Copying

    You’ve probably noticed that for the most part, managing multiple test plans and test cases are more convenient when they’re part of the same Team Project in TFS/VSO.  For one thing, area paths and iteration paths just work much more cleanly. If you’re working across multiple Team Projects, though...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Online: Migrating from TFS on-premise

    We’ve been providing means to migrate your data from VSO to an in-premise TFS , but not the other way around.  Until now! We just announced a new integration service from OpsHub that allows you to migrate your data from your on-premise Team Foundation Server implementation to Visual Studio online...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 is Here!

    Yep, it’s here (maybe the timing had something to do with //Build?)! I’ll let you get all the tasty details via the official post , but here are my personal top highlights (and if you’re using VSO, you may have seen some of these already): Work Item Tagging updates Work Item Tagging allows users to further...
  • Blog Post: Denver Event: Professional Scrum Development with Visual Studio

    Delivered by Accentient When: Friday, 11 April 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (MDT) Where: Microsoft 7595 Technology Way Suite 400 Denver, Colorado 80237 Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/professional-scrum-development-with-visual-studio-tickets-10727705857 Scrum is the #1 framework chosen by Agile...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Boise! The Quality Enablement Roadshow is Coming to You..

    The Quality Enablement through Agile Testing roadshow has been extended to make a stop in Boise! Producing high quality software , closely aligned with the constantly changing requirements of business stakeholders is more important than ever. Especially in an Agile development setting, every team member...
  • Blog Post: Power Tools and other Extensions for VS/TFS 2013 RC

    You may not have noticed, but last week a number of extensions were released to the Visual Studio Gallery to support VS/TFS 2013 RC: Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Build Extensions Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Denver: FREE TFS Training Workshop from Aspenware

    “Okay, I have TFS.. Now what?” If you or anyone in your organization has asked that question, this free training from Aspenware may be your answer! Check out the training page on their site for full details , but here are the basics: Part 1: Thursday September 19, 11:30AM-4PM Part 2: Wednesday September...
  • Blog Post: Better Multi-User Support for Work Item Tracking in TFS 2012

    Consider this scenario: User A opens a work item (and keeps it open) User B opens the same work item, makes a change, and saves it. User A (with work item still open), decides to make a change. In Team Foundation Server 2010 (and previous releases for that matter), support for multiple users editing...
  • Blog Post: Event Series: Why Requirements Still Matter

      In the world of Scrum or Agile, do requirements really still matter that much? Well, if you want to compete in the world of the modern application, absolutely! In fact, they matter more than ever. Shorter release cycles mean that typical impediments to value delivery impact the application lifecycle...
  • Blog Post: Finding What’s Out of Date In your Workspace

    A couple of customers have asked me about this in the past couple of weeks:  “How can I tell in my workspace, how far out of date are my files?” TFS knows if your file is out-of-date and will tell you simply by showing you a “No” in the Latest column in Source Control Explorer: But what if you want...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Update 2 is here (well, the CTP is)

    If you’re one of the lucky ones to be attending the ALM Summit this week (I’m not), you’ve been able to experience first-hand the bevy of announcements made concerning Visual Studio Update 2 .  An evaluation CTP (read: Not supported, not “go live”) has been dropped and is ready for feedback. Brian...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server vs. Team Foundation Service

    You’ve probably found a few comparisons on the interwebs comparing the “traditional”, on-premise TFS with the new cloud-hosted Team Foundation Service .  I get asked about this a lot – as a result, I thought I’d share the slide deck I used to drive this conversation.  Please let me know if...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Visual Studio 2012 ALM Webcasts from Imaginet

      Imaginet is thrilled to provide you with exclusive invitations to our Winter Webcast Series covering a variety of new topics on Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2012 ALM Tools. This is your exclusive opportunity to gain incredible insights, learn new skills, and understand how to best leverage some incredible...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service is Live!

    That’s right!  FKA TFS Preview has graduated to a fully-released service! For a graduation present, the official URL has been updated to http://tfs.visualstudio.com . TFS Preview will continue as a valid URL for a little while longer, but now that “TFS in the Cloud” is officially online and available...
  • Blog Post: VS/TFS 2012 Tidbits: TFS Feedback Management Behind the Scenes

    In this post, I’m going to take a closer look at how the new Feedback capabilities in TFS 2012 works under the covers. In general, TFS users can request “feedback” from stakeholders about particular elements/areas of an application.  This can be either specific or general scenarios.  TFS manages...
  • Blog Post: VS/TFS 2012 Tidbits: Using SkyDrive/OneDrive with Team Foundation Service (or Server)

    April 2014 Updates: SkyDrive is now OneDrive Team Foundation Service is now Visual Studio Online Team Foundation Server has always had a great integration with SharePoint by allowing organizations to leverage the goodness of SharePoint’s web parts and document libraries. TFS can...
  • Blog Post: VS/TFS 2012 Tidbits: When to Use the Feedback Client

    As the Visual Studio family of products (Visual Studio, TFS, Test Professional) nears its 2012 release, I thought I’d bring some short hits – tidbits, if you will – to my blog. Some of these are pretty obvious (well-documented, or much-discussed), but some may be less obvious than you’d think. Either...
  • Blog Post: VS 2012 ALM Tidbits: The Feedback Client’s Two Modes

    As the Visual Studio family of products (Visual Studio, TFS, Test Professional) nears its 2012 release, I thought I’d bring some short hits – tidbits, if you will – to my blog. Some of these are pretty obvious (well-documented, or much-discussed), but some may be less obvious than you’d think. Either...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Visual Studio ALM is a leader in the the Gartner Magic Quadrant

    The brilliant minds at Gartner have positioned Microsoft in the “leader” quadrant for Application Lifecycle Management, in their June 5th, 2012 publication, “Magic Quadrant for Application Life Cycle Management”   (available for 12 months following publication) . Their evaluation was based on Visual...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts on Managing Documentation Efforts in Team Foundation Server

    I’ve met with several customers over the last few months who either are, or are looking to, manage their documentation efforts in Team Foundation Server.  There’s not much guidance or documentation about the best way to do that.  Now my blog is hardly a repository of impactful information;...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Free Webinars and Workshops from Imaginet

    Check out these upcoming web-based learning opportunities from Imaginet ! These training events are completely free .  To register, simply click on a date below. A View into Microsoft's New ALM Features and Tools As more is known and released about the next release of Visual Studio and related tools...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Events & Webcasts for You

    Northwest Cadence is on the move with a slew of great webinars and live events over the next few weeks. Take a peek below and see what grabs you! Webinars Double Feature: Test Professional; Intellitrace and Test Impact Analysis Webinar January 27 th , 9:30AM – 11:30AM Free Event...
  • Blog Post: Event: Practical Team Foundation Server

    If you’re in SoCal somewhere, you may want to take advantage of this FREE “quick start” event, offered by HarborObjects . For registration and additional details, visit their events page , but below is a teaser of what you’ll learn during this event: The goal of this training is to quickly bring you...
  • Blog Post: Adding Members to Your Project Collection on TFS Preview

    TFS Preview is just that – a preview.  So things may not be where you’d think they are, especially if you’re used to the current version of Team Foundation Server. I was recently asked (twice), “Okay, so I’ve got my account and project collection established, how do I get more people added to the...
  • Blog Post: “Fake” a TFS Build (or Create a Build That Doesn’t Do Anything)

    Team Foundation Server’s build system serves as the “heartbeat” for your development lifecycle.  It automatically creates relationships between code changes, work items, reports, and test plans. But once in a while I’m asked, “What if we don’t use TFS Build for building our application, but we still...
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