Office hours are back!
Aired during his keynote at CES:
..from Delta Airlines. At least someone understands the kinds of things that frequent travelers have to endure!
Here's a sample:
All the videos are posted here, or you can also see them on Delta's blog site.
March 18th – User Experience 101 – What it is; What it does; and Why it matters, presented by Gordon Montgomery
Neudesic’s User Experience Practice extends the reach, power and ultimate success of technology solutions. See and learn how you can quickly and easily leverage user research, interaction modeling, creative design and usability testing to optimize your own customers’ current software and web-based solutions.
We will examine the key disciplines of user experience including:
See the recorded version here, User Experience 101 – What It Is, What It Does, and Why It Matters | Gordon Montgomery - Principal Consultant, Neudesic (Mar. 18, 2008)
View Webcast Recording (Microsoft Live Meeting 8 Playback)
April 15th – Kick-Starting Microsoft’s Hosted CRM Solution with NeuLive, Presented by Darren Gooding and Travis Pullen
Neudesic invites you to join them as they introduce NeuLive, the quick start implementation for Microsoft’s new HOSTED relationship management solution. We’ll show you how quick and easy it is to get your configured system up and running, and on your way to achieving your business goals. Discover all the new features to help you streamline your customer relationship management including: rapid deployment, simplified workflow and up-to-the minute reporting.
Watch as Neudesic transforms your off the shelf Microsoft Dynamics CRM system into a vertically tailored solution in minutes.
Kick-Starting Microsoft’s Hosted CRM Solution with NeuLive Webinar Tues., Apr. 15, 2008 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time
May 20th – Introducing the ABCs of WCF, Presented by Rick Garibay
This session will provide an introduction to Service Orientated Architecture along with the fundamentals of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), the premier framework for building service oriented applications in .NET 3.0 and .NET 3.5. The WCF API unifies messaging, ASMX Web Services, .NET Remoting and COM+ Enterprise Services into a single programming model that makes true service orientation tenable.
Content, code samples and live demos will be provided to build a foundational understanding on SOA and familiarize the audience with the core concepts and techniques of WCF.
Introducing the ABCs of WCF Webinar Tues., May 20, 2008 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time
June 17th – Silverlight: Enabling Your Next Generation Web-Experience, Presented by Rich Weston
Silverlight Webinar Tues., June 17, 2008 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time
Please contact Meghan Ryan (Marketing Coordinator, Neudesic) by phone at (877) 905-1905 or by email at email@example.com for more information, questions or to RSVP for any of these events.
Neudesic is a Microsoft National Systems Integrator and Gold Certified Partner with a proven track record of providing reliable, effective solutions based on Microsoft's technology platform. Please call or visit us on the web at www.neudesic.com to learn more about Neudesic's products and services.
May 22, 2008 | Denver, CO |Event ID: 1032374282
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 (VSTS) is an integrated Application Life-cycle Management (ALM) solution comprising tools, processes, and guidance to help everyone on the team improve their skills and work more effectively together. VSTS 2008 provides multi-disciplined team members with an integrated set of tools for architecture, design, development, database development, and testing of applications. Team members can continuously collaborate and utilize a complete set of tools and guidance at every step of the application lifecycle.
This one-day seminar will walk through VSTS 2008, highlighting new features that are available in the most recent release. Presentations will include demonstrations, best practices, and discussions on all four role-specific editions. We will also cover project management with Team Foundation Server (TFS), leveraging TFS source control, and new features such as integration with MOSS, and managing the build process with continuous integration. . During lunch, we will also have a discussion around the adoption of methodology within the enterprise including lessons and experience from customers that have been through that process.
Please join Microsoft and Neudesic, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for this one-day seminar. Thank you, we look forward to seeing you there!
Interactive seminar and demonstrations
To register, please visit http://msevents.microsoft.com/ and search on the event code listed below, or call 1.877.MSEVENT (1.877.673.8366).
Date: May 22, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
7595 Technology Way, Ste. 400 Denver, CO 80237 Phone: 720.528.1700 See map and/or driving directions
Registration Link: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032374282&Culture=en-US
Event ID: 1032374282
So I have one of the new Zunes - 8GB black one to be exact. I bought it a few months ago. About 3 weeks ago it just died.. dead in the water, no power, no button response, no reset/reboot, nothing. Great, now what? I decided to call the Zune support line to see if there was anything that could be done beside buying another one.
After answering a slew of questions (when did I buy it, where, did I drop it in water, etc.), I was actually told I could get it repaired or replaced by the Zune repair center. Good news, but how long would this take?
I'm happy to report that it really didn't take that long at all! I received a pre-paid FedEx box within a few days, put my dead Zune in and shipped it away, and just got it back this morning (it was a replacement). Total time: just over 2 weeks from the time I called support to the time I received a working Zune.
So if you run into the same problem I have, I highly recommend giving the support line a call. Just make sure to register your Zune online first (they'll do it for you over the phone, but will take longer).
I've dealt with appliance repair and cable service that's slower than that. Way to go, Zune guys!
Please join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what's new, problems you may be having, guidance for current projects or suggestions for the team going forward.
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April 9, 2008 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time Additional Time Zones
If you haven’t done so already, register to attend the Team System Big Event in your area, as we want to pack the house and space is filling up quickly!
If you’re not local enough to attend one of the venues, you’re in luck! We’ve decided to stream the Denver event (on April 22nd) live via Live Meeting.
It won’t be same as being there in person, but hey, it’s better than nothing!
Here are the details to sign up for the webcast version of the Big Event:
Again, we’d love to see you in person, but if you can’t make the journey…
Many of you asked for the slides from the Big Event in Denver. The slide decks from each session have been posted to on Slideshare.
The decks and been uploaded to my profile, but are also organized on a Slideshare event page, which can be found HERE.
Just a couple quick tips if you’re new to Slideshare.net:
Or, since I’m feeling like such a nice guy, below are links to the individual sessions:
Thanks again to all who attended. It was a very well-received event, and I hope we can make it even bigger and better next year!
I mentioned this was coming last week, and here it is!
Hey Denver, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City!
Agile methods are a set of development processes intended to create software in a lighter, faster, more people-centric way. Many development teams have adopted "agile" methodologies to manage change and to improve software quality. These methodologies promote continuous integration as a practice to build and test software products incrementally as new features are included, bugs are fixed, and code is refactored.
This one-day seminar will walk provide an overview of Agile Software Development, its principles, methods and values; highlighting of the most widely used, and simplest to apply Agile method known as "Scrum".
Please join Microsoft and Neudesic, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for this one-day seminar. Thank you, we look forward to seeing you there!
Introduction to Agile (What, Why) | Agile methods are fast becoming commonplace in software development practices for many organizations. However, they represent a significant paradigm shift in the way in which stakeholders and team members are engaged, projects are planned, manner in which the team reacts to change, and which teams work together. The session will provide an overview of Agile Software Development, its principles, methods and values. Participants will learn the reason why Agile Methods are gaining share in software projects and driving up ROI.
Scrum Essentials | Several methodologies live within the space known as "Agile Software Development". One of the most widely used, and simplest to apply Agile methods is known as "Scrum". This session teaches the essentials of how to use "Scrum" on projects, focusing on the techniques and practices that development teams require while working on an Agile / Scrum project. The session will provide the required practices, roles and rules of Scrum, and answer specific questions about how to apply Agile Methods (via Scrum) to projects. Participants will review how a product backlog is used to plan a sprint, and learn how to read project status through a sprint backlog and burn down chart.
Agile Planning and Estimation | Session teaches how to plan the scope and schedule of a Scrum project, focusing on hands-on project planning techniques for Agile teams. Requires familiarity with Agile software development (or prior attendance to the above sessions).
The following areas are discussed -- how to:
Team Foundation Server | See how Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server can support your team’s Scrum process to fully benefit from Scrum’s practices and rules. In this session we’ll discuss how you can use TFS to leverage the Scrum essentials learned in the earlier session.
C-Level Speaker | In this final session, we will hear a “real-world” example of how Scrum is successfully being used today in a development organization.
8:30 AM-9:00 AM
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12: 45 PM-1:45 PM
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2:45 PM-3:00 PM
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
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Here is all the registration info you need, based on which event you'd like to attend.
NOTE: The registration links can be a bit flaky sometimes, so if a direct click doesn't work, try copy/paste into your browser's address box.
I hope to attend all of these - it'd be great to see you there!
Sorry, I gotta put on my sales hat for a minute. In today’s economy, I want to make sure you get he biggest bang for your buck, not only with your existing investments, but any investments you’re looking to make.
Take a look at these deals below – I guarantee one of these will look appealing to you!
I hope to see some familiar faces, as well as some new ones, at this event! Times are tough, so how can you turn down FREE?
FREE Half-Day Seminar: "Writing Effective Business Use Cases" Tuesday, March 10, 2009 in Denver, CO
Ravenflow and Microsoft invite you to join us for a free half-day seminar. Writing use cases is an important part of any product development lifecycle. However, writing "good" use cases is not enough. Effective use cases are used as a basis for system and technical requirements, test plans, and user training. In this seminar, we will provide tips that will enable you to write effective use cases based on current best practices. We also show you how a properly written use case can easily be used in other phases of development. We will provide some tips for developing a process that will maximize the adoption of use cases and demonstrate how RAVEN can automate the use case writing process. Finally, we'll show you how requirements authored in RAVEN can be exported to Microsoft VSTS to be managed as work items.
Who Should Attend? Business analysts or anyone responsible for developing requirements
To register, fill out the form at this link: http://www.ravenflow.com/denverseminar/
Seminar Location and Hours Tuesday, March 10, 2009 8:30 a.m. – noon
Microsoft Office, Denver Tech Center 7595 Technology Way #400 Denver, CO 80237
Map & Directions
If you’ve ever wondered just how much effect a TFS proxy will have on your TFS performance, the article linked below might help give you some perspective.
I find this information to be very helpful when discussion TFS performance with customers. Some seem to feel that it’s imperative that a proxy be installed in their environment (this seems to be due to experience with past SCM systems (Rational) that virtually required their multi-site setup to be implemented for remote teams).
I highly encourage you to take a look at this article, which addresses the following points:
Here’s the article link: http://www.codeproject.com/KB/architecture/TFSProxyEfficiencyTesting.aspx
I've started playing around with PhotoSynth, and today I created my first synth. I'm not sure if I did it correctly or not, but I think it's cools to see how well it turned out my first time around:
MSDN Unleashed is making its second tour through Colorado at the end of this month (January).
Here’s what you can expect:
We will be providing overviews of some technologies first discussed at PDC, such as Windows Azure, C# 4.0 and ASP.NET 4.0. But we will not only be talking about the future. We will also discuss some recent releases that you can take advantage of now, including the WCF REST Starter Kit and the Silverlight Toolkit.
What to expect with C# 4.0
We will take a look at some of the new and exciting features that are being planned for the next release of C#. Some of the features that we will look at are dynamic lookup, the ability to program against fields, methods and types without C# static type checker and the new named and optional parameter support.
The Silverlight Control Toolkit
The Silverlight Toolkit is a collection of Silverlight controls, components and utilities made available outside the normal Silverlight release cycle. This 30 minute session will illustrate some of these new tools. The session will illustrate the use of the ImplicitStyleManager and the new themes to skin your applications, charting controls, the expander and more. This session is 100% demo-driven.
REST with WCF and the WCF REST Starter Kit
This session will provide a broad overview of REST support in WCF, including some key new features available in the recently released WCF REST Starter Kit. The session will begin with a theoretical discussion of what REST is. It will continue by illustrating WCF support for developing LO-REST and HI-REST APIs. This session will be largely demo driven, with specific demos demonstrating consuming LO-REST services being consumed by AJAX clients, as well as developing HI-REST services being consumed by Silverlight 2 clients. This session is 60% demo-driven.
This goal of this session is to provide a framework for understanding the Azure namespace. This namespace comprises Windows Azure (“The Cloud OS”), Live Services, .NET Services, SQL Data Services, and more. The session will begin with a discussion of the hi-level features of Windows Azure (“The Cloud OS”), including scalable storage, a rich developer experience, automated service management and service hosting. The session will then provide a high-level overview of the services available in Live Services and .NET Services. The session will conclude with a brief overview of SQL Data Services. This session will demonstrate the use of Azure Table Services, SQL Data Services and will illustrate the Developer Fabric.
Notion Solutions, one of our stellar partners in the Team System area, is hosting a series of webcasts. Free for anyone to attend, just register! Look at the schedule below and click on the date/time that will work for you..
Notion Solutions – Visual Studio Team System Webcast Series
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Overview
Team Foundation Server - 2008 Overview
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Developer Edition Overview
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Professional Edition Overview
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Tester Edition Overview
For Event descriptions and to sign up, just click on the date you want, and you will be directed to the correct link on Microsoft’s website. We can also be contacted at www.NotionSolutions.com
Have you ..
If you answered "Yes" to any of the above (or inserted your own!), then read on, this post is for you!
Since I moved to Colorado several months ago, I've met several wonderful, passionate VSTS users who have asked me about a VSTS User Group. The Denver VS User Group is enormously popular, and as a result there seem to be quite a few folks who would like to start something similar that focuses on Team System.
To be clear, this proposed group is not to replace or compete with the VS User Group, but rather to offer a complement which gives a larger voice to the VSTS community.
I'm envisioning either a monthly or bi-monthly meeting schedule, depending on demand, meeting in the evening. Ideally, I'd love to see at least 20 people at each meeting, and grow membership organically.
What does it take to get a user group started?
If you've ever met me or read this blog, you know how passionate I am about Visual Studio Team System. What I've found is that the more people use it, the more passionate they become as well. I'm not getting paid to start a user group, nor will I. I just honestly think it could be a powerful medium for Team System users around the area to further enrich their value, and meet other great people in the process!
Please let me know your thoughts either by leaving a comment to this post, or emailing me directly. I'm interested in hearing insight on feasibility, willingness to participate and/or present, ideal meeting schedules, etc.
MSDN Event - Silverlight 2.0, SQL Server 2008 and VSTO
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 1:00 PM - Tuesday, November 18, 2008 5:00 PM Mountain Time (US & Canada) Welcome Time: 12:30 PM
Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown
1750 Welton Street Denver Colorado 80202 United States
Join us for a 4 hour MSDN Event where we will cover 3 seperate sessions focusing on Silverlight 2.0, VSTO and SQL Server 2008.
Session #1: What’s New in SQL Server 2008 for Developers
SQL Server 2008 adds numerous new capabilities for developers – from support for Spatial Data types to a storage mechanism for SQL BLOB data using the NTFS file system, and much more. The new release also delivers several improvements to development-related areas, from T-SQL to SQLCLR to XML. This session will provide a technical dive into the latest and greatest features you’ll find in SQL Server 2008, while offering insight into how to effectively apply them to your upcoming development projects.
Session #2: Power up your Office applications with VSTO
In this session, we’ll focus on the power and productivity of Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO) – a .NET Smart Client technology. We’ll give you tips and tricks for designing and building smart client applications with VSTO, which allows you to create managed code applications with .NET languages including Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Visual C#. VSTO also makes it simple to manifest the functionality of those applications in the rich user interfaces of Microsoft Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio, Outlook and others from the Office stack. VSTO addresses some of the biggest challenges that Office solution developers are facing today, including separation of data and view elements, server-side and offline scenarios, seamless integration with the Visual Studio tools, deployment and updating. Join us for this eye-opening session and learn just how easy it is to build and deploy powerful applications with VSTO.
Session #3: Build next generation applications with Silverlight 2.0
Silverlight provides a powerful platform for building the next generation of rich interactive applications on the Internet. In this session, we’ll take a look at the programming model and tools that developers and designers can leverage to build these true next generation experiences for consumers and business, and demonstrate how to build a rich interactive application (RIA) using Silverlight and Microsoft .NET. We’ll explore how to use Microsoft Visual Studio to create applications, and how to create UI using XAML markup and code, controls, and File I/O. We’ll also discuss networking, how to retrieve data from a Web service, and various other aspects of building Silverlight applications.
I just got back from my Labor Day vacation, and what is half of my inbox filled with? "Hey, did you hear about Chrome?" "Have you installed Chrome yet?" "Should I try Chrome?"
Chrome is a new web browser just released in test form by Google, in case you hadn't heard already..
To all my friends, colleagues and customers asking me if I've played with Chrome yet, I'm going to wait for a while. There are some interesting reads out there about how secure Chrome is, as well as end-user agreement concerns. Below are some interesting posts that talk more about chrome, both good and bad.
It's official, Microsoft has "finally" solidified a modeling strategy and joined the Object Management Group (OMG) to add weight. (The OMG is a group that focuses on setting modeling and model-based standards.)
Read: eWeek's Article
To support Microsoft's forward direction the in modeling space, look for announcements about Oslo (MS new modeling platform) at PDC 2008.
This is a little late of a post for Albuquerque, but hopefully you can take advantage of other ones!
There is a series of FREE MSDN events touring around the region, called "MSDN Events Unleashed".
Topics will include:
Cities & Dates
Check out Rob Bagby's Blog for more details including registration here: http://tinyurl.com/3nocc7
Don't forget to visit the MSDN Events site. You can subscribe to RSS feeds that will inform you of upcoming events in your area.
We’re currently working on a consolidated event calendar/list/RSS feed for the Western US. Right now, there are several places you need to go to get a relatively comprehensive list of Microsoft events in your area, including MSDN Events, Technet Events, Microsoft Worldwide Events, and blogs (hopefully this one!).
Are there other places you look? Let me know! Our ultimate goal is to provide you a comprehensive listing of Microsoft happenings in a single location, ideally via RSS feed as well.
Send me mail or comment on this post below and let me know where else you look.
Yep, I’m serious. It’s coming to Phoenix on 6/5-6/6.
Check this out: http://blogs.msdn.com/jaimer/archive/2009/04/01/announcing-the-using-wpf-to-build-lob-applications-training-tour.aspx
Better Software Quality with Visual Studio Team System 2010
Please join Microsoft and Northwest Cadence for these free half-day sessions designed to introduce you to the quality tools of Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2010.
Learn how Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) coupled with ALM tooling will help organizations build quality into their lifecycle. Many of the great features of Visual Studio Team System 2010 will help you break down organizational walls between your developers and testers. Get better software with Visual Studio Team System 2010.
This event is geared towards both non-technical and technical testers, developers, project managers, QA managers, and others interested in improving the quality of your code.
Understanding the Visual Studio Team System Quality Tools
Tour the quality tools available in VSTS 2010, including Test Case Management, Bug Tracking, Test Cases and the new Microsoft Test and Lab Manager interface. See how VSTS 2010 can provide traceability from requirements to code, test runs, bugs, tested environments and code.
Running Test Cases & Filing Bugs
We will show you how to use the Test Runner to run manual tests against a particular test environment, take screenshots, and file a series of bugs. All this while automatically recording a video of your test being completed.
Fixing the Bug (Developer)
Learn how Historical Debugging is a new feature of VSTS 2010 that you will not want to miss! Learn how to reproduce filed bugs using Historical Debugging, enabling you to break down the biggest wall separating developers and testers.
Automating a Regression Test
Find out how to turn a manual test into an automated regression test. You can even schedule it to run during an automated build!
Creating a New Test Plan
During this session we will create a new test plan, showing you how to set up Data Collectors for the computers in your environment, define the various test environment combinations, and map relationships between test cases and requirements.
Rounding Out Your Knowledge
Understand the more advanced features of VSTS 2010 including Lab Manager, Test Controllers and Agents, and the numerous quality reports that can guide an effective development process.
Register for a date & location near you!
Welcome: 8:00 AM
Seminar: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Microsoft Partner Events: www.clicktoattend.com
Portland September 29, 2009
Click here to register
Event Code: 140546
Bellevue September 30, 2009
Event Code: 140547
Denver October 06, 2009
Event Code: 140548
Phoenix October 07, 2009
Event Code: 140549
October 07, 2009
Event Code: 140648
Salt Lake City
October 20, 2009
Event Code: 140629
Mountain View October 22, 2009
Event Code: 140550
San Francisco October 23, 2009
Event Code: 140551
San Diego November 03, 2009
Event Code: 140552
November 04, 2009
Event Code: 140553
November 05, 2009
Event Code: 140554
Consider this a quick (and last-minute) update to my previous post about the PDC Viewing Events.
For those of you registered (or wanting to register) for the PDC viewing event in Denver on Thursday (10/28), we’ve moved the event from the Cable Center near DU to our local Microsoft office at the Tech Center.
7595 Technology Way, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80237
We’ll see you there!
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 way, it’s always good to make sure the word is getting out there. Hope you enjoy!
One of the “new” new features of TFS 2012 is the addition of the Microsoft Feedback Client for collecting feedback from stakeholders, end users, etc. This tool integrates with TFS to provide a mechanism to engage those stakeholders and more seamlessly include their insights in the lifecycle.
Several of my customers however, perhaps with brains overloaded with the possibilities of this capability, have asked me, “So when exactly do I use this? When do I request feedback?”
Well, the answer, as it often times is, is “it depends.”
First, if you aren’t aware of the two ways to use the Microsoft Feedback Client, check out (shameless plug) my previous post covering this.
The more I play around with this tool and talk about it with customers, the more scenarios I find in which this new 2012 capability adds value.
Now back to that “it depends” answer.. The key thing to remember for using the feedback capability is that there is no hard and fast rule for when you should use it. But here are three main scenarios:
From MSDN, “Planning and Tracking Projects”:
What other scenarios can you think of where you could leverage the new feedback capabilities in VS 2012?