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  • Blog Post: Events–PTA and JHB - Application Lifecycle Management with TFS and Visual Studio

    We are delivering some small events focussed around using Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio to improve your application lifecycle processes. These events are small and were by invite. We do have some spare capacity, which we are opening up the broader community.  To register (the events are...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Release Management for Team Foundation Server (event)

    We had a few requests around Release Management for TFS (Microsoft acquired a product InRelease a few months ago). We are running a session on this topic if you are keen to explore. This is smallish event with limited capacity, so book quickly Date: Wed Morning of Dec 4 th  Location: Microsoft offices...
  • Blog Post: Get those Azure benefits activated– Download VS in 4 minutes, and stand a chance to win an Aston Martin

    I just activated my MSDN Azure benefits, and created a VM. I connected to the VM via remote desktop, and then went to download some software off the MSDN site. I got download speeds in the VM of between of 6-12 MB/sec. VS downloaded in around 4 minutes. The VM was created in a similar period of time...
  • Blog Post: Assign those MSDN subscriptions–and fully leverage your benefits

    I work with many customers around their development and application lifecycle management requirements. That is a core part of my job. One of the other aspects is educating customers around leveraging the benefits when they purchase Visual Studio on MSDN. One of the areas that many, many South Africa...
  • Blog Post: ALM for CRM (and other LOB) implementations

    One of the core parts of my role is speaking to customers about application lifecycle management. Too often, customers think that this only applies in cases where you have “coding” scenarios – i.e where developers are using an IDE (e.g. Visual Studio, Eclipse etc.) to develop an application. In scenarios...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Update 1 Videos and Testing for Continuous Delivery Book

    Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 was released last week. There is a decent amount of new bits in there. Check http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2012/11/26/visual-studio-and-team-foundation-server-2012-update-1-now-available.aspx Also we released some nice short videos to introduce some of the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio & TFS 2012 Overview Training 2-Day Class (and techdays reminder)

    We have received a few requests around training for Visual Studio and TFS 2012. One of our Application Lifecycle Management partners, Imaginet, is delivering a course locally. The session is being delivered by Colin Dembovsky, who is also an MVP on the topic Side Note : Colin and I will also be presenting...
  • Blog Post: South African Software Development Firm banks on Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2012

    One the nice case studies for the Visual Studio launch involved a South African company, Global Kinetic. Here are some snippets from the case study “ It builds confidence because with Team Foundation Server 2012 our client has a real-time view of our progress and can check on the project status anytime...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learnt at Microsoft Developer Division adopting TFS/Agile and Improving Processes–sample chapter

    I often get asked about how Microsoft develops software, and how we look to improve our processes. I generally end up talking about MQ and you can find out more this via this search . This weekend I came across a sample chapter from the book Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012: Adopting Agile Software...
  • Blog Post: Brian Keller in JHB talking about ALM with Visual Studio and TFS 2012

    The ALM guy, Brian Keller is in Johannesburg next week. He is here for just 2 days before he flies off, so this if your opportunity to come listen to him talk about application lifecycle management with TFS and Visual Studio. Below is the full details Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Knowing your WinRT from your Azure - A Guide to the Microsoft Developer and Platform Roadmap

      Industry trends, new technology and rising customer expectations are all shaping our strategies. These innovations, across social media, cloud and mobility brings new opportunities as well as questions. The session focusses at developer managers, CxOs and technical decision makers, will delve...
  • Blog Post: The case for testing..

      A couple of motorists have been receiving fines to the tune of R50 000 or more. As it turns out it was a software upgrade, where the the 50 000 was actually cents, rather than rands. You can read a bit more here . I wonder if they ran some tests after the upgrade! Ahmed
  • Blog Post: Events, Events! Scrum, Testing, Sharepoint ALM

      We have a number of events during Feb and Mar. Below you find the details of these various events. This is all Johannesburg   Scrum for Managers (2 Mar, free) The role of the manager in a software company is changing. No longer is it about driving people to achieve results. Now it is about...
  • Blog Post: Developer and Platform Insights Event with Jason Zander, Corp VP, Visual Studio–Johannesburg

      Who is Jason Zander? Check out his blog . From his simpler bio there “I'm the corporate vice president for the Visual Studio team in the Developer Division at Microsoft, including Visual Studio Pro, Premium, and Ultimate. I've been in the Developer Division for a long time…..” Jason will be out...
  • Blog Post: ALM/TFS Sessions at TechED Africa.

      TechED is around the corner, and we have lined up some great speakers and content. Speakers Brian Keller - Senior Tech Evangelist for TFS/ALM Chris Menegay – a regional director from Imaginet who has been working with TFS for ages. Heads up one of the leading ALM partners in the United States...
  • Blog Post: Confused about VS,MSDN, TFS and licensing of pre-production environments?

      One of the common pieces of feedback we get from customers and partners is that they do not fully understand how the licensing of Visual Studio, MSDN and TFS – as well as what the story is around the licensing of non production environments. With that in mind, we are running the following session...
  • Blog Post: Lab Management and Team Build Rangers Guidance

      I deliver many sessions focussed around Application Lifecycle Management using TFS (Team Foundation Server). One of the frequent requests is around guidance. The ALM Rangers team does a fantastic job of taking real world experiences with the product, and documenting them. Over the weekend they...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8, Time to book for PDC,ooops Build

      Last night (well South African time) Steven Sinofsky showed the first glimpse of Windows 8. You can check out some of the details as well as a video here . It looks very cool. I can’t wait to learn more. And talking of learning more, we opened registration for the next PDC.   Except it is...
  • Blog Post: ALM Roadmap – check it out now!

    I am busy watching the TechED keynote right now, where Jason Zander and Cameron Skinner are showing some of future Application Lifecycle Investments. Some neat stuff. Go check out some of the details now Oh , and don’t forget Devdays is next week Ahmed Salijee
  • Blog Post: Slides and Resources from the Testing Session

      Below you can find the links to the slide deck and some other resources based on the session I recently delivered on “Improving Software Quality with Test Professional”. This session was largely focussed on the manual testing tools that can be used to improve your software. The slide deck can...
  • Blog Post: Slides and Resources from ALM Event

      A few weeks I presented a session on “Improving your Software Processes with Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2010”. I promised to provide the slides and resource links. You can download the slides via Skydrive here (made some changes – fixed screenshots etc based on comments) Resources...
  • Blog Post: The iteration dates are not valid – using TFS Excel Planning Workbook

      One of the nice features in TFS2010 are the Excel Agile Planning Workbooks. One part that I have had some problems with is the burndown chart where I would get an error "the iteration dates are not valid" and recommending that I go the settings tab to make a change. For a long time,...
  • Blog Post: Events on ALM/TFS and Testing

      Using the Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools to Improve Software Lifecycle Management: Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2010 provides a wide range of tools to improve your application lifecycle management processes. Attend this session for an end to end overview of these tools. Topic covered...
  • Blog Post: Where/How do I get started with TFS?

      Question: Where or how should I get started with Team Foundation Server? Answer 1: It depends.. What do you want to accomplish? Answer 2: Install, Get comfortable with source control, then move on to the next thing. Most likely build and/or work item usage.   Let’s delve into this a bit more...
  • Blog Post: TFS/ALM/Tester/Scrum Courses from Notion (in Cape Town too!)

    We regularly get requests for details on training around Team Foundation Server and the Application Lifecycle Management aspects of Visual Studio 2010. This is largely due to the lack of courses around these areas via the traditional training channels. A few months ago, Notion Solutions, one the premier...
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