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  • Blog Post: Wondering who the ALM Rangers are? Start here…

    Understanding who [1] the ALM Rangers are, their mission and manifesto [2], solutions [3], publications [4], triage [5], and process [6], as well as showing their geographic distribution [7] is easy . [1] aka.ms/vsarindex [2] aka.msvsarunderstand [3] aka.ms/vsarsolutions [4] aka.ms/vsarpublications ...
  • Blog Post: Hassan Fadili @ SDC Conference and VINCI institute – the evidence :)

    In the Hassan Fadili @ SDC Conference and VINCI institute post we mentioned that Hassan would be embarking on two great adventures. Well, he did and it is time to enjoy the evidence he kindly shared with us … CONGRATULATIONS Hassan on your successful adventure in Morocco for the Community, MSP's and...
  • Blog Post: Fun of PM.4 … Advocate and evangelise

    After covering Persona , Energise and Enable , we have reached the end of the series with this post focused on Advocate. We will also take a quick look at questions that were raised against recent posts and conclude with a snapshot of a week in Willy’s PM world. evangelise The Program Manager is the...
  • Blog Post: Another custom t-shirt for our midnight demo warrior!

    We recently had an important end-of-project demonstration, for the Extract effective permission from TFS whitepaper and tooling research project, to the Product Owner, at 12:00 PDT. As everyone knows, we work with geographically distributed team members and while high-noon was the scheduled time (for...
  • Blog Post: Hassan Fadili @ SDC Conference and VINCI institute

    Hassan will be sharing his experience and passion for ALM at SDC Conference in the Netherlands on Dec 1st and in Morocco at VINCI Institute, where he will host 2 days ALM / .NET ROAD Show on Dec 3th and Dec 4th for students, academics and community. SDC conference session schema extract: PS : Note hat...
  • Blog Post: Chuck being sucked down the audio channel vortex

    I am dedicating this fun post to my son, Jacques, who calls me grumpy every day. In this short audio gem , Anisha Pindoria and Charles Sterling demonstrate that we also have lots of fun, even when we battle with video conferencing technologies, network bandwidth and stubborn microphones.  Hope this...
  • Blog Post: Many Git Repositories, but one Team Project to rule them all

    One of our current objectives is to dogfood one Team Project, with one default and eight feature Teams, each with its own Git repository, as shown below. huh … ? Here are a few questions you may be pondering over. The answers in italic are my “2 cents”, until the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ALM Rangers update a la Channel9 series

    Our monthly status and updates from the community is shared in as in the recent Ranger Flash – October 2014 embraces config as code followed by MVP special . To raise the awareness of our Rangers, their passion for and and solutions in technology, and our sprint summaries, my colleague Anisha Pindoria...
  • Blog Post: Pop Quiz – Answers … which Rangers solution enjoyed the highest downloads :)

    In Pop Quiz … which Rangers solution enjoys the highest downloads we asked you which of the Ranger aka.ms/vsarsolutions enjoyed the most downloads and the highest daily downloads since January 1, 2010. most downloads Winner : As expected, the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide is our block...
  • Blog Post: Pop Quiz … which Rangers solution enjoys the highest downloads?

    Looking at Visual Studio ALM Ranger Solutions Catalogue (aka.ms/vsarsolutions) , do you have any idea which solution has had the (1)  most downloads and the (2) highest average daily downloads since January 1, 2010? Add your candidates and a quick “why” as a comment below and watch the space for...
  • Blog Post: Certificate in DevOps - Minimal Capabilities for DevOps

    We are pleased that the registration has re-opened for the Certificate in DevOps and the first course Minimal Capabilities for DevOps . If you wish to discover concepts, approaches and the mindset for continuous software delivery and DevOps then this is an adventure you should explore. You can attend...
  • Blog Post: Radio TFS and the GREAT curve ball question about (ex-nightmare) shorter delivery cycles

    In the // the podcast about microsoft visual studio team foundation server, visual studio online and visual studio application lifecycle management, episode 82 … WOW , that many episodes already … I had the privilege to chat with two ALM MVP colleagues, and an ex-MVP, now MSFT colleague. The chat we...
  • Blog Post: Why the Visual Studio NEWS extension is nothing to ignore or sneeze at!

    Note to self … remember the widgets and use them. news? Utkarsh Shigihalli and Tarun Arora developed a great News extension to get Visual Studio online and other news within Visual Studio. When I was sipping my 13th cup of coffee yesterday, I clicked on news and spotted an announcement dating back to...
  • Blog Post: Controlled Vocabulary 101 … typed at the most stunning office!

    Yesterday I enjoyed listening to Hyper-V, PowerShell and other 933>| m (aka geeky) MVPs sharing their knowledge, experience and passion at the Canadian MVP Days Community Roadshow 2014 . During one of the breaks, I needed a quick reboot break and sat at the harbour, in what must be the most beautiful...
  • Blog Post: Project Unicorn – Part 1. Initial context and an explanation of our “kick-off” event

    We are embarking on an exciting new project, codenamed Unicorn. And no, this project is not related to Dilbert . Until we share more project details in future posts, please peruse the books Building a Release Pipeline with Team Foundation Server and The Phoenix Project … and watch this space. overall...
  • Blog Post: Testing and evaluating Microsoft Word as my blog editor

    Since 2009 I have been relying on LiveWriter as my blog editor. As there have not been any updates or bug fixes for quite some time, it is time to evaluate an alternative editor … Microsoft Word seems like the logical next choice. How did I use configure Word as the editor? Selected Blog Post from...
  • Blog Post: FAQ - Why do we use the flight analogy for our projects?

    From a high-altitude view, we visualize our projects as flights. Each flight is time boxed, has one or more teams (crew) working together when inflight, completes a journey, and delivers a solution idea (epic) when landing. Flights are a well-understood metaphor! With the “flight” metaphor we can visualize...
  • Blog Post: Are our project idea triages effective? Help us reflect and innovate!

    We switched to a more transparent, adaptive and responsive triage process as outlined in Triage of ideas … ∆ process changes‎ and continue to share the results in the  aka.ms/vsartriage posts. As we have just started with triage #9, we are wondering whether we selected the correct project ideas...
  • Blog Post: Aligning our planets with a common cadence and synchronization

    We recently changed our sprint cadence with the rest of the organization, creating turbulence for in-flight projects, but aligning the engineering  planets. Let’s explore … In ALM Rangers dogfooding journal of the Team Foundation Service we introduced our monthly cadence in July 2012. Used by all...
  • Blog Post: What happens when 13 Rangers meet on a weekend to discuss a framework?

    Using the weekend after TR19, we had a unique opportunity to get 13 ALM Rangers into a room to work through and discuss the Leading SAFe training content, SAFe framework and the challenges of adopting it, or other frameworks, in the “real-world”. So far the feedback from the attendees has been very positive...
  • Blog Post: Getting ready for a weekend of candid discussions around scaling agile

    More pictures emerged from TR, taken by João Paulo Rodrigues . Pirates … arrrrrrrr! … Robert Bernstein (project lead and captain), Anisha Pindoria (UX SME) and Darren Rich  (Tester and breaker of things) of the ALM Readiness Treasure Map research project. Today my focus was on setting up the training...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers @ TR19 … day 4 impressions … what about day 3?

    Sorry, day three my laptop imploded an hour before our session, leaving me wondering what I have done to the digital bits and bytes, being absent minded during our session and spending the afternoon and evening convincing my laptop to reboot. Sorry, that too day 3 with it and until João Paulo Rodrigues...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers @ TR19 … day 2 impressions

    To allow us to match ALM Ranger faces and names from the aka.ms/vsarindex , and share some of the fun moments,  we will share photographs taken while collaborating outside the sessions. The most mind-provoking, fun and 933|< session was prepared by our Ranger  Rob Jarratt today. These pictures...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers @ TR19 … day 1 impressions

    A few of the ALM Rangers have three precious opportunities every year to meet face:face at the annual MVP Summit and the bi-annual TechReady. The former is geared at the Most Valuable Professionals and the latter a semi-annual internal technical conference. Here are a few pictures of the surroundings...
  • Blog Post: Integrating “News” in the VS IDE … a cool extension update!

    Utkarsh Shigihalli and Tarun Arora released v1.2 of the News extension , which allows you to get Visual Studio Online news and updates inside Visual Studio. What I noticed immediately is the option of not only keeping track of Visual Studio Online Updates and Visual Studio Service Blogs, but also selecting...
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