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  • Blog Post: From VSTS 2005 to VSO Rename … time flies when you are having fun!

    I remember the days when my colleagues Henk, Zayd Kara and I were sitting in the team lab, meticulously following the TFS 2005 installation checklist, only to reset after the “oh nooooooo, we missed step 13…”, followed by a re-install or living with an ill-chosen team project name...
  • Blog Post: My last Rangers post on this blog and then a switch back to personal reflections …

    Git for the TFVC User – Workflow Investigations Part 4: Converting a TFVC repository was the last Visual Studio ALM Rangers team post on this blog. This blog will be reverting back to personal reflections, thoughts and experiences, diverting all Rangers team chatter to the Visual Studio ALM Rangers team...
  • Blog Post: Git for the TFVC User – Workflow Investigations Part 4: Converting a TFVC repository

    … co-authored with Richard Albrecht, complementing the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide . Continued from Part 1 – Making Changes , we would like to share our notes , NOT guidance, and invite you to give us candid feedback on our proposed walkthroughs that are related to the high-level...
  • Blog Post: Git for the TFVC User – Workflow Investigations Part 3: Reviewing Changes (With Conflicts)

    … co-authored with Dan Hellem , complementing the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide . Continued from Part 1 – Making Changes , we would like to share our notes , NOT guidance, and invite you to give us candid feedback on our proposed walkthroughs that are related to the high-level workflow...
  • Blog Post: Git for the TFVC User – Workflow Investigations Part 2: Reviewing Changes (No Conflicts)

    … co-authored with Dan Hellem , complementing the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide . Continued from Part 1 – Making Changes , we would like to share our notes , NOT guidance, and invite you to give us candid feedback on our proposed walkthroughs that are related to the high-level workflow...
  • Blog Post: Git for the TFVC User – Workflow Investigations Part 1: Making Changes

    … co-authored with Dan Hellem , complementing the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide . In our silent preview of the Git for the TFVC User guide we intentionally excluded walkthroughs for “happy path” workflows, including only guidance and basic workflow steps. For example, the Making Changes...
  • Blog Post: Ranger Flash – March 2015 ... lots of community gems

      You can find the latest flight plan snapshot at aka.ms/vsarFlightPlan news Git for TFVC User silent preview was shared with early adopters and dogfooders. Watch the new Monthly Catch-up: S80 with special co-host Keith Bankston channel 9 video for a summary of activities and meet Keith , our product...
  • Blog Post: What … there is a development centre in Vancouver?!?

    After hearing this question one too many times, it is time to zoom into a small, yet buzzing spot on this planet, the city of Vancouver, Canada! Interesting spots on the maps … Is where the Vancouver Development Center is located at the time of creating this post. Is where Redmond is approximately located...
  • Blog Post: Casual interviews with a number of ALM Rangers … meet the face and person behind the name!

    Anisha Pindoria has started an exciting initiative to interview Rangers as and when they get close to the Redmond campus. In addition to the aka.ms/vsarindex pages these short interviews intend to introduce the person behind the name you may have spotted in one or more of the ALM Ranger solutions . Casual...
  • Blog Post: An antidote to drowning in email and losing sight of the important communication threads

    This post is primarily intended for my fellow ALM Rangers , but should add some value to anyone dealing with a lot of email. What’s a lot? Imagine asking 150+ passionate engineers a simple open-the-can-of-worms question. Within less than an hour I had 50 beefy (not one liner) replies. The next morning...
  • 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.ms/vsarunderstand [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...
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