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  • Blog Post: Windows 10 upgrade was uneventful, result is awesome

    It was with some hesitation that I decided to click the upgrade button, to move from the Windows 8.1 environment I have grown accustomed to. The Windows 10 upgrade told me to “sit back and relax” … the last time I upgraded my OS I ended up re-installing and re-configuring the tools, widgets and applications...
  • Blog Post: Delete Team Project – are you ABSOLUTELY sure?

    I just noticed a small, but very welcome feature. When you select delete for a Team Project on Visual Studio Online, it not only verifies that you ABSOLUTELY wish to perform an action that CANNOT be undone, but forces you to confirm the name of the team project. This feature could have saved me a lot...
  • Blog Post: Unplugging from #almrangers to enjoy the Boundary Bay airshow

    I unplugged from the digital matrix and the ALM Rangers for a day to walk to and enjoy the Boundary Bay Airshow’15 . The B17 bomber was the highlight of the day … seeing and hearing its raw power, beauty and grace took us all back to the 1940’s … A big THANK YOU to the veterans from all sides, the airshow...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2015 launch resources

    Visual Studio launch [is|was] exciting, especially seeing our rock star Donovan Brown live. If you missed the live event or want to check out any other videos related to today’s releases, you can check them out on Channel 9 . More related resources Blog posts: ScottGu , Soma , BHarry , VS team , ALM...
  • Blog Post: First impressions last … when is it the right time to be transparent?

    When we read the Scrum Theory we note that one pillar is transparency and that “ significant aspects of the process must be visible to those responsible for the outcome ”. A noble statement, but one that often competes with “ first impressions ” last. While we strive to gather...
  • Blog Post: To break or not to break stories down into tasks …

    When using Scrum we commonly have two backlogs, defined by the Scrum Guide as follows: Product Backlog is an ordered list of everything that might be needed in the product and is the single source of requirements for any changes to be made to the product. Sprint Backlog is the set of Product Backlog...
  • Blog Post: Time-slicing through a context-switching vortex and proposing a cookbook

    Few realise the huge sacrifice many ALM Ranger community members are making for the ALM community. With the exception of two Program Managers, all of us are part-time volunteers, investing an average of 15 min/day timeslice, excluding other community contributions, such as forums, events and trying to...
  • 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...
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