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  • Blog Post: Anthony delivers another great ALM Walkthrough, this time in Vancouver!

    In the true spirit of an ALM MVP and ALM Ranger, Anthony Borton took a drive from Redmond to Microsoft Vancouver today, to deliver a great ALM walkthrough using Team Foundation Server 2013 to interns from the Vancouver Foundry. Anthony continued to thrill the interns with an Application Insights overview...
  • Blog Post: Exploring ALM Solutions using TFS 2013 with QuickLearn Training

    At the last MVP Summit I had a crazy idea of taking leave and doing a TFS 2013 course to explore the latest courseware and experience the concept of being a “remote” student. While the ALM Rangers are a geographically distributed and experienced with remote and virtual teams, I was a bit sceptical of...
  • Blog Post: A few more pictures from TechReady 18 … I am out of here and back home for 4 days :)

    Today was the last day with ALM Ranger sessions and thanks to Bijan’s great guidance and enforcement of family>job>rangers I am about to return home … before beaming back to Redmond next week. Day 4 … in and about the conference centre. The first and last images show the size (complexity) of the...
  • Blog Post: A few pictures from TechReady 18 … finally!

    I have been asked by a few Rangers why we have not published any pictures yet. Apologies, the first three days have been really hectic, leaving little time to take pictures. Day 1 … exploring the office and watching Christian Nielsen getting ready for the first Rangers session. Day 1 … great discussions...
  • Blog Post: Pre-TR Training … and a breakfast you should run away from :)

    The ALM Rangers are slowly but surely gathering in Seattle for TechReady, semi-annual internal technical conference and one of the few opportunities for some lucky Rangers to meet their peers face to face. using application insights to monitor health of our vs online home Before we get started...
  • Blog Post: Ranger Flash – July 2013

      We have a number of projects on final landing approach. Watch the space for release announcements here and on the Visual Studio ALM + Team Foundation Server Blog .   New Associate Rangers Please welcome the following new Associate ALM Rangers in our family:  Gordon Beeming , James Waletzky...
  • Blog Post: How to draw an ALM Readiness Treasure Map shipmate

    Introducing you to Anisha Pindoria , our User Experience (UX) lead of the ALM Readiness Treasure Map team: … and Robert Bernstein , our captain (project lead):
  • Blog Post: June 14th Day of Caring – Camp Jubilee

    The day of caring started with a typical Vancouver morning … … but as we drove to  Deep Cove and while we enjoyed the 30min boat ride to Camp Jubilee , the weather turned for the better. What followed was tough “labour” repairing and building new benches, canoe rack, move camp fire and stage and...
  • Blog Post: TR16 Journal (Day T+4) – The pirates rule!

    The ALM Readiness treasure map team delivered a phenomenal session, especially their captain Robert Bernstein who went the extra mile … I will let the pictures do the talking … … Captain Robert Bernstein The summit party was loud, but fun … Arrrrrrrrrrrrrr! On more session and we are out of here. The...
  • Blog Post: TR16 Journal (Day T+3) – Everyone reaching information overload status

      TechReady 16 continued today with four great sessions by the ALM Rangers. Whether trying to figure out which bin to use or which session type to chose, the choice is phenomenal. Wednesday Micheal Learned and Matt Mitrik started the day with an interactive, interesting and conflict-less version...
  • Blog Post: TR16 Journal (Day T+1,2) – The first two days and phenomenal sessions are history

    TechReady 16 started on Monday morning, after a great midnight snack, an early stroll through a misty Redmond to the Overlake transport centre, a quick bus ride and converging at the conference centre with hundreds of technology geeks. Monday The Dev Track started with a great kick-off, during which...
  • Blog Post: TR16 Journal (Day T-2) – Pretending to be a mushroom

    Today I pretended to be a mushroom … Robert Bernstein gave me a strange look yesterday, when I told him about my Saturday plans and I guess it is best to explain what I mean. … A mushroom typically grows in the dark and does not move around a lot … in other words it is seems to be a relaxing lifestyle...
  • Blog Post: TR16 Journal (Day T-4) - pre-TR16 | microSummit | ALM Summit

    This week we had the rare event of two events coinciding, allowing us the opportunity to bring together a subset of the ALM Rangers and finally being able to map names, avatars and virtual characters. ALM Summit The ALM Summit is a public event that allows you to gain a deeper insight into your application...
  • Blog Post: Seattle – Day 2: The Battle continues

    Sorry, today we will be brief as we had lots of sessions today and are all tired … chrrrzzzzz … Pictures of the day … blue sky in Seattle?!? Discussions of the day VM Factory futures … we need your candid feedback on today’s factory and vNext. Scrum/Ruck was a really interactive chat … send us your candid...
  • Blog Post: Seattle – Day 1: Presenting the blueprint

    Pictures of the day As you can surely notice, the first ALM Rangers session was special, fun and we got *very* candid feedback from the audience, which is PHENOMENAL. Keep it up! Learning's of the day Concerns The feedback we received in our first session is inline with what we have been hearing from...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers preparing for technical event in Seattle … Pictures to follow!

    TechReady is technical readiness event that takes place twice a year, bringing together Microsoft engineers from all over the world. The ALM Rangers will be representing the latest wave of readiness solutions. Watch a movie that covers the latest release candidate wave of ALM Ranger readiness solutions...
  • Blog Post: Rangers Flash – February 2012

    Projects News Visual Studio 11 Readiness “Gig” Wave #1 has shipped … Welcome to Visual Studio 11 ALM Rangers Readiness Beta “Wave” … more to come on weekly wave updates. - Vladimir Gusarov translated the announcement for our Russian speaking community Give us feedback! - Ask a question on the respective...
  • Blog Post: MVP Summit–Dust has settled and Mike had excess baggage :)

    Now that the MVP Summit dust has settled I have two questions for the ALM MVP Rangers and must highlight Mike’s blog post … he literally cleared the awards tables and probably had some luggage space and weight challenges ALM MVP Rangers … How was the MVP Summit for you? How was the last labs day for...
  • Blog Post: MVP Summit – The last (best) day!

    Thanks to Charles Sterling “Chuck” we had two great labs for the day, one used to run a series of discussions and the other a huge sandbox of machine allowing the ALM MVPs to mingle, chat, collaborate and play with the various bits. In my humble opinion this was the best day! Note to self #1 – when mass...
  • Blog Post: MVP Summit – The day of quiet … no MVPs :(

    The ALM MVPs were all downtown, which left a near deserted campus and no ALM MVPs or ALM MVP Rangers to chat to all day … at least I had a reasonably OK view out of Bean's cave. I also found the wine that Mike brought for me … yum, yum, I will enjoy this with my more beautiful half on...
  • Blog Post: Welcome our new Visual Studio ALM Ranger Champions and the (UN)HIDE button

    Every year we get together to nominate the champions amongst the Visual Studio ALM Rangers and the champion of champions. We chose the ALM MVP Summit to take a few moments to announce the 2012 champions, because the nominations all originate from our biggest “ Gig ” and quite a few are ALM MVPs :) Thanks...
  • Blog Post: MVP Summit – The day of the (UN)HIDE button

    Today was a stressful (at the time) and hilariously funny (looking back) day at the MVP Summit. Seeing all the great MVPs, the colleagues, the special friends and getting VERY special gifts made today a phenomenal day :) Context: Imagine the scene … 5+ geeks, with just as many laptops, trying to get...
  • Blog Post: TechReady 14 Report … T+4–Final Day Report from Willy’s perspective

    TechReady is over … the dust is settling and I am convinced that all ALM Rangers are relaxing and recovering from a loooooooooooooooooooooong week of information overload :) Here are the other TR14 blog posts: TechReady 14 Report … T-3 days and a going back to the future TechReady 14 Report … T-1 days...
  • Blog Post: TechReady 14 Report … T+2–Beyond BRDLite and Architecture

    Today was a loooooooooooooong day as we had sessions all day, followed by the Ask The Expert gathering. It was really great to see all the colleagues from around the world, especially those who made it across from good old South-Africa Today’s ALM Ranger sessions were focused on BRDLite, Build Customization...
  • Blog Post: TechReady 14 Report … T+1 – Four ALM Ranger Sessions dominated the day

    Today was a phenomenal ALM Rangers day, with project leads, project members and product owners pouring invaluable knowledge, energy and passion into the sessions. A huge THANK YOU and Kudos to Paul, Pramod, Ed, Rob, Gregg, Tina, Mario and most importantly a phenomenal audience ! We tried a number of...
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