Free ALM Roadshow Events in 2011



I’m pretty happy to be heading out in a few weeks to lead a few ALM Road Show Events around the US.  There’s actually several more that are going to be led by others on the Imaginet ALM team (Dave McKinstry & Anna Russo) so find one that’s close to you and bring your questions!  I’ll be leading the ALM Road Show events in:

  • Boston, MA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX

Here’s the full list of the Roadshow Events:

Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools Live Roadshow
October 27,2011
Microsoft Corporation
St.Louis, MO

Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools Live Roadshow
October 28, 2011
Microsoft Corporation
Columbus, OH

Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools Live Roadshow
November 2, 2011
Microsoft Corporation
Salt Lake City/Lehi, UT

Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools Live Roadshow
November 3, 2011
Microsoft Corporation
Irvine, CA

Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools Live Roadshow
November 8, 2011
Microsoft Corporation
Presenter:  Ed Blankenship
Waltham, MA

Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools Live Roadshow
November 9, 2011
Microsoft Corporation
Presenter:  Ed Blankenship
Alpharetta, GA

Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools Live Roadshow
November 29, 2011
Microsoft Corporation
Presenter:  Ed Blankenship
Dallas/Irving, TX

Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools Live Roadshow
November 30, 2011
Microsoft Corporation
Denver, CO

Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools Live Roadshow
December 1, 2011
Microsoft Corporation
Presenter:  Ed Blankenship
Houston, TX

If you can’t visit us at the local ALM Roadshow events, try out some of the ALM Webcasts we are doing!  Dave McKinstry has a full write up of each of them available here:  http://weblogs.asp.net/dmckinstry/archive/2011/10/13/upcoming-free-vs-alm-webcasts.aspx

Test Management in Agile Teams
October 24, 2011
Free Online Workshop
1:00-2:00pm (CST)

Manual Testing in Agile Teams
October 26, 2011
Free Online Workshop
1:00-2:30 (CST)

Testing in an Agile Team
November 1, 2011
Free Online Workshop
1:00-2:30pm (CST)
Automated Load and UI Testing for SharePoint Projects
December 6, 2011
Free Online Workshop
1:00-2:30pm (CST)

Testing with SharePoint Projects
December 12, 2011
Free Online Workshop
1:00-2:30pm (CST)

Using Lab Management with SharePoint Development
December 13, 2011
Free Online Workshop
1:00-2:00pm (CST)
Automated Load and UI Testing for SharePoint Projects
December 20, 2011
Free Online Workshop
1:00-2:30pm (CST)

 

Take care and hope to see you there!

Ed Blankenship

Posted in Community | Speaking | TFS | VSTS


Speaking at Austin TFS User Group – Customizing TFS Builds



I’m pretty excited about being in Austin this week (one of my favorite cities) and while I’m here, I’m going to be speaking at the Austin TFS User Group this Thursday night.  Here are some more details:
Special Event: TFS 2010 Build Customization with Ed Blankenship

Date: Thursday, August 4th, 6:30 to 8 PM at Overwatch Systems, 5301 SW Parkway

To attend please register at: http://tfsaustinbuild.eventbrite.com/

Don't miss this one-time event and deep dive on "Customizing the Build Process with TFS 2010 Build and Workflow Foundation." In TFS 2010, the automated build infrastructure has been revamped to use Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) instead of MSBuild. Ed will present and answer questions on how to customize the default build process template and how to leverage multiple aspects of the workflow implementation for TFS 2010 Build.

Location:

Overwatch Systems, 6:30 to 8 PM

NOTE: park in the parking garage, signs will direct you to the meeting

5301 Southwest Parkway

Austin, TX 78735

 

Looking forward to seeing everywhere in the area there!

Ed Blankenship



Project Server 2010 and TFS 2010 Integration VM with Labs



I’m pretty excited that a new virtual machine is now available that has everything you need to start working with the integration between Project Server 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 SP1.  A lot of work by a good group of people has gone in to get this VM out and now it should be super easy to learn & play with the integration.  Not only is everything setup and configured already (which is half the battle when trying out new things) but you also get:

  • Four hands on labs that walk through the main scenarios that are supported by the integration.
    • One of them that is particular interesting is how to give visibility to the Project Management Office (PMO) when you have development teams practicing one of the many Agile methodologies.  Those two concepts can come at odds with one another and I think the integration plays nicely with that scenario if your company finds itself in this position.
  • Tons of sample active directory users that are available in both Team Foundation Server and the Project Server Enterprise Resource Pool that allow you to setup lots of different scenarios.
  • Sample data, team projects, and enterprise project plans to get you started.

If you are interested more about this topic and are attending TechEd North America, be sure to catch our talk: Application Lifecycle Management: Microsoft Project Server 2010 and Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010, Better Together

Both Brian Keller and Christophe Fiessinger have some additional information available on their blogs:

Project Server TFS Integration Topology

 

Virtual Machine Download Details

 

Download for the Virtual Machine

Project Server TFS Integration VM Download - Microsoft Tag

Here’s some other resources if you are interesting in learning more:

 

Have fun!

Ed Blankenship



Speaking at TechEd North America 2011 - TFS and Project Server ALM Integration



Really excited to announce that Christophe Fiessinger and I will be speaking at TechEd North America 2011 about the new ALM integration between Team Foundation Server and Project Server!  Here is the session details so be sure to add it to your conference schedulehttp://northamerica.msteched.com/topic/details/OSP203?fbid=8_iz7QOIYNT#showdetails

 

OSP203 Application Lifecycle Management: Microsoft Project Server 2010 and Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010, Better Together

Session Type:  Breakout Session

Level:  200 – Intermediate

Track:  Office & SharePoint

Speakers:  Christophe Fiessinger, Ed Blankenship

The Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack further strengthens the Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management Solution by bridging the gap between Project Portfolio Management and Application Development. By bringing the best of these two worlds together, it creates a win-win situation that enables developers and project managers to use the tools and processes of their choice and collaborate at the granularity they desire. Bi-directional data synchronization between Team Foundation Server and Project Server allows the PMO and Development teams to share project information transparently and provide management with insight into resource utilization, portfolio execution and alignment with strategic objectives. This session provides an overview and demonstrates the Team Foundation Server and Project Server Integration feature pack.

Product/Technology:  Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team Foundation Server

Key Learning:  How to bridge the gap between agil/scrum and waterfall teams by facilitating better coordination

 

Ed Blankenship

Posted in Community | EPM | Project Server | Speaking | TFS | VSTS


Speaking at the Visual Studio ALM Virtual User Group about TFS 2010 Build



Recording AvailableView Recording
Recording Details
    Subject: VSALM UG - Customizing the Build Process with TFS 2010 Build and Workflow Foundation
    Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/view
    Recording ID: H274M4

 

Okay… Let’s try this again.  Last time we had some issues with Live Meeting and needed to reschedule this user group presentation.  The cool part is that I already have slides and my demo created!  I have included my slides again below for future reference.

 

November 1st: Customizing the Build Process with TFS 2010 Build and Workflow Foundation

Date: November 1st, 2010
Times:

  • Central European Standard Time [CEST] - 19:00
  • UTC [without Summer Time] – 17:00
  • Eastern Daylight Time [EDT] - 2:00 PM
  • Pacific Daylight Time [PDT] – 11:00 AM

Add to Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/2vcue9n
Join meeting: http://tinyurl.com/37c4bh3

In TFS 2010, the automated build infrastructure has been revamped to use Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) instead of MSBuild. In this session, we will explore how to customize the default build process template and how to leverage multiple aspects of the workflow implementation for TFS 2010 Build.

We will cover:
• Explore the basics of Windows Workflow Foundation as it is used in TFS 2010 Build
• Review the high-level parts of the default build process template in TFS 2010 Build
• Adding new functionality to the build process using out of the box workflow activities
• Creating variables and process parameters that can be exposed to the end user
• Thoughts about designing & architecting your build process for reuse
• Building a custom activity for use in the build process template
• Deploying the custom activity to all of the build servers in the build farm

 

Slides

 

Ed Blankenship



Postponed: User Group Talk about Customizing TFS 2010 Builds and Slides Available



Recording AvailableView Recording
Recording Details
    Subject: VSALM UG - Customizing the Build Process with TFS 2010 Build and Workflow Foundation
    Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/view
    Recording ID: H274M4

 

Thomas and I were sitting in the Live Meeting conference room for today’s user group presentation and waited for about ten minutes without any new attendees.  We decided to go ahead and postpone the meeting but unsure of the new date at the moment.  Stay tuned to the Visual Studio ALM User Group website for the details of the postponed meeting.

We ended up discovering, thanks to some on Twitter, that the attendees were in a completely separate Live Meeting room!  We’re unsure how that exactly happened but in the meantime, I went ahead and posted my slides which are available below.  (Visit this post’s page if you are reading this inside a blog reader.)  We apologize for the mix up!

Slides

Please forgive the formatting of some of the slides.  The conversion process doesn’t seem to work out too well with layout issues.

 

Ed Blankenship



Speaking at the Visual Studio ALM Virtual User Group about TFS 2010 Build



Recording AvailableView Recording
Recording Details
    Subject: VSALM UG - Customizing the Build Process with TFS 2010 Build and Workflow Foundation
    Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/view
    Recording ID: H274M4

 

Tomorrow, I’ll be speaking at the Visual Studio ALM Virtual User Group European chapter about TFS 2010 Build.  The full details are below.  Hope to see you there with your questions!

 

October 7th: Customizing the Build Process with TFS 2010 Build and Workflow Foundation

Date: October 7th, 2010
Time: 19:00 Central European Standard Time [CEST] (17:00 UTC without summertime)
Add to Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/2wmsfgu
Join meeting: http://tinyurl.com/2v3u8at

In TFS 2010, the automated build infrastructure has been revamped to use Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) instead of MSBuild. In this session, we will explore how to customize the default build process template and how to leverage multiple aspects of the workflow implementation for TFS 2010 Build.

We will cover:
• Explore the basics of Windows Workflow Foundation as it is used in TFS 2010 Build
• Review the high-level parts of the default build process template in TFS 2010 Build
• Adding new functionality to the build process using out of the box workflow activities
• Creating variables and process parameters that can be exposed to the end user
• Thoughts about designing & architecting your build process for reuse
• Building a custom activity for use in the build process template
• Deploying the custom activity to all of the build servers in the build farm

 

Ed Blankenship



DevSmackdown Podcast Episode about TFS Migrations with Ed Blankenship



Awesome!    I found out over the weekend that the Developer Smackdown podcast show where I was a guest has been posted online!  Go check it out.  Clark Sell and Mark Nichols are the co-hosts for the show and it was a fun chat about migrating to Team Foundation Server from legacy systems.

Show: TFS Migrations with Ed Blankenship

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Here is the list of sites and\or resources mentioned in this show:

When doing a TFS Migration make sure you think about some of the following items:

  • Are you a big TFS project or little TFS Project kind of guy?  Think about your organization and their reporting structures when considering "the size" of your TFS projects.
  • Think about how you would report on things?  What types of questions are you trying to answer with your reports?
  • Did you know that Branch Visualization doesn't work across Team Projects ( at least as of the time of writing this )
  • Treat the migration just like any other product development you would do.
  • 1 GB of source typically takes 24 hours to migrate.  That is execution time.  (Conservative Estimate)
  • How much history do you really need?  Was it worth the cost to migrate?

Follow Show On Twitter

Subscribe to Podcast in Zune

Subscribe to Podcast in iTunes

 

 

Ed Blankenship



Speaking at the TFS Product Team All Hands Meeting



Once of the nice things about having moved to Charleston, SC is being relatively around the corner from half of the Team Foundation Server team in Raleigh, North Carolina.Microsoft Corporation Office in Raleigh North Carolina TFS Product Team  I get plenty of opportunities to talk with the TFS product team in Redmond, WA but rarely get the opportunity to talk with the side that’s in Raleigh.  It’s good being close now.

Yesterday, I had the privilege and honor of talking at the TFS Product Team’s All Hands meeting at the Microsoft Office in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Each quarter, the entire team split between Redmond, WA and Raleigh, NC get together to talk about different topics to review the last quarter and looking forward to the future about work they want to do.  It’s very similar to some “All Hands” meetings that each of our companies put together.  They have had a tradition in the past to invite a customer in to talk about how they have used TFS in their daily work and I imagine that gives the entire team some insight into how people outside of Microsoft are actually using the products they spend every day creating.  I was invited to be that customer for this quarter.

They also really like for you to spend some time talking about what your feature requests are for the product.  I had the opportunity to discuss some of my personal areas that I’d like to see some investment made.  Normally when going to events like the Microsoft MVP Summit or providing other private feedback, I take the approach of being objective and provide feedback on behalf of the people I took to and the customers that I help.  I rarely bring up anything that I personally would like to see since some of the things I want are things that most people would never even touch or appreciate.  However, this was my one time that I didn’t feel bad about being totally subjective and asking for my personal feature desires :)

I also had some time to spend talking with the Build team and Version Control team about problems areas that I think people will run into when TFS 2010 launches next month as well as discussing some of those things that some people really hate about TFS version control.  You know who you are on Twitter :)  It was a really great conversation about the problem scenarios really are that people face before arriving to frustration with the product.

I’ve said this before but I really admire and appreciate the team for the amount of effort they put into listening and acting on feedback.  I promise and can tell you that they’re listening.  There are plenty of features and changes even coming out in TFS 2010 that were things that I know that one of the MVPs, customers, or I had originally suggested.  That means they’re not only listening but they are doing something about it.

Anyhow, it was a very productive day and really enjoyed the time.  I’m so glad to be an MVP that is tied to such a great product group.

 

Ed Blankenship

Posted in Community | Speaking | TFS | VSTS


Slides Available for Lap Around Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and TFS 2010



As promised, I have published the slides from my PowerPoint Deck for my talk on Saturday at the Columbia Code Camp.

Thanks to everyone I bugged during the week before to grab a hold of these slides! Contact me (using the contact form on the website) if you'd like to get a copy of the PowerPoint deck.

 

Ed Blankenship

Posted in Community | Speaking | TFS | VSTS


geekSpeak: Migrating from Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server 2010



Tomorrow, I’ll be presenting in this month’s geekSpeak about migrating from Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server 2010.  I’m sure we’ll get through the VSS content pretty quickly so with the time left we’ll talk about new branching & merging features, branch visualization, and gated check-in.

In this geekSpeak, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Ed Blankenship discusses migrating source code from Visual SourceSafe, including the history. There has not been a better time to migrate to the newest Microsoft source control offering, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server, because Microsoft Visual SourceSafe support is ending soon and Team Foundation Server will be part of Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscriptions in 2010. Ed discusses specific version-control features to help you become more productive like branching and merging visualization, annotate, shelving, and gated check-in. This geekSpeak is hosted by Glen Gordon and Brian Hitney.

Registration for the event available here:  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032438525

BTW – The end-of-life support date for Visual SourceSafe is mid-year 2011.  Don’t get stuck on an unsupported product :) especially one that’s holding your source code!

 

Update:  The recording of this presentation is now available on Channel 9 here:  http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/geekSpeak/geekSpeak-Recording-Migrating-to-Team-Foundation-Server-from-Visual-SourceSafe/ .  Sorry about the dropped call in the middle of the presentation.  Also, here’s some links that I mentioned during the talk:

 

Ed Blankenship



Speaking at Columbia Code Camp about Visual Studio Ultimate and TFS 2010



I’m going to be doing a session at the Columbia Code Camp about Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and Team Foundation Server 2010 and really looking forward to it!  Looks like Cameron Skinner already beat me by speaking out in Charlotte earlier this week but hopefully I’ll still have some people who haven’t seen the new features just yet!

Check out the other 32 sessions in the Agenda and be sure to Register.  Already looks like a big crowd so I’m hoping it ends up being successful.  There’s a lot to get through for a one-hour overview session but I plan on sticking around to chat if anyone ends up having any questions that we can’t get answered during the presentation.

Columbia Code Camp 2010

Session:  Lap Around TFS and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate

Time:  11:15 AM – 12:15 PM  (Right before lunch!)

Track:  Framework

Room:  Amoco Hall (1C01)

Location:  University of South Carolina, Swearingen Building, 301 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201

Cost:  Free!

 

Update: Slides are now available below.

 

Ed Blankenship

Posted in Community | Speaking | TFS | VSTS


geekSpeak: Migrating from Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server 2010



Tomorrow, I’ll be presenting in this month’s geekSpeak about migrating from Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server 2010.  I’m sure we’ll get through the VSS content pretty quickly so with the time left we’ll talk about new branching & merging features, branch visualization, and gated check-in.

In this geekSpeak, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Ed Blankenship discusses migrating source code from Visual SourceSafe, including the history. There has not been a better time to migrate to the newest Microsoft source control offering, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server, because Microsoft Visual SourceSafe support is ending soon and Team Foundation Server will be part of Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscriptions in 2010. Ed discusses specific version-control features to help you become more productive like branching and merging visualization, annotate, shelving, and gated check-in. This geekSpeak is hosted by Glen Gordon and Brian Hitney.

Registration for the event available here:  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032438525

BTW – The end-of-life support date for Visual SourceSafe is mid-year 2011.  Don’t get stuck on an unsupported product :) especially one that’s holding your source code!

 

Ed Blankenship



PowerPoint Slide Deck for Real World TFS Sessions



Just wanted to take a few seconds to post the slide deck I’m using for my Real World TFS sessions.  I’ll post a link to the recording of the MVP TV session earlier today when it’s made available!

 

Ed Blankenship



MVP TV with Ed Blankenship on July 15



Also really excited about doing my first ever MVP TV set up by the Microsoft MVP program.  Hope to see you there!  We have an extra thirty minutes at the end so be sure to bring your questions.

MVP TV: Real World TFS: Tips for a Successful Team System Implementation

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 | 9:00am – 10:30am (PDT, Redmond time) or 12:00pm – 1:30pm (EDT, New York City time)

Targeted: This Product Group Interaction is open to  all Developer MVPs in all Technical Expertise and  public audience.

So you’ve decided that Visual Studio Team System & Team Foundation Server is going to bring your organization added value (because it will :)) but what do you do now?  Please join Ed Blankenship as he covers the 2.5 years of successful implementation of VSTS and the experience of that journey at Infragistics, the world’s leading maker of software development tools.  The session intends to cover each phase of the implementation of all affected areas for a smooth adoption:  Version Control, Builds, Work Item Tracking, global deployment, moving multiple teams, training, automated testing, migration from legacy systems, and integration with other systems and TFS.  The goal will be to go through at a high-level of what it takes to make you successful by learning from the challenges and obstacles overcome.  We’ll also look in the future with VSTS 2010 and see how strategic planning will help make a successful adoption of the new features in the upcoming 2010 release.  The session is led by a Microsoft MVP (Team System) & Champ who has been in the trenches during the whole implementation.

Prerequisites:  A healthy attitude in learning from other peoples challenges and a strong desire to make real change within your organization!

About Ed Blankenship: Ed is a Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Certified Application Developer, and works as the Release Engineering Manager at Infragistics, makers of the world's leading presentation layer tools and components. His expertise consists of Microsoft Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server. He is also a technical evangelist for Rich Client applications (primarily Windows Forms & Windows Presentation Foundation.) He has been a technical editor for several Silverlight books, an article author, and has spoken at various user groups, events, and conferences.

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Speaking at NYC VSTS User Group on July 28



While I’m up in New Jersey working at the Infragistics headquarters office, I’m going to have the privilege of speaking at the New York City VSTS User Group on July 28, 2009 at 6:30 PM.  Come see me if you’re in the area!  Because of security concerns at the building, you do need to register ahead of time if you’re planning to attend.

VSTS User Group

Real World TFS: Tips for a Successful Team System Implementation

Description:
So you've decided that Visual Studio Team System & Team Foundation Server is going to bring your organization added value (because it will :)) but what do you do now? Please join Ed Blankenship as he covers the 2.5 years of successful implementation of VSTS and the experience of that journey at Infragistics, the world's leading maker of software development tools. The session intends to cover each phase of the implementation of all affected areas for a smooth adoption: Version Control, Builds, Work Item Tracking, global deployment, moving multiple teams, training, automated testing, migration from legacy systems, and integration with other systems and TFS. The goal will be to go through at a high-level of what it takes to make you successful by learning from the challenges and obstacles overcome. We'll also look in the future with VSTS 2010 and see how strategic planning will help make a successful adoption of the new features in the upcoming 2010 release. The session is led by a Microsoft MVP (Team System) & Champ who has been in the trenches during the whole implementation.

Presenter: Ed Blankenship

Bio:
Ed is a Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Certified Application Developer, and works as the Release Engineering Manager at Infragistics, makers of the world's leading presentation layer tools and components. His expertise includes Microsoft Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server. He is also a technical evangelist for Rich Client applications (primarily Windows Forms & Windows Presentation Foundation.) He has been a technical editor for several Silverlight books, an article author, and has spoken at various user groups, events, radio shows, and conferences.

Date/Time:  07-28-2009 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Location: Microsoft Offices in NYC at 1290 Avenue of Americas, 6th Floor

Click here to Register

 

Ed Blankenship



Radio TFS Interview – Using TFS at Infragistics with Ed Blankenship



I’m up really early this morning.  I’m about to head to the airport to spend my Independence Day weekend in the Carolinas for some much needed beach vacation and visit with friends.  Thankfully, I didn’t miss Martin Woodward letting me know that the latest Radio TFS episode was made available just a few moments ago that includes my interview about our use of TFS and Visual Studio Team System at Infragistics.  It’s a longer episode than normal so it’s perfect if you’re going to be spending some time at the beach like me and listen to a fun talk.  We both really enjoyed chatting for this episode so we hope you enjoy it as well!

Using TFS with Ed Blankenship

In this episode we sit down and chat with Ed Blankenship about the use of Team Foundation Server at Infragistics. Ed has had some interesting challenges and experiences in running their TFS instance.  Additionally they have done some fairly advanced integration work which we discuss in detail.  This is a double-length show, so hopefully plenty of stuff to enjoy if you are sunning yourself on a beach somewhere.

Ed is the Release Engineering Manager at Infragistics, makers of the world's leading presentation layer tools and components.  He is also a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio Team System.

     Play Now: Using TFS with Ed Blankenship

As the Release Engineering Manager, he leads the Release Engineering Department which is responsible for automated builds, creating product installers, packaging source code for customers, source configuration management/version control, metrics, release management, work item tracking, licensing enforcement, and development of internal productivity tools.  The department also is responsible for TFS Operations & Maintenance.

Ed has been a technical editor for the Wrox Silverlight 1.0, Silverlight 2 Developer's Guide, and Silverlight 2 Bible books, author of numerous articles, and has spoken at various user groups, events, and conferences.

Links from the show:

As usual send any feedback to radiotfs@gmail.com.

 

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions based on the Radio TFS chat.  I’m more than happy to get them answered for you!

 

Take care,

Ed B.



Speaking at the Team System User Group Virtual Edition – EMEA Meeting in June



Come join!  Here’s the website and the details.

Website:  http://www.tsug-ve.com/

JUNE EMEA Meeting
Meeting Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2009
Time: 10:00AM PDT/SLT (18:00 UTC)
Location:  Microsoft Island in Second Life

Real World TFS:  Tips for a Successful Team System Implementation

OK, you’ve decided that Visual Studio Team System & Team Foundation Server is going to bring your organization added value (because it will :)) but what do you do now?  This session will cover the 2.5 year successful implementation of VSTS and the experience of that journey at Infragistics, the world’s leading maker of software development tools.  The session intends to cover over each phase of the implementation over all of the affected areas for a smooth adoption:  Version Control, Builds, Work Item Tracking, global deployment, moving multiple teams, training, automated testing, migration from legacy systems, and integration with other systems and TFS.  The goal will be to go through at a high-level what it takes to make you successful by learning from the challenges and obstacles overcome.  We’ll also look to the future with VSTS 2010 and see how strategic planning will help make a successful adoption of the new features in the upcoming 2010 release.  The session is led by a Team System MVP & Champ who has been in the trenches during the whole implementation.

Prerequisites:  A healthy attitude from learning from other’s challenges and a strong desire to make real change at your organization!

 

Take care,

Ed B.

Posted in Community | Speaking | TFS | VSTS


MPT Talk at Dallas VSTS User Group



I had a really good time last night speaking to the Dallas VSTS User Group about the Microsoft Process Template.  If you want more information, I wrote a blog post shortly after the public release of the MPT.  I was really sick last month when I was supposed to speak so I’m really glad I got the opportunity to make it up.

One of the things I really enjoy about the group was the open session time after the scheduled talk to discuss problems people were facing with Team System and the group attempts to come up with possible solutions.  That’s really a great use of time for a specialized user group like this one.

As a fun extra, thankfully the Demo Gods were okay with me and saved this Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) until after I was finished using the VPC during my talk :)  Everyone insisted that I take a screenshot and share with the rest of the world so enjoy!

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Ed B.

 

P.S. As a side note, the experience whenever your evaluation license runs out in Windows Server 2008 has definitely improved.  It no longer gives you a BSOD.  I was using TFS 2008 SP1 installed in a Windows Server 2003 VPC for my demos.

Posted in Community | MPT | Speaking | TFS | VSTS


Team Build at Tulsa TechFest 2008



TulsaTechFest 2008

I’ve been in the middle of a lot lately and completely forgot to mention Tulsa TechFest 2008!  This will be my third year speaking and interestingly I have the only Team System talk this year.  If you’re around the area be sure to come by to learn more about automating your build & packaging process using Team System.  I’m going to do my Team Build talk that I did earlier this year at the Dallas VSTS User Group but we won’t go into as much depth since we only have 1.5 hours.  Looks like another great year with almost.  Infragistics has been a proud & regular sponsor of this event and I’m honored to have been invited again!

[Update]

Wanted to be sure I posted my slides and then also made the link to the awesome build lifecycle poster done by our friends in South Africa.  Thanks for keeping me honest!

 

Ed B.



Speaking about Team Build 2008 at the Dallas VSTS User Group



I'll be speaking on July 1, 2008 at the Dallas Visual Studio Team System User Group. Starts at 6 PM.  This is going to be a really exciting session for me personally and I love that we have a big block of time to get into some really fun Team Build details.  I think we are meeting at the Notion Solutions office in Irving for the July meeting but I'll double-check and update if there is a change.

 

Here are a few topics that I'll make sure we talk about:

  • New Features for Team Build 2008
  • Fun Stuff around Builds at Infragistics
  • Build Notification Power Tool
  • Building Java applications using Team Build & TeamPrise - (This blows people's minds away)
  • Building Installers using Wix
  • New Changes in TFS 2008 Service Pack 1 for Team Build
  • If time, Extensibility with the Team Build API

Be sure to sign up on the user group website to get updates and the RSVP link whenever it gets sent out.

 

Ed B.

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Visual Studio 2008 Briefing



I recently gave a presentation @ Microsoft on Visual Studio 2008 Team System to a crowd of about 40. The presentation was an all day event where we discussed existing and new features to Team System 2008.

 

Slide Deck:   Tech Briefing.rar (3.41 MB)   
Presenters:   Ed Kisinger, Sogeti  Topic: Architect/Developer 
                   Tony Mocella, Sogeti Topic: Project Management
                   Brent Lintz, Sogeti Topic: Build/Version Control

 

Ed K.



Come Hear Us! - ReMIX 2007 in Boston



Grant Hinkson (our Director of Visual Design at Infragistics) and I will be doing our talk "Meeting in the Middle - Designer/Developer Interaction in WPF."  It looks like we have the first breakout session on Tuesday, October 9 at 9:00 AM.  Take a look to see what other sessions are going on:  https://admin.viewcentral.com/events/uploads/ms_events/agenda.html

Session Details

Date:  10/9/2007

Time:  9:00am – 10:15am

Title:  Meeting in the Middle - Designer/Developer Interaction in WPF

Abstract:

In this session, Ed and Grant will highlight many of the lessons they learned when developing the enterprise-level WPF reference application, Tangerine. Tangerine is an asset browser built using the data provider model to browse the Amazon online catalog. Additionally, they will discuss the Software Release Status application currently under development. This project management tool uses the power of WPF to visually represent the status of your software projects using data from your Team Foundation Server. You'll get an inside look at the interaction between development and design, and gain insight into practical solutions for common problems.

Brad Abrams, Group Product Manager for the Microsoft .NET Framework, will be the keynote speaker and will be talking about the Rising Tide of User Experience.  Pretty awesome!  You know we like UX!

Want to Save Some Money on Registration?

Well, just because I want to make sure everyone is coming... If you use the following RSVP code, RM07EXTB, it will save you $100 of your registration.

More Info

http://www.remix07boston.com

What to expect at ReMIX07 Boston …

If you’re in the web business, learn about:

  • Building a better user experience to unlock new revenue opportunities
  • Forging tighter, stickier customer connections
  • Building innovative media experiences into your site

If you’re a web developer, build:

  • Silverlight applications quickly and easily
  • Sites and applications that consume Windows Live services
  • Rich, interactive sites made for the next web

If you’re a web designer, learn about:

  • Using Silverlight to design gorgeous and highly functional user interfaces
  • How a real-world application is built and the best practices associated with it
  • The suite of Expression tools that revolutionize the way designers work with developers

If you attend, regardless of your job role, check out:

  • Xbox Gaming Area where you can test your skills at Halo 3 and Guitar Hero among others
  • Express Yourself Design Contest where key design agencies compete to solve a real-world design problem
  • Stay tuned: We may feature some cool products and demos around XNA, Popfly, Robotics Studio and Surface


It’s Happening Here

Monday-Tuesday, October 8-9, 2007

October 8:             Registration & Breakfast from 7:00-9:00 am
Keynote & Breakouts from 9:00 a.m.-5:45 pm
Welcome Reception from 6:00-9:00 pm

October 9:             Registration & Breakfast from 8:00-9:00 am

                                Keynote & Breakouts from 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Cambridge

575 Memorial Drive,
Cambridge, MA 02139

For directions click here.

 

Ed B.

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Come Hear Us! - Northern Jersey - UX and WPF



Come check us out if you'll be in the area!  Ambrose Little and I will be giving our WPF and UX talk on Thursday, August 2 at the New Jersey Microsoft Developer's Group in Iselin, NJ.  We've got some exciting new stuff if you've already heard this talk from us!

 

August 2nd, 2007

Windows Presentation Foundation, Infragistics

Humanizing Software: Creating Better User Experiences with WPF Ed and Ambrose will discuss the concepts and disciplines involved in the field of user experience and show how WPF can be used to empower developers to create better user experiences through some of its built-in features.

 

Ed B.

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Speaking at TECH Bash in the Poconos



Saturday, May 19th I'll be speaking in the Poconos in Pennsylvania at TECH Bash 2007.  If you'll be in the area, make sure you attend!

Session Topic:  Humanizing Software:  Creating Better User Experience with WPF

Session Description:  End Users today expect great and exciting experiences in their software that allow desirability, findability, and a high value of information presented. We will discuss Microsoft’s latest technology to enable developers to create great User Experiences by using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF.) We will also briefly cover User Experience (UX) and related topics.

Location: 

Luzerne County Community College
1333 South Prospect Street
Nanticoke, PA 18634-3899
800.377.LCCC

 

Ed B.

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