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Totally Unofficial "Build 2013 Awards"

Posted by Brad Newman on Jul 15, 2013 3:00:28 AM

If there was one overriding theme to the comments that I heard, and made, about Microsoft’s Build 2013 Conference, it was about the lack of session details available to attendees prior to the event. At registration, the only information provided were the titles, times, presenters and the notoriously subjective and ambiguous “level.” Detailed descriptions were not available until an update to the Channel 9 Events app that occurred late on the first day. Deciding between “New Platform Capabilities for Advancing Web Development” and “Improving Developer Productivity and Software Quality and Software Quality with Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Tools” is a Rorschach’s test in nerd perception.

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Topics: Microsoft, Professional Effectiveness

The Problem of Velocity

Posted by Brad Newman on May 13, 2013 5:39:21 PM
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Topics: Methodologies, Microsoft

TFS and Continuous Deployment Part 4: Parameterized Deployments

Posted by Brad Newman on Feb 11, 2013 5:37:24 PM

This is the final part of a four-part series on using Team Foundation Server and Team Build to set up a continuous deployment environment.

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Topics: Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Microsoft

TFS and Continuous Deployment Part 3: Creating Team Build

Posted by Brad Newman on Nov 26, 2012 1:52:32 PM

This is the third part of a four-part series on using Team Foundation Server and Team Build to set up a continuous deployment environment.

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Topics: Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Microsoft

TFS and Continuous Deployment Part 2: Preparing the Project

Posted by Brad Newman on Oct 1, 2012 3:43:01 PM

This is the second part of a four-part series on using Team Foundation Server and Team Build to set up a continuous deployment environment.

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Topics: Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Microsoft

TFS and Continuous Deployment Part 1: The Lay of the Land

Posted by Brad Newman on Jul 30, 2012 10:42:35 AM

On a web application project recently, I wanted to work myself out of the job of release coordinator. It’s a mundane, error prone and thankless task that needs to get done, a perfect job for a machine.

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Topics: Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Microsoft

Sprint 0: A Plan for Project Discovery

Posted by Brad Newman on Jun 1, 2012 11:24:51 AM

When a project starts, Scrum based teams are challenged with transforming the the chrysalis of a charter or RFP into the butterfly of a Product Backlog. The pressure of this challenge is even greater when delivering under a fixed priced project. The last thing a team needs is the distraction of explaining the mechanics of Scrum to business partners such as the Product Owner. Therefore, it is imperative that a clear plan for Sprint 0 (or the Discovery period) is layed out so that all participants are clear on their roles and the process of narrowing the cone of uncertainty is undertaken as soon as possible.

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Topics: Methodologies

ASP.NET MVC 4 Web API: HTTP Isn’t Just For Browsers Anymore

Posted by Brad Newman on Mar 12, 2012 3:00:41 AM

The samples and walkthroughs of the Web API in the ASP.NET MVC 4 beta have been proliferating ever since it was released a few weeks back. Rather than rehash them here, I’d like to point you in their direction and then spend some of this space to talk about the implications of this latest development in Microsoft’s web stack.

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Topics: Internet Technologies, Microsoft

Scrum For Your Life! – It’s the Pomodoro Technique

Posted by Brad Newman on Jan 4, 2012 11:47:57 AM

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Topics: Methodologies, Professional Effectiveness

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