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Enterprise Architecture – SOA with a Dash of PubSub

In the past few weeks, I’ve been helping a client come up with an Enterprise Architecture (EA), and I realized that I seem to have zero’d in on an enterprise architecture that I would probably use at most places. First off, what do I mean by Enterprise Architecture?  I know lots of people use this to mean different things. For this post, I’m using the term Enterprise Architecture to describe how the various applications and systems…
October 16, 2013
All PostsApplication Lifecycle ManagementTeam Foundation ServerVisual Studio

The Love/Hate Relationship with Work Item Tags

In Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2012 Update 2, Microsoft introduced the ability to tag Work Items. You can check out the full article form Microsoft here: I absolutely love the idea of tagging Work Items. Especially because they allow you to add custom metadata without needing to do any WITD customization. Product Backlog Work Item Tags As I mentioned in a previous post, this is a great help to enable the Single Team Project approach.…
October 15, 2013
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Why Automated Builds Are Absolutely Essential

A couple of weeks ago I was doing a roadshow where I showed some demos of TFS 2012 and its capabilities. I did a 4 hour demo that shows an end-to-end scenario, showing capabilities such as requirements management and elicitation, work management, developer tools, quality tools, testing tools, automated builds, lab management and reporting all using TFS. I visited 9 different companies, and most of them asked, “Why should we do builds?” This is something…
October 11, 2013
AgileAll PostsApplication Lifecycle ManagementProductivity

Frequent Status Updates – What They Really Mean

Are you (as a developer) inundated with frequent status updates? Requests like: “How far are you?” “What did you do today?” “Where are we?” Or are you a project manager that requests frequent status updates? Then this post is for you. Let’s start by defining frequent – I think this is going to be different for different teams, and will vary with the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) maturity within the team. I would go so…
October 10, 2013
AgileAll PostsApplication Lifecycle ManagementTeam Foundation ServerVisual Studio

Getting Results from Backlog Overview Report in TFS 2013 Preview

One of my favorite reports in Microsoft TFS is the Backlog Overview Report (Scrum) or User Story Overview Report (Agile). So after installing and playing with TFS 2013 Preview, I went to see what the report looks like. What I found wasn’t pretty. Although I could verify that there was data in the warehouse, the report stubbornly refused to show any data. Backlog Overview Report I thought that something was broken with my warehouse, so…
October 9, 2013
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Monitoring Web Applications – Continuous IntelliTrace

If you have Visual Studio Ultimate and are not using IntelliTrace in production, you should be drawn and quartered. This is arguably the best feature of Visual Studio Ultimate, and in my opinion this feature alone justifies the pricing (never mind Web Performance and Load testing, Code Maps, Code Lens, UML diagrams and Layer diagrams). The standalone IntelliTrace collector is amazing, and will run anywhere. It’s especially useful for diagnosing problems in Web Applications running…
October 8, 2013
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