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Why You Should Use Azure DevOps For Your Next Application

By Application Development, Azure, DevOps

DevOps has a different meaning to everyone, but most would agree, at its core, that it is a set of practices to deliver a higher quality product. Recently, one of our clients modernized a full suite of their applications to better manage their long-term needs. Among the expected technical challenges of updating a handful of projects in parallel came the desire to minimize downtime between projects. It became apparent that effective collaboration would be a key component to creating a smooth handoff from analysis/design to development/QA and finally to deployment/maintenance. For our use, Azure DevOps served as a team-wide collaboration tool used in all project iterations to equip our team for success.

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The thing about working remote, is in order to be effective, your whole team needs to be effective. Once you find a good rhythm though you might even find yourselves more productive than when you were in the office!

A Day in the Life of Working Remote at Imaginet

By #ImaginetLife, All Posts, Business Intelligence, Modern Workplace, Office 365, Productivity, SharePoint, Teams

Business responses to COVID-19 have created a rapid shift to work from home and/or remote working. This has quickly affected all industries and has provided challenges for some organizations that were historically “onsite” focused. The past month at Imaginet we have had almost zero impact to our operations due to 1) most of our client projects are done remotely, 2) most of our employees are used to delivering quality work from home/remote, and 3) we…

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How To Create Mermaid Diagrams in Azure DevOps Service

By All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, DevOps, Tutorials, Videos

When documenting your software project, have you ever resorted to putting flowcharts, sequence diagrams, or Gantt Charts into external documents, like a Word document? This creates a challenge when you need to link a Work Item or even to a WIKI page to those diagrams in that external documentation. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just create, edit, and manage the diagrams and charts directly in the WIKI page itself? Well, now you can! Azure…

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Tracking Progress with Rollup Columns in Azure DevOps

By All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, DevOps, Tutorials, Videos

Previously in Azure DevOps, it has been a bit cumbersome to track the progress of parent Work Items in the Azure Boards backlog view. But now, with the introduction of Rollup Columns, you can visually see which items are being worked on and how close they are to being completed. We read about them in Microsoft Azure DevOps Sprint 157 release notes, but the notes did not provide information on how to see them. In…

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2 Simple Steps to Optimize DevOps

By All Posts, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management, DevOps, Visual Studio

The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, famously said that “every company is a software company.” When you’re looking to improve your organization’s ability to develop and deliver valuable software, pivot when necessary, and beat competitors to market, then you must plan smarter, collaborate better, and ship software faster than ever before. And to do this, you need solid DevOps best practices and tools within your organization. Here are two simple steps to take your DevOps…

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Work Item Parent Column in Azure DevOps

By All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, DevOps, Tutorials, Videos

One highly requested, yet simple, feature that has recently been added to Azure DevOps Services is the Work Item Parent Column feature. With this feature, you can now add a column to show the parent of a Work Item in a flat list DevOps query and in your product backlog or sprint backlog. This seems simple, but this missing feature has caused a lot of frustration for Azure DevOps users over the years. In this…

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Work Item Live Reload in Azure DevOps

By All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, DevOps, Tutorials, Videos

Previously in Azure DevOps, if two team members were updating the exact same Work Item at the exact same time, the team member who clicked “Save” last would lose their changes. This can be very annoying and frustrating, especially when team members are trying to work concurrently to maximize their productivity. Introducing Azure DevOps’ new Work Item Live Reload feature. Now each team member will see live updates of any Work Item changes made by…

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DevOps Defined in 3 Simple Sentences

By Agile, All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, Azure, DevOps, Videos, Visual Studio

Many of us are already familiar with the general concept of DevOps . But when asked by someone unfamiliar with DevOps, “What exactly is DevOps?”, it can be very tough to succinctly explain. In the latest Azure DevOps update video, Microsoft provides the perfect definition of DevOps in 3 simple sentences (jump to 02:45 in the video down below): “Think of DevOps as one continuous motion, where you plan, build, deploy, and operate your apps….

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How to Run .NET Core Selenium Tests in Azure DevOps

By All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, DevOps, Testing, Tutorials, Videos, Visual Studio

If you’re interested in running .NET Core Selenium Tests in Azure DevOps, then you’ve come to the right place. In my newest video, I will provide a detailed walk-through that will demonstrate step-by-step how run your .NET Core tests – specifically Selenium tests – using both Visual Studio and Azure DevOps. And as always, if you need any help with Azure DevOps, just know that Imaginet is here to help. Our Imaginet Certified DevOps and…

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How to Use the Azure DevOps REST API with PowerShell

By All Posts, Application Lifecycle Management, DevOps, Tutorials, Videos, Visual Studio

Using PowerShell to call the Azure DevOps REST API is simple, yet very powerful. In my newest video, I will provide a detailed walk-through and demo of how to use the Azure DevOps REST API with PowerShell. In addition, here are handy links to some of the references I mention in the video: Azure DevOps Services REST API Reference: Best Practices for Working with URLs in Azure DevOps Extensions and Integrations: Gist to…

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