Register to attend the Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference

Hi All – I wanted to let you know about a great free event that Microsoft and the MVPs are putting on, May 14th & 15th.  Join Microsoft MVPs from the Americas’ region as they share their knowledge and real-world expertise during a free event, the MVP Virtual Conference.

The MVP Virtual Conference will showcase 95 sessions of content for IT Pros, Developers and Consumer experts designed to help you navigate life in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.  Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform, Steve Guggenheimer, will be on hand to deliver the opening Key Note Address.

Why attend MVP V-Conf? The conference will have 5 tracks, IT Pro English, Dev English, Consumer English, Portuguese mixed sessions & Spanish mixed sessions, there is something for everyone!

Come learn from the best and brightest in the tech world today. All of the sessions will all be delivered by the Americas’ Region Microsoft MVPs. These MVPs are experts who present at premiere conferences, independent community events and local user groups all over the globe.

This is a technical conference focused on helping attendees to learn and develop skills for everything from everyday technical work to wackier weekend projects. Whether it is on the IT Pro, Dev or Consumer side of things, you can bet that the content of MVP V-Conf will be cutting edge, exciting and relevant.

Be sure to register quickly to hold your spot and tell your friends & colleagues.

The conference will be widely covered on social media, you can join the conversation by following @MVPAward and using the hashtag #MVPvConf.

Register now and feel the power of community!

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Managing distributed, part-time and virtual teams – Part 1 … Normali[s|z]ed estimations?

Managing distributed, part-time and virtual teams – Part 1 … Normali[s|z]ed estimations?

Good reading about real experience of managing ALM Rangers teams

Agile vs Scrum Process Templates in Team Foundation Server

Agile vs Scrum Process Templates in Team Foundation Server

I would mostly agree with Martin’s conclusion…

Just got ALM Ranger “933>| (Geek) champion” award again

It’s pleasure to have it second year in a row. My congratulations to all the Visual Studio ALM Ranger 2014 Champions‎!

Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine gets more power

As per Brian Keller’s message, the Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine was recently upgraded to include the sample content and hands-on-labs / demo scripts which were previously introduced for Visual Studio 2010 and 2012 capabilities. This brings the total number of hands-on-labs and demo scripts which work with this VM to 24.

He also used this opportunity to address some fit-and-finish feedback we received on the initial release of the 2013 ALM VM, so it should be a nice improvement all around. As a reminder you can find the full list of ALM virtual machines here.

Multithreading In C# 5.0 Cookbook

Multithreading In C# 5.0 Cookbook

New book by my friend and MVP colleague Eugene Agafonov. Worth to buy just for $5.00

RTM Version of Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine

Brian Keller posted new updated version of famous Visual Studio ALM virtual machine. This machine now contains RTM version of Visual Studio 2013, TFS and Release Management. As usual, there are hands-on-labs / demo scripts as well. You can download it from:

You can also find a consolidated list of all of the ALM virtual machines here:

Team Foundation Service is getting chart pinning and load imporvements

Team Foundation Service is getting chart pinning and load imporvements

Last Friday Visual Studio team has pushed new bits to Team Foundation Service – chart pinning and load improvements. Read details in Brian’s post.

Tools that simplify your TFS management’s life

TFS Team Project Manager

https://teamprojectmanager.codeplex.com/

Automates various tasks across Team Projects in Team Foundation Server. If you find yourself managing multiple Team Projects for an organization and have recurring tasks and questions that repeat themselves over and over again, Team Project Manager probably has some answers for you.

TFS Team Project Manager

TFS Event Manager

https://tfseventmanager.codeplex.com/

Allows you to manage Team Foundation Server event subscriptions as well as help troubleshoot event job processing.
If you’ve read Grant’s blog you’ll know why this is convenient.

TFS Event Manager

TFS Workspaces Cleaner

https://tfsworkspacescleaner.codeplex.com/

Deletes Team Foundation Server workspaces that have not been accessed in a number of days, along with their files locally on disk.
This is especially useful on build servers, where build definitions that have not run in a while can take up large amounts of disk space (which is not even cleaned up by build retention policies). Since it is a command-line tool, this cleanup can easily be automated as a Windows Scheduled Task.

TFS Workspase Cleaner

TFS Storage Explorer

https://tfsstorageexplorer.codeplex.com/

Allows browsing the Team Foundation Server (non-version control) storage for TFS 2013 or above.
In case you’re wondering (like me) where the default build process templates are now being stored and what else is stored outside of version control.

TFS Storage Manager

ALM Rangers news: New Unit Test Generator and more

ALM Rangers news: New Unit Test Generator and more

Willy-Peter Schaub just posted new version of the ALM Rangers Flash. You can learn about updated version of Unit Test Generator, new e-book about building release pipeline, Ranger’s telemetry and more.