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Scrum: Don’t Lick the Cookie

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I was reminded by a friend’s tweet this week about a piece of¬†advice I give in my Scrum talks — “Don’t Lick the Cookie”. ¬†This is my way of saying, when you’re doing Scrum Sprint Planning, don’t assign tasks. ¬†If you exit your Sprint Planning meeting with a bunch of PBIs and Tasks and those […]


.NET Rocks Episode: “The Scourge of Multitasking”

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Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell invited me on their podcast a few weeks ago to talk about “The Scourge of Multitasking” and that episode just dropped this morning. ¬†The conversation covered a lot of ground. ¬†We started off with how multitasking can crush your team’s productivity, talked about burnout, talked about focus, what “Done” actually […]


TFS Test Hub: What Does It All Mean?

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Ok. ¬†So if you want to do QA testing —¬†“manual testing” in Microsoftspeak¬†— with¬†Team Foundation Server (TFS) or Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), you’re going to spend a lot of time in the Test Hub. ¬†The vast majority of QA/manual testing features have moved to the web interface as of TFS2015 and the Test Hub […]


New Pluralsight Course: DevOps Skills with Visual Studio & TFS

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It’s been a long time coming and my latest Pluralsight course is finally out!¬† DevOps Skills for Developers¬†with Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server (TFS)! TL;DR — DevOps using Visual Studio 2015 and Team Foundation Server 2015 ‚Äď How do you do it and why you should care? This course will change your focus from […]


Enable Verbose Debug Mode for TFS Build vNext

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Here’s a¬†“hidden in plain sight” quick tip: how to turn on verbose debugging mode for your Team Foundation Server vNext Build. The short answer is that you need to set the ‘system.debug’ variable to true for your build. ¬†You can set this to true for a single instance of the build or you can change […]


Edit a Connection String from a TFS vNext Build

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In my last post, I talked about how to create an ASP.NET Web Application that’s easy to deploy from your Team Foundation Server vNext Build (TFS Build vNext). ¬†Well, part of the pain of deploying an ASP.NET Web Application (ASP.NET MVC or ASP.NET Web Forms) from a build is dealing with database connection strings. ¬†So […]


An ASP.NET MVC Site That’s Easy to Deploy from a TFS Build

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By this point, you’ve probably heard that Team Foundation Server 2015 has a completely new build system. ¬†As part of it, it organizese and compiles the code slightly differently¬†than the old XAML-based TFS Build system. ¬†First off, when you run a vNext build on a build server, you got four folders: a, b, s, and […]


Create a TFS Team Project via the web

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So all the hype and heat seems to be with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) lately. ¬†All the¬†newest and coolest features show up in the cloud-based version of Team Foundation Server first. ¬†Well, there’s still plenty of cool stuff in the on-premise version of TFS2015, too. But sometimes these features can be a little bit […]


TfsUtility: Import / Export Build & Release Definitions + more

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I’ve been doing a bunch of work with the new version of Build and Release Management in Team Foundation Server¬†2015 (TFS2015) lately and discovered a handful of things that I wish that I could do from the command line. ¬†Specifically, I wished that I could import and export my build definitions and release definitions. ¬†Well,¬†a¬†couple […]


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