Mapping Covey Quadrants to TFS Work Items

Team Foundation Sever is a funny tool in that it provides all of the mechanics to organize your work, but often does not provide the guidance necessary to organize it. This is where consultants are often called in. One area that I keep seeing confusion on is how to determine…

Your Karma wireless hotspot - a first look

I've been holding off on buying a Wi-Fi hotspot for a while now. I'm not sure why, probably because I'm stubborn, but recently I found Your Karma and it seemed just the right fit. Features Your Karma has a few good ideas going for it. For example, the features that…

Java builds with TFS

For a long time Many developers thought of Mucrosoft as a closed environment. Visual Studio is designed to work best with .NET; however, Microsoft is putting in a lot of effort to make Team Foundation Server language agnostic. To that effort, they have built tools to allow Java developers to…

Should I use waterfall, agile, or lean project management methods for my project?

A question frequently asked among team members and stakeholders is related to project management style. For years members learned about project management techniques specific to the waterfall model. Specialized versions of it came about in both the Rational Unified Process and the Capability Maturity Model. In the last 5-10 years…

Team Foundation Server 2013 New Features

There are so many great new features of TFS 2013, that I've authored another new Pluralsight course. This course covers the Team Foundation Server 2013 New Features. This includes the Portfolio Management, Team Rooms, Work Item Charts, Lightweight code commenting, Git support, and Testing through Web Access. To see a…

Managing Work with Team Foundation Server 2012

Managing Work using Team Foundation Server allows you and your team to be more effective and more transparent. This course in the Pluralsight library will look at managing the details of your project using the new features of TFS 2012. With the powerful new Team Web Access for TFS 2012…