Monday, November 19, 2007

Presenting on TFS Wed. Nov. 28th at Columbus XP User Group

Stop by and see me present on Agile using VSTS and TFS 2008 Wed. Nov. 28th at Columbus XP User Group. Go easy if you attend...no hecklers. ;-)


Meeting Topic: Agile with Team Foundation Server (TFS)
Do you expend lots of time and effort inquiring about the status of your projects and setting up infrastructure rather than delivering value? Is it almost impossible to determine progress and velocity using your current process? Do developers constantly tell you, "Hey, no worries...I'm about 80% done"? Well kiss those days goodbye with the introduction of Microsoft's Team Foundation Server (TFS).

TFS coupled with Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) delivers a complete SDLC management, development, testing, and release solution. Targeted to all the roles involved with the SDLC (developers, testers, PMs, BAs, stakeholders, architects, build masters, etc.), TFS assists you in managing requirements, tracking traceability and defects, improving code quality, and most importantly, facilitating communication amongst all members of the team. TFS supplies process templates but by modifying those processes and extending TFS functionality, you can assuage TFS to accommodate the unique aspects of your process.

TFS is a software product but its features bring about the potential for a strong agile-based solution for your custom software development. In this session, we'll
quickly review the agile principles, cover some of TFS and VSTS's features, map those features to agile principles, and finally, investigate a typical agile software development process as executed leveraging TFS.

About the Speaker: Jeff Hunsaker
Developing and architecting solutions and leading teams for over 12 years, Jeff Hunsaker grew tired of failed projects due to flawed processes. Eager to meet with success, he began to investigate more agile methodologies. While still far from expert rankings, agile principles of software development restored Jeff's faith in effectively and efficiently producing custom business software. He considers learning the agile principles an ongoing endeavor.

Jeff works for Cardinal Solutions as a Managing Consultant and lead for Cardinal's Columbus Microsoft practice. His career thus far includes exposure to industries
including: interactive marketing, e-commerce, military, finance, transportation/logistics, and software products. Jeff likes to relive the glory days remembering leading the
team to build art.com in the late 90's. His biggest responsibility though, is raising his two sons aged 3 and 4 months. In his spare time (with two kids...are
you kidding?), Jeff enjoys reading, online marketing, writing, and taking his sons to the zoo.

Meeting Info:

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28th in the Smith Private Dining Room from 11:30am to 1pm. Please mark this date on your calendars. You can bring your lunch or purchase lunch in the OCLC cafeteria. To register for this meeting, send email to lfarrenkopf@earthlink.net . For directions to OCLC, please visit our website at www.cardinalsolutions.com/XP

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