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April 4th meeting – Diving into Team Foundation Server Extensibility

20 March, 2014

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TITLE:
Diving into Team Foundation Server Extensibility

PRESENTER:
Damian Brady

SESSION ABSTRACT:

Thought Team Foundation Server was a black box? Think again!

In this session, we’ll look at the many different options you have for extending TFS to get even more out of the product.

We’ll briefly talk about some of the more well-known extensibility features like Process Template Customization. We’ll then move onto some of the less well-known extensibility points, taking a look at the Server and Client Object Models and how you can use them to perform additional tasks and integrate with external systems. Finally, we’ll take a peek at some other quick and easy ways to subscribe to events and get information out of Team Foundation Server.

SPEAKER BIO:
Damian Brady is a Solution Architect and QLD State Manager for SSW in Brisbane, and he’s a recent MVP in Visual Studio ALM. He has well over a decade of experience in design, development and maintenance of critical systems in several industries including law enforcement and finance. His technical expertise is in Scrum, Team Foundation Server and software development in C#, ASP.NET, and HTML5/CSS/JS. The majority of his work is developing bespoke software, and mentoring and training developers and teams to make them more efficient and effective.

Date: Friday, 4th April 2014

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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March 21st meeting – A lap around Application Insights

5 March, 2014

NOTE: Our March meeting has been pushed back to the Friday 21st March instead of our usual first Friday of the month due to venue availability.
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TITLE:
A lap around Application Insights

PRESENTER:
Anthony Borton

SESSION ABSTRACT:
Application Insights is a feature of Visual Studio Online that enables engineering teams, IT operations, and other stakeholders to monitor the availability, performance, and usage of both applications and services.  In this presentation, Visual Studio ALM MVP Anthony Borton will demonstrate what Application Insights is and why you should be seriously looking at it today for your applications.

SPEAKER BIO:
Anthony Borton is a senior ALM consultant/trainer for Enhance ALM, an Australian based company specializing in helping organisations successfully adopt ALM best practices. He is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. Anthony is an engaging speaker with experience presenting at conferences around the world including Microsoft TechEd in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He is the author of eight TFS 2013 training courses and delivers the most comprehensive range of TFS courses in the world today. You can find out more about his courses at http://www.alm-training.com

Date: Friday, 21st March 2014

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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February 7th meeting – Gamification and Enterprise Solutions

14 January, 2014
Welcome to our first meeting for 2014!

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Abstract:

Gamification is about applying game concepts in a non-game context to motivate and engage users. It is about learning from games and applying those concepts. It makes technology more inviting by taking advantage of people’s innate enjoyment of play. I believe Gamification works really well with the learning based solutions, but what is its application beyond that. Can it be successfully integrated into complex enterprise solutions ? Lets Brainstorm ! I will present some of my ideas and then conduct a brainstorming session to listen from audience and learn from their experiences.

Speaker:

Mouna Neelakanta is a .NET developer working for RungePincockMinarco Limited. She develops enterprise solutions for the mining industry. She is currently working at integrating Gamification with complex enterprise financial solutions.

Date: Friday, 7th February 2014

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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December 5th meeting – Continuous Delivery of a Shrink-Wrapped Product

19 November, 2013
NOTE: Our December meeting is THURSDAY 5th December, not our usual Friday morning.

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Abstract:

How does a team move from 6 to 12 month releases and big upfront design when clients and management do not want to update more frequently? In this presentation I will introduce the new Microsoft Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 and show how it can be used for continuous delivery even if you only ship “releases” every 6 to 12 months.

Speaker:

Matthew Rowan currently works as Lead Developer on Business Intelligence software. In his own time he works on other software projects and is interested in micropreneurship. Outside of software Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 kids, gyming, running, riding, swimming and surfing.

Date: Thursday, 5th December 2013

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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November 1st meeting – A lap around Visual Studio 2013 ALM features

31 October, 2013
A look at all things new and exciting for ALM professionals using Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013.

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Abstract:
As a member of a software team, I’d love to get a lap around many of the new and improved features for Application Lifecycle Management in Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013. This will allow me to focus in on the key areas that I could start using in my role as a developer, tester, or business analyst.

Speaker:
Anthony Borton is an ALM trainer and consultant for Enhance ALM, an Australian based company specializing in helping organizations successfully adopt ALM best practices. He is a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio ALM as well as a Microsoft Certified Trainer. Anthony is an engaging speaker with experience presenting at conferences around the world including Microsoft TechEd in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He is the author of eight TFS 2012 training courses and delivers the most comprehensive range of TFS courses in the world today. Anthony was Australia’s first Professional Scrum Developer (.NET) Trainer and has completed over 58 Microsoft certification exams. He was one of the first people in the world to earn the new Microsoft Certified Solution Developer: Application Lifecycle Management certification. You can find out more about his courses at http://www.alm-training.com

Date: Friday, 1st November 2013

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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Oct 4th meeting – QALMUG’s Next Top Model

2 October, 2013

A look at the underappreciated Visual Studio Modelling tools.

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Abstract:
In this session we’ll at the following:
•    Managed / Windows Store and Native Code Analysis and Maintainability Index, Cyclomatic Complexity, Depth of Inheritance and Class Coupling Code Metrics
•    Application Modeling using Dependency Graph, Architecture Explorer, Layer Diagram, Code-Based Sequence Diagram and Code Clone Analysis
•    Dependency Management using NuGet

Speaker:
Steve Van Bodegraven has ridden the .NET Framework “wave” from v1.1, developing at the coalface in roles including .NET Developer, Build Engineer, .NET Technical Lead, and .NET Architect. Today, Steve works in Microsoft Services as a Developer Premier Field Engineer.

Date: Friday, 4th October 2013

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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August 2nd meeting – Load testing with Team Foundation Service

16 July, 2013

The next meeting of the QLD ALM Users Group is set down for Friday the 2nd August. I’m going to take the opportunity to use the meeting to practice one of my talks for TechEd Australia so I’ll be keen to hear your feedback after the session Smile

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Abstract:

Procuring and configuring infrastructure to generate load against your applications is both expensive and time consuming, especially as you only need to test load occasionally. In this session we’ll look at load testing in Visual Studio and then have a look at the recently announced cloud-powered load testing capability. You will see how you can use this service with just a Team Foundation Service account – that’s it and no other prerequisites. This elastic and dynamic load testing service makes it easy for you to run load tests, so you can spend time finding and fixing performance bottlenecks rather than setting up infrastructure.

Speaker BIO:

Anthony Borton is an ALM trainer and consultant for Enhance ALM, an Australian based company specializing in helping organizations successfully adopt ALM best practices. He is a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio ALM as well as a Microsoft Certified Trainer. Anthony is an engaging speaker with experience presenting at conferences around the world including Microsoft TechEd in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He is the author of eight TFS 2012 training courses and delivers the most comprehensive range of TFS courses in the world today. Anthony was Australia’s first Professional Scrum Developer (.NET) Trainer and has completed over 58 Microsoft certification exams. He was one of the first people in the world to earn the new Microsoft Certified Solution Developer: Application Lifecycle Management certification. You can find out more about his courses at http://www.alm-training.com

Date: Friday, 2nd August 2013

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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July 23rd 2013 Meeting–Testing and Debugging SharePoint 2010 Applications with Visual Studio 2012

14 June, 2013

The next meeting of the QLD ALM Users Group is set down for Friday the 5th July 23rd July. User group VP, Richard Angus, has kindly stepped forward to talk about tackling issues facing SharePoint developers.

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Abstract:

Update 1 and 2 of Visual Studio 2012 added some new functionality to help SharePoint developers. Among those changes, were changes that allowed SharePoint developers to use some of the testing framework enhancements. In this talk we will go through

  • Creating unit test using the SharePoint Emulator
  • IntelliTrace support for SharePoint
  • Web and Load Testing SharePoint Applications

Speaker BIO:

Richard Angus is an ALM consultant and trainer based in Brisbane, Queensland. He has worked for a number of organisations, including banks and major international IT Consulting companies such as Unisys where he was involved in small and large scale projects across Australia. He has helped a number of organisations upgrade to TFS from earlier products including a large VSS migration project for a large QLD government department. He is passionate about ALM practices, development and architecture, and currently provides consultancy services to organisations looking to improve their application architecture and development processes.

Date: Friday, 5th Tuesday, 23rd July 2013

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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June 7th 2013 meeting-Agile Project Management with TeamPulse by Telerik

4 June, 2013

The next meeting of the QLD ALM Users Group is this Friday. Telerik Developer Evangelist, John Bristowe is presenting a talk on how you can better manage your Agile Projects using TeamPulse.

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Abstract:

TeamPulse is project management software based on Agile best practices. It helps you manage requirements & bugs, plan releases and track progress, all while keeping your team constantly connected. This presentation will demonstrate how it supports integration scenarios, helps you capture customer feedback, leverages a wide range of reports, and allows you to collaborate on projects. Prepare yourself for a demo-heavy session on agile project management with TeamPulse!

Speaker BIO:

John enjoys all the meats of our technology stew, hacking everything from angle brackets to .NET. His heart is in modern web standards like HTML5 and CSS3. Once a Microsoft MVP awardee for his work in the developer community on ASP, ASP.NET and the Microsoft Web services stack, now a Developer Evangelist with Telerik. John has spent many years developing software for BeOS, variants of Linux and UNIX and, of course, Windows. Plus a great deal of time building Web and rich client applications. His thing is showcasing awesome development tools and platforms. He really wants developers to realise their potential through the solutions they build for the client, phone, web and cloud. He blogs at bristowe.com.

Date: Friday, 7th June 2013

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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May 10th 2013 Meeting–Delivering Continuous Value

22 April, 2013

This month I’m presenting a session titled Delivering Continuous Value – A look at Visual Studio Update 2. See how Microsoft are delivering continuous value to MSDN subscribers through their increased release cadence.

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Abstract:

Agile and Lean methodologies are intended accelerate our ability to deliver value to our customers. Using these methodologies, companies are increasing the frequency with which they release updates to their products. Microsoft have embraced this and have changed their release cadence for Visual Studio starting with the 2012 release. Largely driven by the new hosted TFS service, Microsoft update the hosted TFS Service approximately every 3 weeks and the on-premise TFS every 3 months. The recently released Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 included over 37 new or improved features as well as more than 86 fixes.

In this demo filled session, Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP, Anthony Borton, look’s at many of the new and improved features in Update 2 including Work Item tagging, Kanban Board customisation, Web based test case management and more.

Speaker BIO:

Anthony Borton is an ALM trainer and consultant for Enhance ALM, an Australian based company specializing in helping organizations successfully adopt ALM best practices. He is a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio ALM as well as a Microsoft Certified Trainer. Anthony is an engaging speaker with experience presenting at conferences around the world including Microsoft TechEd in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He is the author of eight TFS 2012 training courses and delivers the most comprehensive range of TFS courses in the world today. Anthony was Australia’s first Professional Scrum Developer (.NET) Trainer and has completed over 58 Microsoft certification exams. He was one of the first people in the world to earn the new Microsoft Certified Solution Developer: Application Lifecycle Management certification. You can find out more about his courses at http://www.alm-training.com

Date: Friday, 10th May 2013

Time: 7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where: Microsoft Office – South Stradbroke Island room Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane

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Sponsor – Enhance ALM Pty Ltd

This month’s meeting sponsor is Enhance ALM who have a number of TFS 2012 training courses coming up in Brisbane next month. In addition to the normal classroom experience, all of these courses can be attended “online” while still offering the full interactive training experience. Time is running out to get a 15% early bird discount.

MAY 2013

6th & 7th – Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012

15th & 16th – Test Automation, Web Performance and Load Testing with Visual Studio 2012

20th & 21st – Managing Projects with Visual Studio 2012

22nd & 23rd – TFS 2012 Developer Fundamentals