Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

DevConf 2016 A Raging Success

Unless you have been living under a rock in South Africa, you should have been aware that DevConf was held yesterday.

I must admit it was an awesome day with everyone that gathered and all the energy that they brought!

I was lucky enough to be the first speaker in the DevOps track with my session “DevOps Demystified”. I was impressed, having  nearly full room (about 100 people) attending, and hope that everyone gained some value.

My slides can be found here

Kudos to the organisers and looking forward to the next one Smile

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

ALM Days Event : TFS 2015 - Open for all!?

I can hardly believe we are heading towards the end of the year.
With this brings the time for our final event this year on the 19th of November.

This time we are going to have a look at how TFS is opening up to everyone/everything around it, both in terms of functionality and flexibility.
We will briefly explore how TFS is opening up its doors to embrace extensibility and 3rd party systems, platforms and languages a like.
We will then delve into how we can manage technical debt with TFS and SonarQube.
If time permits, we will see some of the new features (yes even more) in the pipeline (TFS 2015 Update 1 is already in RC and there are some really cool features bundled in this update!).

Register on Eventbrite

Hope to see you all there !

Presented by Team Foundation Consulting
Thanks to Microsoft for sponsoring the venue.

Monday, October 5, 2015

ALM Byte Sized Session: Database as source wrap-up

I must admit, it was a very interesting session we had on managing databases last week.

Thank you again to Riaan and Roelof from Capfin, who took the time to show us what they have achieved, what they are using and where their problems are.

Some interesting question were posed and here is some feedback on the questions that we did not have a hope of answering on the spot:

Q) Is there any way to use something like Application Insights to trace database code?
A) As far as I can see not much to trace the code in a stored procedure or function. What is possible is something called "Dependency Tracker" that will track how long these calls to external systems (services calls, database calls etc.) take.

Q) How can we show Code Coverage in the new SonarQube C# plugin?
A) It seems you simply have to run the code coverage tool of choice and then import the code coverage result file as part of the runner settings. See this for more detail

Q) What is the table count limit in SQL?
A) Some useless information of the day: The sum of the number of objects (including objects such as tables, views, stored procedures, user-defined functions, triggers, rules, defaults, and constraints) in a database cannot exceed 2,147,483,647. (Cutting it close there Riaan Winking smile )

I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did, and hope to see you at the next and final session for the year  http://bit.ly/almdays where we will look at technical debt analysis and some new extensibility features in TFS 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ALM days 2015 - Byte sized sessions : Database as source

I often see that the database does not get the love from developers that they give their code. One big topic is always around the tooling and how expensive some of the database management tools are.

Well this session will hopefully give you some insight into the "free" tools that are available and built into the Visual Studio ALM stack.

Interested in how to manage database schemas / source and to discuss some of the scars that one of my client is in the process of picking up?

Our next session is on 17th of September 2015 at the Microsoft Offices in Pinelands. Feel free to register here : http://bit.ly/almdaysSept15 
(and invite anyone you think may be interested!)

Edit: We apologise, but Microsoft has scheduled Dev Days Cape Town on the 17th as well. Due to this conflict we a re-scheduling to the 1st of October 2015. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Thank you to Microsoft for sponsoring the venue for this session.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

TFS 2015 RC & VS 2015 RC announcements at //BUILD/

As expected there is a bunch of stuff being announced at //BUILD/.

Catch some of the highlights of TFS & VS 2015 from Brian's post and for a more comprehensive list of changes and features go here

Time to play Smile 

Monday, March 9, 2015

ALM days 2015 - Byte sized sessions : 11 June 2015


The first of 4 ALM sessions planned for Cape Town will take place on 19 March 2015* 11 June 2015 at the Microsoft Office in Pinelands.
Session topics:
What’s new in TFS ALM
We look at what has happened in the world of TFS in the last year. The new bits and pieces and some of the licensing changes that came into play making TFS much more affordable and accessible.

Real World Session: Let’s talk Release Management

MS Release Management is a great tool for pushing software into different environments. We hear some real world experiences on how RM can be used to move issues into production very quickly or alternatively leverage it to make your life a lot easier.
Register to join us.
Thank you to Microsoft for sponsoring the venue for this session.

*Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to re-schedule. We are looking forward to seeing you on the new date!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

TFS 2013 Update 4 finally released

For those of you who do not know, Microsoft released TFS 2013 update 4 with their Connect(); event yesterday/last night.

Some of the really cool stuff that I have been waiting for is the introduction of the Stakeholder licensing and Trend charts.

They also gave us a sneak peak of what is in the pipeline, and I for one am once again getting really excited.

One thing that caught my eye was some vNext features, for example the new build infrastructure that is going to be introduced. YES the build agent is finally going cross platform…
As per Brian Harry's post:

Sneak peek – Updated build service

I (Brian Harry) showed a preview of a major update to the VS Online/TFS build service that we’ve been working on.  We believe it will address a large portion of the suggestions to improve it that we’ve received.  Improvements include:

  • A much simpler customization experience that doesn’t require XAML/Workflow – just a simple sequence of tasks to execute.
  • A real time build output window to easily track the progress on your build
  • Build definition versioning/auditing so you can know who changed your build definition, what changes they made and why.
  • A web based editing/administration experience
  • The ability to share build agents across projects and collections, making shared build pools far more viable.
  • A cross platform build agent so that you can automate builds for Mac and Linux too (or even builds than span a PC, Mac and Linux).

See more exiting new from Brian's post.

Aaarrgghh; the wait…

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Day of DevOps, Release Management, Software Quality and Agile Project Requirements Management.

Microsoft is organising two events for September, one in Cape Town and one In Johannesburg. If you are interested in seeing what TFS has to offer, feel free to register and come and have a look.
For those of you who will be joining us at the Cape Town event, I will be presenting the session just after lunch: Managing Work, Projects and Requirements with Team Foundation Server.
I'll be delving into:
  • Requirements and Backlog Management
  • Task Allocation, Prioritisation and Planning
  • Agile Portfolio Management
  • Task Boards and Kanban Boards
  • Reporting and Integration
  • Test Case Integration
  • Project and Excel Integration
Hope to see you all there!

A Day of DevOps, Release Management, Software Quality and Agile Project Requirements Management
Are you looking to improve the way you manage software projects or release software? Perhaps you need some better processes for managing test cases and bugs?
Join us for 2 half-day sessions in Cape Town and Johannesburg where we will focus on these topics and more.

Morning Session:
Getting Started with DevOps, Continuous Delivery and Release Management
Audience: Developers, IT Professionals, IT Decision Makers, Testers, IT Managers
Release management and DevOps have become an important part of the modern application lifecycle.
This session will cover:
  • Release Management and Automation, Release Pipeline and Approvals
  • Treating Configuration as Code
  • Working with Chef, Puppet and DSC
  • Application Insights
  • Cloud-Based Load Testing
  • Production Debugging and Monitoring
  • Leveraging Azure for DevOps and Dev/Test Environments
  • System Center and TFS Integration

Afternoon Session:
Improving Software Quality and Requirements/Project Management Practices 

Audience: Business Analysts, Testers, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Developers,
IT Managers
Delivering high quality software that meets users' requirements is a risky undertaking. Development and quality assurance managers, along with product owners and business analysts, need to be in a tight partnership in the war against software bugs.
This session delves into this and is broken into two parts.
1. Managing Work, Projects and Requirements with Team Foundation Server
Team Foundation Server provides a wide set of capabilities for managing requirements and work. These allow you to implement your own practices, or incrementally adopt the most agile or other practices that best fit your team.
Topics that will be covered include:
  • Requirements and Backlog Management
  • Task Allocation, Prioritisation and Planning
  • Agile Portfolio Management
  • Task Boards and Kanban Boards
  • Reporting and Integration
  • Test Case Integration
  • Project and Excel Integration
2. Improve Software Testing with Team Foundation Server
Topics that will be covered include:
  • Planning and Managing Test Suites and Test Cases
  • Running Test Cases
  • Logging and Managing Defects
  • Web-Based Test Case Management and Execution
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Automated Testing

 
CAPE TOWN
Date:    10 September 2014
Venue:    Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa,
Century City,
Cape Town
Time:    09:00 - 16:00
RSVP:    Click here to RSVP
Event ID: 1032593595
Call: 0860 22 55 67
Email: saevent@microsoft.com
JOHANNESBURG
Date:    15 September 2014
Venue:    Microsoft Johannesburg Office,
3012 William Nicol Drive,
Bryanston
Time:    09:00 - 16:00
RSVP:    Click here to RSVP
Event ID: 1032593593
Call: 0860 22 55 67
Email: saevent@microsoft.com


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Release Management Event

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Last week Microsoft hosted a Release Management for Team Foundation Server 2013 talk where I ran through managing releases using Release Management.

I am pleased to say that there was literarily not a seat available, and the audience was responsive and interested. This is obviously a topic that is on a lot of people's minds.

For more information, you can visit the official site.Full_Small2

If you are interested, I have uploaded the slides here.

We will have to try and schedule a similar event shortly Smile

Thank you to all those that attended and participated, and to Microsoft for making it possible.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Release Management Event in Cape Town

Getting to know Release Management…

In partnership with Microsoft SA, Team Foundation Consulting will be bringing you an afternoon focussed on Release Management.

Join us and see how to manage your deployment to create better value.

This event is free and seats are limited.

Please reserve your seat now.

Monday, February 3, 2014

ALM days South Africa 2014

January 23rd 2014 saw the launch of ALM days SA in Cape Town.

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This event was organised and sponsored by Team Foundation Consulting, South Africa’s only consultancy focussed solely on ALM, TFS and Visual Studio.

Attendees came to learn about updates to Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management offerings which enable software development teams to be more productive and to collaborate more effectively.

The event aimed to provide insight, advice, strategies and techniques to improve quality and ensure that the final application meets the needs and expectations of users

A HUGE thank you to all who attended and participated in the first ALM days!!

We had a lively crowd of about 40 people, all of whom chose to spend their day learning something new.

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Some of the positive feedback from those who attended…

“Broad coverage of topics, well done”
Keynote was excellent, Agile was interesting, looking at new tools & features was great…”
“Great presentations, very informative. Awesome keynote…”
“…Lunch awesome & venue great. Thank you for taking the initiative of organising this day. Much appreciated.”
“Would be nice to see this every year.”
“Nice mix of topics – technical & theoretical.”
“Good speakers, good content, good location, learned a lot.”
“Hope you host TechDays 14.”
“Great food!”

Thank you to all our SPEAKERS who helped to make this event possible!

Roderick Lim Banda, our Keynote speaker, set the tone for the day and got everyone thinking about the future of IT and the people who are involved in the industry.

”Awesome keynote…” “Enjoyed Roderick’s views on CPT IT industry.” “Keynote was excellent…”

Cara Turner gave us some insight into a real world business situation where Agile proved invaluable.

Daniel van Wyk showed us how to incorporate SQL in the development process.

Dawie Snyman showed us a few of the cool features in TFS 2013.

Niel Zeeman provided insight on how to incorporate Quality Management & Enablement in day-to-day processes. He also showed us what is possible when it comes to Continuous Deployment as a key concept in Velocity Culture and how it all comes together.

A special thank you to Ahmed & Michelle from Microsoft SA who kindly organised the Visual Studio 2013 info sheets as well as the 2 books and Visual Studio USB’s which were given out to participantsDSCN0385

At Team Foundation Consulting, we saw the need to have
an ALM event where developers and members of the IT community could share experiences, learn new concepts, have access to experts and engage with likeminded individuals.

Judging from the feedback from those who attended…we were right!

We are proud to have launched ALM days, and we look forward to making the next one even better!

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We are currently in the process of gathering slides and will make them available on the ALM days site. Keep an eye out for updates either on http://www.alm-days.co.za , or on this blog.

Friday, November 29, 2013

ALM days : save the date…

ALM days logoALM days Cape Town is happening on 23 January 2014!

Team Foundation Consulting will be launching ALM days in Cape Town on 23rd January 2014!

Learn about updates to Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management offerings which will enable your software development teams to be more productive and to collaborate more effectively. This event provides insight, advice, strategies and techniques to improve quality and ensure the final application meets the needs and expectations of users.

Reserve your seat today!

Find out more at www.alm-days.co.za

The event is free and seats are limited.

Join us for an awesome day of ALM!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Launching…ALM days 2014 South Africa!

Finally, the time has come for us to launch the first ALM days in South Africa.

Team Foundation Consulting will be launching ALM days in Cape Town in January 2014!

Learn about updates to Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management offerings which will enable your software development teams to be more productive and to collaborate more effectively.

This event provides insight, advice, strategies and techniques to improve quality and ensure the final application meets the needs and expectations of users.

The event is free and seats are limited.
Date, venue and agenda to be confirmed soon.

Cape Town Event

If you are interested, sign up on www.alm-days.co.za and be first to be notified once all the details have been finalised.

We look forward to you joining us for a day focussed on Application Lifecycle Management.

Learn – Discuss – Question – Engage

Meet new & interesting people…

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SA Developer Meet : TFS and Visual Studio 2012

We have organised a SA Developer meet in Cape Town, Wednesday 31st of October.

I will be covering some of the new features that really get me exited with the new release of Team Foundation Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012.

I have some goodies and trial versions for some of the lucky people that will be attending.

Book now, seats are filling up!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

FREE Visual Studio ALM preview! - CAPE TOWN

Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server 2012 is here, and during the months of November and December Team Foundation Consulting will be offering your company a FREE 1 hour ALM session.
These sessions will cover some of the new features available in TFS and VS 2012 and aspects of ALM.

All sessions will be presented at your premises, and availability is limited.
To book or enquire about a session please email info(at)teamfoundation(dot)co(dot)za or contact us via our contact page.

Note: Min 5 attendees required for sessions.

JHB - sessions will be made available in January/February 2013 - email us if you are interested and we will advise you when the sessions become available.

Cape Town Software Week

The coming week (13 – 19 October) will be a busy week in Cape Town.
Starting on 13th with Software Week then ending with Microsoft TechDays on the 19th.
Cape Town Software week is going to be a very interesting week, covering everything from skill mentoring through to business and industry insights, really something that is a “must attend”.
I’ll be involved in some of the technical and skill mentoring sessions over the weekend..
see you there..

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Code Lab 2012 : Refactoring Talk

I can hardly believe it has been a week already since Code Lab 2012 kicked off in Somerset West. I must admit, I did gain a bit of insight into topics I have not really given much thought to previously. It was indeed an educational experience, I would definitely recommend it when Code Lab comes around again.

A couple of people have asked for the presentation slides and code on my talk “You want me to do what…” in which I took people through some patterns and conventions when refactoring an application.
I decided I’ll post it online in case anybody else is interested.

You can download the slides and the start and end solution here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Code Lab 2012

Instead of a Scrum Gathering this year, SUGSA is hosting Code Lab. It will be 2 days of hands on sessions and talks all around the technical practices you need to be successful with agile.

I almost feel out of my depth being a presenter amongst the list of revered people, both local and international.

For more information and a list of sessions visit : http://sugsa.org.za/code-lab/

Hurry up – tickets are limited!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Microsoft Analyst / Tester event in Cape Town

Anyone that is interested in an overview of managing and tracking requirements, bugs and test cases with Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio and/or Microsoft test Manager, I’ll be presenting an event at the Cape Town Microsoft offices next week.Check it out

Calling all Analysts and Testers: Improve the delivery and quality of your projects (CPT, 13 Mar,free)

This event is in CPT. The equivalent JHB event, which has been blogged about before, can be found here

Are you a tester or analyst on your team? Do you still track your requirements, test cases and bugs manually using Word, Excel and Outlook? Are the bugs you find difficult to reproduce and you have challenges on getting visibility on the quality and project status?

As software grows increasingly complex, quality assurance can no longer be an afterthought. An inefficient or isolated testing process can hinder software quality, reduce time to market and drive up costs. Microsoft is hosting an event to help your organization avoid these potential pitfalls by making testing and quality assurance an active part of the application lifecycle.

DATE/TIME: 13 March - 08:30: -10:30

VENUE: Microsoft South Africa, Golf Park 3 ,Engen HouseRaapenberg Road, Mowbray

COST: FREE

REGISTER : https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032505806&Culture=en-ZA

see you there…