Here’s a nice little add-on to TFS that enhances the Task Board to visually show when a task is blocked, as well as a couple of other little goodies:
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Today I accidentally touched the Accept button on a LinkedIn spam request. Then I had to go searching for how to remove a contact, which is not obvious. Here are the steps I found that worked:
- First, select the Network tab on the top menu bar. This shows you the list of all of your contacts.
- Unfortunately, the list is in no particular order. So the next step is to change the sort order by clicking the down arrow next to Sort by and selecting New. This will put your latest connection at the top of the list.
- Now you have two options: (1) Check the box next to the contact you want to remove, then click the arrow next to the top More option. There you can select Remove connection from the drop-down list. (2) Alternatively, when you hover over an individual contact, a menu of options appears at the bottom of the contact item. There you can click the arrow next to the lower More option and select Remove connection from the drop-down list.
- That’s it! You have successfully removed your spam contact.
One of my awesome colleagues at Improving is up for an award. If you know Melissa (often responsible for coordinating our community events and get-togethers, plus all of the awards that Improving wins) please go vote for her.
Looking for great agile training with industry experts? Hunting questions to help your everyday work? Climbing the agile mountain and stuck? Not to worry, AgileDotNet is coming to Dallas on March 1st, 2013!
AgileDotNet unites the worlds of .NET development and Agile methods, delivered by agilists passionate about providing superior content in unique settings.
This will be the fourth year of AgileDotNet, and the content will rock you! AgileDotNet brings developers, QA, scrum masters, project managers, and business leaders with all levels of experience to empowering and unique sessions across four tracks. You’ll return to work with the tools, motivation, and support to be more agile – as an individual and as part of a team.
#ADN13 is different from those past. Despite maintaining a high bar for great workshops and discussions, we realized there was a common theme among many of the most steadfast agile coaches and leaders trying to bring change within their enterprise. The organizations are difficult to change. Budgets, risks, unfamiliar territory, and planning are all excuses that point to one thing. The enterprise has trust issues.
At #ADN13, we will break the trust barrier down. With a wrecking ball. You will learn from passionate field-tested agilists how to establish trust amongst the team, with management, and throughout the organization as a whole. Regardless of the role you play.
And as if the conference is not cool enough already with agile experts, Scrum experts, and FOOD TRUCKS! Improving decided to up the game another notch. After the conference on Friday, there is a Saturday March 2nd workshop at the Improving Offices. This is just crazy!
What? You haven’t registered? Quick, jump over to the registration site, and
Improving Enterprises is pleased to offer an Agile ALM with Microsoft Team Foundation Server Workshop. In this hands-on, mentored workshop, we will dive into how Visual Studio supports the Development process, the Quality Assurance process, and the Project Management process. We will have a full TFS environment, interactive labs, and instructors on hand for questions.
We will be breaking the day into the three segments. Each section will include a free form section to bring your problems to the ALM Team at Improving and get some much needed answers.
- Development Lifecycle Management is all about getting a streamlined routine that doesn’t hinder velocity and contributes to quality code. We will guide through developing, developer-testing, and deploying an application.
- Agile Project Management can be quite challenging, and managing multiple projects even more so. We will dive into how to set and measure effective KPIs, automate reporting, and manage work items in an effective, logical, and visible way.
- Quality Assurance Management is encapsulated in an agile environment able to effectively and quickly report on the status of the product. We will walk through defining test cases, writing test steps, recording automation, and enabling regression testing.
- Join us on
- and discover best practices around Agile ALM using Microsoft® Visual Studio and TFS. And don’t forget to bring your real-world problems for our on-site mentors!
Hope to see you there!
Next week is Wintellect’s Devscovery in Houston at the Microsoft offices. It’s a 3-day conference/training session where speakers cover 3 tracks of content all about .NET development.
Chris Weldon and I are giving a lunch-time presentation to everyone on Tuesday about test-driven development (TDD) and playing the pair-programming game to show how well TDD can work.
When: Monday, October 1st thru Wednesday October 3rd
Wintellect has a great reputation for providing quality developer training. And they’ve been delivering this conference for years all around the US. I’m sure the Houston event will be a great one, too!
Hope to see you there!
Amir Rajan and Venkat Palivela, two of Improving’s many brilliant developers, recently contributed to the Hackathon at the ATT Foundary this past weekend. This looks like a lot of fun and some great experience for high school students preparing to take on the next wave of innovation challenges.
Check out the article and video on WFAA’s website.
These two guys also contribute to open source, speak at public user groups, and do other cool stuff in the technology community. Amir even has a personal budget app in the Windows Phone Marketplace.