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Melissa Meeker Nominated for Top Female Executive Award

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.

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AgileDotNet and the ALM Workshop are coming to Dallas March 1 & 2

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 Dallas 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

Register Now!

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

March 2nd

    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!

Register Now!

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Speaking at Devscovery Houston

2012.09.26 1 comment

DevscoveryLogoNext 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

Where: Microsoft Corporation – 2000 W Sam Houston Pkwy, S Ste 350, Houston, TX

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!

Categories: Announcement, Community

Improvers at Mobile Hackathon

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.

Categories: Community

Scott Guthrie coming to Dallas for Windows Azure

On July 10th, come join the Microsoft Cloud Summit 2012 at Microsoft’s Las Colinas facilities.  Scott Guthrie will be there to deliver the keynote presentation and you’ll get to see in person the demonstration of all the newly announced Infrastructure as a Service capabilities, plus the Platform as a Service features that have just been added.  The newly minted Microsoft Cloud DE (but long-time MS Developer Evangelist), Chris Koenig, will be there.  Hopefully many of Improving’s devs will be there, too, since Improving is a member of the elite group of Microsoft partners in the Azure Circle.  We might even showcase some of our customer experiences with Azure.  Unfortunately, I won’t be there since I’ll be in Toronto for WPC

Register now before it fills up.

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User Group Presentation: Agile End-to-End

I recently gave a talk (twice) on end-to-end agile development with Visual Studio 2012.  I covered the base concepts of agile development and what makes it different from traditional software projects, then move on to the mechanics of scrum with a little demo of using Visual Studio 2012 tools to handle the roles of Scrum Master, Developer, and Tester.  Thanks to Shawn Weisfield for recording and posting to his awesome community support site. 

– Dallas ASP.NET User Group on Tuesday, May 22, 2012: http://usergroup.tv/videos/agile-software-development-end-to-end

– Dallas C# SIG on Thursday, Jun3 7, 2012: http://usergroup.tv/videos/agile-software-development-end-to-end-2 

If you get value from these recorded sessions (or any others on UserGroup TV), please Donate to help Shawn with his equipment costs.  http://usergroup.tv/about-us

Categories: Community

AgileDotNet Houston 2012

2012.04.11 1 comment

ADN Houston 2012We just got confirmation on the final slots for AgileDotNet Houston.  Chris Tullier, the region’s Microsoft Developer Technical Specialist and Improving alumnus will be delivering the opening keynote on agile development with Dev 11.  And, Markus Egger of EPS Software, a prolific writer, speaker, and Microsoft Regional Director, will be delivering the closing keynote.  AgileDotNet is April 20th, so if you’re in the Houston area, register now and come see the industry’s best and brightest!

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