TFS CTP shipped this week

The new TFS CTP is available for download here. Brian Harry highlighted its main points in his blog post. Exciting points are the new Agile work item tracking improvements, and Build.vNext, most of which I have been able to use for a while at VSO.

Check it out!

Next meeting of the Austin TFS Users Group: get ready for heavy weight TFS Process Template Customizations

 

Austin TFS Users Group

Friday, February 6, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (CST)

Austin, TX

TFS Process Template Customizations

Abstract

During this presentation you will learn about customizing the process configuration and work item templates for TFS 2013.


Process Configuration

Areas covered will be configuring a backlog page, map metastates, assign fields used in agile planning, specify weekend days, and changing the color of a work item type.


Work Item Template: Programmability

TFS work items do not allow scripting or code to run however there are dynamical capabilities such as rules, actions, and certain form controls that can be used to simplify or even automate activities in a work item. We will look closely at these capabilities and explore how they can be used.

Presenters

George Altenbaugh

George is an ALM Architect/Project Manager/Scrum Master with 20 years of experience working with companies such as Deloitte Consulting, Trilogy/pcOrder, Coremetrics, and Dell. He has managed software development projects for state governments in California, Washington, Kentucky and Texas and companies such as Ingram Micro, Bay Networks, and Volvo. George helped Dell implement TFS as the complete ALM solution for the IT and product development groups. He combined the Scrum and CMMI TFS 2010 templates to model the Dell SDLC and then managed and implemented the TFS Process Template changes to keep abreast of Dell's dynamic development methodology.

George has a B.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University of Pa. and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. He is married to Kathy and has 3 beautiful daughters. In his spare time he is a Porsche Club driving instructor and is the President of the Northwest Pony Softball League.


Tim Pacl

Tim is an ALM Architect/TFS Administrator/Scrum Master currently working for Dell in Round Rock, Texas. He retired from the U. S. Navy in 1996 where he was a nuclear technician and supervisor aboard submarines, as well as a certified navy instructor and instructor trainer. He has been working in the computer industry since 1996 as a developer, build master, and ALM Architect for various companies including Dell, Microsoft, and his own consulting company. Tim holds multiple certifications including Master Training Specialist, Scrum Master, and Universal Refrigerant Technician. He is a member of the Austin TFS User Group leadership team and is a TechNet Guru. Tim has been married for over 30 years and has 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren. In his spare time he resolves issues for his TFS customers, plays with his grandkids, and occasionally sleeps.

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