Tag Archives: User Group

Canberra VS ALM – July Meeting

This month see’s VS ALM MVP Anthony Borton visiting sunny Canberra on the 7th to present on one of the great test automation features in the Visual Studio ALM suite.

Agenda

0810 – 0830: VS Breakfast

Share a bite to eat with the Canberra VS ALM group. Bring your Visual Studio and TFS queries and triumphs and share them! Quiz your peers on how they are getting the most out of Visual Studio and TFS, and maybe pick up some ideas you can take to work with you.

0830 – 0930 : Session – Coded UI tests in Action

As developers, it is easy to focus our testing efforts on unit tests and leave the rest to dedicated testers. Learn how this has changed with the new Coded UI Tests in Visual Studio 2010. Now we can create automated UI tests in code and have them run as part of our automated builds. In this session you will learn how to write effective and maintainable Coded UI tests and increase the quality of your application.

About the speaker

Anthony Borton is the lead ALM Consultant/Trainer for Enhance ALM Pty Ltd, an Australian consulting and training company specializing in Application Lifecycle Management and Microsoft Visual Studio. He has been working with Visual Studio Team System full-time since 2005. Anthony is a Microsoft MVP (Visual Studio ALM) and Australia’s first Professional Scrum Developer Trainer. He is also the president of the QLD ALM users group and maintains a blog at http://www.myalmblog.com

Head to http://cvsalmjul10.eventbrite.com/ to register for this event!

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Canberra VSTS User Group – March 2010 Meeting

March sees a slight break in schedule, with the Australian ALM conference in April we’ve decided to move the next meeting forward a month. This means our next meeting will fall on Wednesday, March 10th. The details are below:

0810 – 0830: VSTS Breakfast

Share a bite to eat with the Canberra VSTS group. Bring your VSTS queries and triumphs and share them! Quiz your peers on how they are getting the most out of VSTS, and maybe pick up some ideas you can take to work with you.

0830 – 0930 : SessionVisual Studio 2010 Tips and Tricks
Ducas Francis – Senior Consultant for Readify

Are you looking for an excuse to move to Visual Studio 2010, or do you simply want to know how to make the most out of an amazing new IDE…? Come see some of the cool new features in the latest release of VS2010 that can help you increase your productivity as a developer. You might even walk away with some insights into features you didn’t realise already existed. Just remember, ReSharper is a dirty word!

Thanks to the support of Microsoft, this month we have copies of Windows 7 Ultimate to give away! To go into the draw all you need to do is hand in your speaker evaluation form, with the winners being picked at random from the submissions.

Head here to register your attendance, and sign up here to get notified of upcoming meetings/news!

Canberra VSTS – February 2010 Meeting

0810 – 0830: VSTS Breakfast

Share a bite to eat with the Canberra VSTS group. Bring your VSTS queries and triumphs and share them! Quiz your peers on how they are getting the most out of VSTS, and maybe pick up some ideas you can take to work with you.

0830 – 0930 : Session Microsoft Lab Management
Mitch Denny – Chief Technology Officer, Readify

Mitch Denny has been working with Team System since early alpha versions in 2004. Since then Mitch has helped establish the ALM practice within Readify and has personally implemented Team System at many clients around Australia. Mitch is a VSTS MVP and now serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Readify establishing high performance project teams using Microsoft’s latest tools and technologies

In this session Mitch will introduce Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 then move on to demonstrating the advanced Lab Management features in the new product. In this session you will learn how an MTLM environment is structured and the various techniques you can use to get value out of the tooling.

Remember to submit your speaker evaluations at the end of the session for your chance to win a JetBrains ReSharper licence!

You can now register for this session at http://cvstsfeb10.eventbrite.com/

Canberra VSTS User Group – October Meeting

0810 – 0830: VSTS Breakfast

Share a bite to eat with the Canberra VSTS group. Bring your VSTS queries and triumphs and share them!
Quiz your peers on how they are getting the most out of VSTS, and maybe pick up some ideas you can take to work with you.

0830 – 0930 : Session – Using TFS in High Performance Teams

Tatham Oddie – Senior Consultant at Readify, Technical Lead at graysonline.com and an ASP.NET MVP presents a session on his experiences with working in a high performance team with TFS. In his own words…

The redevelopment of graysonline.com, Australia’s largest e-commerce site, was a relatively typical IT project; short deadlines, massively changing scope, and a high level of resource churn. Come along to this month’s Canberra VSTS Breakfast to hear how TFS made the delivery of this project possible.

We’ll discuss the development processes we used, how we extended TFS to enable these processes and the myriad of lessons we learnt along the way. Some of the things we’ll cover are:

  • Empowering developers & testers to work together
    • TFS deployer
    • Environment pooling
  • Decoupling deployments from sprints
    • Branch strategies
    • Rapid & Regular delivery
    • Flickr: “10 deployments a day”
  • Work Management
    • What we customised and why
    • The life of a Product Backlog Item

This is a session not to be missed! Register now at http://cvstsoct09.eventbrite.com/

What’s happening with the Canberra VSTS User Group?

It’s been a little while since we kicked things off again, and it must almost appear as if nothings happening! Rest assured, I’m working hard on locking in more presenters to continue the successful start we had with Anthony back in July. The next session was due to fall during the week of Tech Ed, so I’ve suspended for a month to avoid a numbers drain on the Tech Ed crowd.

The details of the October session should be up soon – I’m just finalising the little things for hopefully what will be another fantastic session. Stay tuned to canberravsts.org for more info as I publish it!

Canberra VSTS User Group – Call for Speakers!

A short time ago I was talking to a friend of mine Sean Ferguson about VS2010 and some of the things I talked about at Code Camp. During the talk we spoke about how it’s a real shame that the Canberra VSTS User Group was no longer in action. After I went home that night I decided I’d get in contact with a few people and investigate what it would take to get it off the ground again. A couple of months and a fair few emails and a website later and I’m putting out a call for speakers to get content for the re-launch of the group!

Who am I looking for?

If you’ve done something interesting with VSTS, fixed a tricky issue or just have some ideas around how to get things done with any of the parts of the VSTS product suite then I’d love to hear from you.

What’s the format?

I’m looking at either formal presentations or community discussion facilitation. If you’ve got something that fits into either of these categories – make sure you contact me!

I’ve never presented before…

No problems! First time presenters are more than welcome – and are in fact, encouraged. I’m happy to help out with content and presentation reviews, and put you in touch with people with years of presentation experience if you’re after advice. The best advice I ever got was to jump in. Presentation is an extremely rewarding endeavor both personally and professionally.

How can you contact me?

There’s a couple of ways to get in contact with me. You could head over to the canberravsts.org website and use the contact form, leave a comment on this blog or contact me directly via email.