Thursday, November 4, 2010

DogFood III Conference –Nuts and Bolts of Visual Studio Scrum v 1.0 Process Template

DF2010-LOGOThe presentation deck that I used at  Third Annual DogFood Conference is available for download or viewing on my skydrive.
For additional information please check out following resources:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Presenting at DogFood v3 Conference (#dogfoodcon) - Nuts and Bolts of Visual Studio Scrum v1.0 Template

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Dog Food Conference (  There will be speakers from MS Gold Certified Partners, MS MVPs, IT authors, community leads, and MS corporation subject matter experts and evangelists.  There will designated areas for hardware demos from  HP, Polycom, Dell and Windows Phone 7. Agenda and schedule for hardware demos at download agenda links.

DF2010-LOGOWhen: November 4-5, 2010  8:10–4:30 PM
Microsoft Office - 8800 Lyra Dr, Suite 400, Columbus, OH 43240
Who should attend: CIOs, IT Managers, IT Pros, developers, collaboration specialists, CISOs, business analysts, project managers

My Abstract:
Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server (TFS) are the cornerstones of development on the Microsoft .NET platform. These tools represent some of the best opportunities for success and to experience a focused and smooth software development process. For TFS 2010 Microsoft heavily invested in Scrum and is moving some internal product teams onto the approach.

This session is not about Scrum in depth, (for that please visit but rather, we will cover the lifecycle of creating work items and how this fits into Scrum using Visual Studio ALM and Team Foundation Server. We will cover in detail:

  • How to successfully gather requirements
  • How to plan a project using TFS 2010 and Scrum
  • How to work with a product backlog in TFS 2010
  • The right way to plan a sprint with TFS 2010
  • Tracking your progress
  • The right way to use work items
  • Leveraging built-in reporting and Project portals available on the SharePoint dashboard
  • Reports targeted to the Product Owner / Project Manager

You will walk away knowing how to interpret and understand a project health and progress. Visual Studio ALM is designed to address many of the problems faced by teams using traditional approaches. It does

so by providing a set of integrated tools to help teams improve their software development activities and to help management better support the software development processes.

Friday, September 24, 2010

10-4, Next Chapter in My Life

I have been doing consulting work at Quick Solutions since April 2004, during this time I had a privilege to work with some of the brightest people. There is no need for me to list all the talented people that are (or were) working at QSI. Quick does not need any introductions, everyone in Central Ohio knows about the company; we even have a joke that if you want to grow in your career you have to work at QSI at some point of your life. 

As time is a continuum of change; the change in my life is a new job opportunity at Cardinal Solutions. I am looking forward teaming up with Jeff Hunsaker, Visual Studio ALM MVP (my new boss) to deliver the goodness of VS\TFS 2010 and .NET4. Working with Jeff will give me an opportunity to take my consulting skills to the next level.

As Archimedes said long time ago: “Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth” <>, but seriously I am looking forward contributing to Cardinal Solutions practices, meeting new clients/opportunities, expanding people's awareness of Microsoft tools, .NET, and agile practices.

How appropriate that my true first (zero based) day at Cardinal will fall on 10-4 !

Friday, August 27, 2010

So I have join the club of people that have problems with using Cisco VPN Client

If you are starring at the screen and see a messages like: “Unable to establish VPN” or “The VPN client agent was unable to create the interrocess communication depot” you may be in luck.

Assuming that you have checked the oblivious like, correct username/password or right server connection you may be a victim of “Internet Connection Sharing”.

I have been running Window Server 2008 R2 for some time and love it because of the power of Hyper-V with regards to managing my virtual environments.  One thing that I have done is shared my Wireless Adapter with my virtual Adapter so I can get internet connectivity to my VMs while I am connected to WIFI.

Little that I knew that it would interfere with my ability to use Cisco VPN.  I even un-installed and try to re-install the client to be greeted by more errors:


At the end all I had to do is to disable “Internet Connection Sharing” and Cisco VPN started to work.


I hope it will save you some time.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Accessing TFS2010 from Visual Studio 2008

I have run several times into a question: Can I (How Do I) connect to TFS2010 from Visual Studio 2008? The answer is YES you can, and here what you need to do:

1. Make sure that Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2008 has been installed

2. Download and install Visual Studio Team System 2008 Service Pack 1 Forward Compatibility Update for TFS 2010.

3. Configure connection to your TFS server.

In TFS2010 we now have ability to host multiple collections, groups of Team Project, so as result when accessing to TFS2010 we need to know what collection we are interested in.

General TFS connection constructed like:

http(s)://{Server Name}:{Port}/{Directory}/{Collection Name}

where as:

  • {Server Name}, either the name of the server TFS2010 installed on (application tier) or Fully Qualify Domain Name that would resolve to the location of your TFS server
  • {Port }, the port configured for TFS access
  • {Path}, the path to installed TFS services
  • {Collection Name}, name of TFS Team Collection

If you have installed TFS2010 following default suggestions it would be something like that: http://{Server Name}:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection

For example if you have downloaded VS2010 RTM Virtual Machine from Brian Keller’s blog then you can access TFS server from VS2008 by configuring connection string as:


4. But there are limitations on what you can do from Visual Studio 2008 Team Explorer with TFS2010, some of the big ones:

  • Creating new Projects
  • Working with Hierarchical WorkItem Queries
  • Managing Builds
  • Reports
  • etc

Due to all the new features made to TFS2010.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 is out in the wild

Until recently only short lived eScrum template was the only attempt by Microsoft to bring Scrum framework into TFS Process. With recent attention to ALM, Microsoft took a second stab at Scrum template and they have made a fantastic job.  You can download the template from Visual Studio Gallery.

There are plenty blogs, I highly recommend that you check at least:
 Aaron Bjork, Announcing Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0
 John Bristowe, Installing Scrum Template

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Follow up on Two Day Visual Studio 2010 ALM Overview

Please provide us with feedback on the event by visiting speakerrate site:

Feedback on Day 1 Feedback on Day2

Let us know if you are interested on the follow up events or more of the deep dive on specific topics.

Since mostly of the time we have spent in the VS2010 IDE, here a set of Power Point Presentation that cover topics of our demos:

0. Agenda

1. Visual Studio Executive Overview presented by Randy Pagels is found on as well a numerous number of other useful resources

2. Presentation on scrum has been mostly borrowed from the PSD training course offered through  And if you are interested to learn how you can take advantage of VS2010 with Scrum framework, please see 5 day training class

3. Modified presentations on how to use Excel workbooks for planning iterations and sprints, originally created by Aaron Bjork is here.

4. Great overview of third party tools (TeamSpec and Storyboarding for VSTS) that can help us to manage requirements:

5. Architecture tools in VS2010 presentation.  If you are interested in learning more about Arc. Tools please visit Cameron Skinner blog and check out a great recording by Brian Keller on channel 9.  Also Microsoft updated its Visual Studio Training Kit it has a great set of labs walking you through various VS features including Architecture tools.

6. Database Tools in VS2010 presentation, it goes over some of thenew features and improvements from VSTS2008 Database Professional.

7. Brief Summary on TeamBuild, including Branch/Merge improvements and workflow steps.

8. Dev tools and Test manager deck (coming soon).

9. TFS2010 Reports presentation.

10. Additional resources of interest: Team Lab Management and TFS2010 overview.


Please keep an eye on upcoming Microsoft DogFood Developers Conference conference.  The site will be updated shortly to reflect 3rd Annual agenda. 

Danilo Casino has local user group section at the end of the agenda document, please check it out, especially COALMG ( a user group dedicated to ALM.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Two day Visual Studio 2010 briefing on June 22-23

This Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) session will led by two community leads. This 2 day briefing will discuss ALM, from initial conception through requirements gathering, design, development, testing, build & review processes.  We also integrate the Scrum framework, integration with non-Microsoft development and offerings for Visual Studio 2010 Team System.

Targeted Audience:
Project Managers, Developers, Architects, DBAs and Business Analysts looking for ALM and researching Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio 2010.

Alexei Govorine, Quick Solutions, Manager of ALM Practice and  is a co-founder of the Central Ohio ALM Group, Twitter: @Leshka
Ryan Cromwell, SDS Consulting, Team Foundation Server Technical Specialist, Twitter: @cromwellryan

Agenda (draft version): 

Day 1 · June 22nd
  • Keynote
  • Business Value Overview
  • Why Process
  • Team Explorer
  • Project Management
  • Architecture Tools
Day 2 · June 23rd
  • Development Practices
  • Database Tools
  • Team Build
  • Test Manager
  • Reports
  • Retrospective

Additional information on Ryan’s blog.

Where: 8800 Lyra Dr, Suite 400, Columbus, OH 43240

When: June 22-23, 2010 from 9-4:30 PM, both days..

Registration: at Microsoft US Events

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Scrum with Team Foundation Server 2010


Jeff Hunsaker and I presenting at the “Path-to-Agility” conference on how to leverage Visual Studio 2010 and Scrum framework .

You can download presentation from here.


Interested in agile software techniques and tools? Of course you are. Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 add a whole lot of agile goodness. We'll walk through a start-to-finish project leveraging some of the latest agile features such as: Excel Planning sheets, tracking tasks and prioritizing, traceability, continuous integration and testing. Prepare yourself for the recent TFS 2010 release-leveraging this tool to take advantage of Scrum framework in your projects.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Robbins under my deck

For the second year we get robbins nesting under the deck.
This year we have setup wireless security camera to capture the action by the nest.
Enjoy the show:

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hyper-V … credentials may not be sent to the remote computer

After a few weeks of not using Win2008R2 I brought Hyper-V back online and unpleasantly greeted with the message box every time I was trying to connect to virtual machine:  



Afer poking around on internet the simplest solution was in the Hyper-V settings: and select ‘Use default credentials automatically’ in User Credentials section. 


Apparently cached credentials got out of sync.  After resetting I was able to get rid of the annoying message box

Monday, April 19, 2010

Help Columbus GiveCamp 2010 to Find a Place

If you are interested in sponsoring Columbus GiveCamp, please see attached document.

Registration is open, sign in for the event here.

Columbus GiveCamp 2010 has found a place for the July 9-11th event at ICC!
Stay tuned for updates.

Columbus GiveCamp is in dire need of a facility to host July 2010 event. 

In 2009 while hosted at QSI over sixty volunteers were able to accomplish work on seven projects (Hopemongers, Fairy Goodmothers, Shiloh Baptist ChurchFamily Institute College Choir Concert Series, Volunteer Earth, TECH CORPS Ohio, Northwest Plains District Family Camp)  in just two days!

Please help us to make 2010 event a reality and success, we are looking for a facility that can host around 60+ volunteers over one week-end in July with good connection to internet (must be wired and at least T1).  We will take of the rest: setup of the network, getting computers, and all of the clean-up afterwards. 

Contact me or Carey.

Find out more about GiveCamp.
GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals – from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists – donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations.
Some organizations may need a new website or a renewal of an old one. For others, GiveCamp helps them make the leap from Excel spreadsheets to true donor databases. And for still others, this is an opportunity to think strategically, with the help of a consultant, about their social media presence or e-mail marketing. This is about matching the needs of non-profits with the talent of our local technology-loving community.
Any 501(3) can apply to participate in GiveCamp. Accepted non-profits will be matched with a project liaison prior to GiveCamp who will help them shape their project and answer any critical questions to ensure the weekend is a success.
For volunteers, GiveCamp provides a unique opportunity to connect with the local tech community. A typical GiveCamp draws 75 to 100 volunteers. Individuals can work with their colleagues in company teams, or they can opt to be matched with fellow volunteers who have complementary skill sets.
Everyone is welcome to head home for the evenings – but there are always the diehards who work from Friday kickoff straight through Sunday afternoon. Food and drinks, especially of the caffeinated variety, are provided, along with game systems for breaks.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Video of my LasikPlus experience

After my wife has went though lasik surgery I have decided to do the same.
After spending mostly of my life being nearsighted (myopia) and have to wear glasses all the time I am looking forward to being able to see all the time. This morning when I woke I had a huge smile on my face, becuase eventhough the vision is still a little bit blury from the operation I did not need to look for my glasses.
(or perhaps I was still experience the effects of valium)

Below is the brief summary of the surgery, I spent more time waiting for the surgery than the actually getting the operation. It all boils down to:
1. prep and secure an eye
2. use laser to insert a layer of air into the flap
3. peel off the flap and use laser to re-shape corneal surface (you will hear the clicking sounds for that part, the screen goes darker)
4. put the flap back and do the same with the second eye

Tammy has recorded mostly of the operation: