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"Structuring Your Team Foundation Server For The Long Haul" by Angela Dugan

Much like starting a campfire with gasoline and a flamethrower, installing TFS for managing your software development efforts is relatively easy. Once the gas runs out, you need to keep things going, and you want to reduce the time and effort needed to maintain it, while at the same time not letting it burn itself out or explode. But how do you configure TFS to support your organization and team structure over the long haul? How many team project collections do you need? Which backend SCM system do you choose? Do you create multiple team projects, or one team project to rule them all? Which process templates should you use? How much should you customize? So many questions...

There are a lot of things to consider when setting up any ALM system, and making the wrong choices early on can cause major headaches (and HUGE consulting bills) down the road. Join Angela in reviewing best practices, discussing the ins and outs of how to structure your TFS projects, tips and tricks for setting up flexible and low maintenance systems, and get your most burning questions about TFS configuration answered!

About our speakerAngela Dugan has been working on software development teams, filling a variety of roles since 1999. Angela also spent five of those years as a TFS and ALM tools evangelist for Microsoft, where she was able to work closely with hundreds of businesses across the US to elevate their level of collaboration, improve their approach to SDLC, and solve the nagging issues inherent in software delivery in general. Always passionate about process and quality, she is now the ALM Practice Manager for Polaris Solutions. She also runs the Chicago Visual Studio ALM user group. She holds a certification in Team Foundation Server (TFS) Administration, is an ALM MVP, and is a Certified Scrum master.


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  • Sudhir R.

    Wow! What an amazing session it was! Learnt a lot from it. Thanks Aalap for organizing it and looking forward for some more technical sessions like this!!

    1 · August 22, 2014

  • dan

    Of course we could all see Angela is an excellent presenter and very skill at what she does. The important thing for me is she sparked my interest to get TFS into play. As some noted last night they had looked for some time at this source safe solution but did not have strong enough desire to pursue it. This is what Angela did for me and I think the same for many others. So Angela, your presentation was very much appreciated!

    6 · August 22, 2014

  • Brett S.

    A good dynamic talk. Angela was willing to change the talk to peoples questions to allow for a more group discussion around TLS

    4 · August 21, 2014

    • Brett S.

      Um TFS, not TLS. Oops :)

      August 21, 2014

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