I’ve been hinting at this coming for while now. I think I promised it would come out in Dec and here it is on the last day of Nov :). I hope this is helpful to you in knowing where we are headed and also in giving us feedback on where we are missing the boat.
We’ve been conducting fairly regular chats on VSTS. They’ve been very lively and we’ve good participation. The last one was November 8th and the transcript from it is here. We’ve got another one coming up on December 6th at 10am PST.
It’s really cool to see user’s groups for Team System start to pop up around the country. Michael just announced a new one in Boston. I’ve offered to come up there and speak at it sometime in the spring. If you know of more user’s groups let me know,
We continue to evolve and improve upon the TFS reliability and disaster recovery story. Fundamentally reliability and disaster recovery are about preserving service (or minimizing outage) and eliminating data loss in the face of failure in components of your system. When we look at TFS component failure,
There seems to have been a fair number of questions on this issue so Jason Barile wrote something up about it on his blog. We are working to add support for WSS 3.0 for the Orcas release of TFS.
Recently we’ve been discussing CTPs and you have given us some great feedback about what you like and don’t like. We’ll be using that feedback inform our future plans. I’d like to talk to you about another form of transparency we’ve been working on –
I’m a bit early with my statistics this month but I didn’t want to get too close to Thanksgiving. Activity is down this month (particularly in work item tracking) but # of users is up. The primary reason is some fixes to internal tools that have dropped the load they apply on the server by almost a factor of 10.
SD Times recently posted an article about TFS (and about VS Orcas). I’m only going to talk about the TFS part of it here and leave any thoughts on the broader VS and Vista comments to others to comment on. I think it’s a good and balanced article.
OK, I’ve digested the feedback from a variety of sources and want to play it back. As with any sufficiently involved topic, I won’t capture everything everyone said but rather I’m just trying to capture the recurring patterns.
So what I’ve heard is:
You like CTPs very much.
We recently had an internal email thread with some people on our advisory councils giving us feedback on our CTP process. There was some interesting and somewhat surprising feedback. I wanted to solicit broader feedback from the community on what you want from the CTP process.