10+ Free ALM Webcasts on TFS 2012, Load Testing from the Cloud, Managing Labs, Branching, Kanban and MORE!

Charles Sterling

Imaginet has more ALM MVPs working for them than any single company on the planet…So when they do community activities they do them BIG.

Here is their current list of free ALM Webcasts….



Upgrading to TFS 2012: What You Need to Know!

Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 brings a number of new features into the integrated ALM toolset. With new features like PowerPoint Storyboarding, Integrated Code Review Features, Stakeholder Feedback, and a newly integrated Developer / Operations Workflow, you will quickly find many reasons to upgrade to Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012! In this webinar, we’ll briefly discuss the breadth of new ALM features.
Monday, September 17, 2012 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm CST Register

Upgrades and Migrations: Getting to TFS 2012

You’ve seen the great new application lifecycle management features in Visual Studio 2012. You understand why it is important for your team to adopt these new tools. So now the question is how! In this Webinar, we’ll briefly discuss the new groups of features. Then, based on where you’re starting (e.g., Visual Studio 2010, Subversion, Bugzilla, …) we’ll provide effective strategies to successfully adopt Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012.

Monday, October 1, 2012 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm CST Register

Load Testing from the Cloud

You know that load testing is important. You know that Microsoft provides a cost effective solution to help you verify that your distribute applications perform as expected in real-life scenarios. But did you also know that Microsoft can help with scaling up load test capacity from the cloud? This session will demonstrate how Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2012 and Windows Azure can be used together to provide both stress and load tests against your web applications… without needing to buy more hardware.
Thursday, October 4, 2012 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm CST Register

Thursday, October 18, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:30pm CST Register

On-Demand Test Environments

Test environment vary based on release cycles. Sometimes you are releasing numerous products in a short timeframe; sometimes your releases are sparse. While you are in crunch time, so is your hardware. Do you have enough test systems to support your testing needs? What do you do if your test environment needs exceed your hardware capacity? And what do you do with the excess hardware while you’re in a lull? This Live Web Workshop will help answer these questions using Windows Azure and TFS 2012. We’ll discuss and demonstrate how you can easily create test environments in the cloud, wire them up for use with TFS, and then tear them down when they’re no longer needed.
Thursday, October 11, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:30pm CST Register

Thursday, October 25, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:30pm CST Register

Quality Coding: What’s New with Visual Studio 2012?

The newest release of Visual Studio 2012 is rich with new tools that enhance standard developer activities. In this session, we’ll review and demonstrate some of these new features, such as Unit Testing, Code Reviews, Code Clones, and other developer tools.
Monday, October 29, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:00pm CST Register

Managing Test Labs Without the Headaches

In 2010, Microsoft released a bold new featureset to support management of virtual test environments. "Lab Management" provided the ability to easily spin up test environments, perform automated build and deployments, run automated tests, and collect diagnostic data. Unfortunately, many teams were discouraged by the infrastructure requirements. Now, with Visual Studio 2012 and standard environments, even small teams or groups that can’t use Microsoft’s Hyper-V can still benefit from lab management. This session will demonstrate how to configure your existing environments for many of the same compelling features formally available only with Hyper-V.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:30pm CST

Thursday, November 29, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:30pm CST

Branching and Merging and Bears, Oh My!

TFS provides a robust, enterprise-grade version control system. But how you use that system will determine your level of success. Much has been written about the ‘right way’ to branch and merge your code. But the fact is, there is no one single best way. This Webinar will discuss the common patterns used for branching and merging code and, more importantly, why to adopt one. We’ll talk through aggregate branching models, trade-offs for release management and development, and how to evolve your existing code into the right branching model. Join us for this session and learn how to define the right branching and merging strategy for your team!
Monday, November 12, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:00pm CST Register

Lean, Kanban, and TFS 2012

Kanban was originally created as a scheduling system to help manufacturing organizations determine what to produce, when to produce it, and how much to produce. Although this may not sound like software development, these lean principles can be successfully applied to development teams to improve the delivery of value through better visibility and limits on work in process. This webinar will provide an overview of the Kanban method, including the history and motivation, the core principles and practices, and how these apply to efficiency and process improvement in software development. We’ll also describe how Team Foundation Server 2012 can be used as a foundation for your work visualization and work flow management.
Monday, December 3, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:00pm CST Register


Approaches to Kanban with TFS 2012

Although originally created to help manufacturing organizations schedule and improve processes, Kanban can also be effectively applied to software development. The lean principles of manufacturing can help development teams improve delivery through better visibility and limits on work in process. This Live Web Workshop will start with an overview of the Kanban method including the history and motivation, the core principles and practices, and how these apply to efficiency and process improvement in software development. We’ll then move from theory into some of the practice application, demonstrating how Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2012 Team Foundation Server 2012 can assist with work in progress visualization, determining limits, and improving processes.
Thursday, December 6, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:30pm CST Register

Thursday, December 20, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:30pm CST


Streamline Your Testing with Visual Studio 2012 Testing Tools

This is an overview of the Visual Studio 2012 ALM testing tools, including using Microsoft Test & Lab Manager to manage your testing and using test automation to automate your UI testing. The use of Test Lab will be discussed as a means of automating the creation of virtual environments for testing purposes. Deploying to VM environments during build will be demonstrated and facilitate a robust developer/tester lifecycle.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:30pm CST Register


Getting Started With Coded UI Testing: Building Your First Automated Test

This training seminar will demonstrate how to record tests run against various types of application user interfaces using Microsoft Visual Studio 2012’s Coded UI Tests and how to replay them at any time. Additionally, we will explore how to embed validations, either simple or elaborate, to ensure your application is producing the correct results. Learn how to improve the quality of your applications by having a repeatable set of Microsoft Coded UI Tests available to ensure defects don’t go unnoticed!
Monday, December 17, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:00pm CST Register


About the presenter:

While a lot of people at Imaginet helped develop this content the primary presenter will be my good friend: Dave McKinstry

Dave McKinstry is the ALM practice manager at Imaginet (formally Notion Solutions), Microsoft’s 2011 ALM Partner of the Year.  He has been leading clients in .NET architecture and development projects since the initial beta release of Visual Studio.NET. After joining Notion Solutions in 2005, Dave has focused on helping teams efficiently build better software using industry best practices and Microsoft’s Visual Studio tools. With over 20 years in the industry, Dave’s experiences includes a multitude of platforms and technologies. Dave is currently the leader of the online “Visual Studio ALM User Group” and a speaker at community events.  He was one of the first individuals recognized by Microsoft as a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Team System and holds multiple certifications from Microsoft and Sun (Oracle).


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