ALM Summit in Redmond

Charles Sterling

Last week at the ALM Summit I ran the Visual Studio 11 Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-On-Labs with a bunch of the MVPs from Imaginet .   In my opinion, this conference represents one of the best showcases of Microsoft ALM tools in the wild and it was really satisfying to see so many development teams have moved beyond awareness of agile methodology to successful adoption and implementations.  In general the questions changed their tone from last year:

“We are considering trying the following…”


“In our last sprint we ran into the following impediment…”


There were definitely other tells of this industry shift at the conference such as attendance has almost doubled over last year and the training sessions on implementation topics were all sold out – even after doubling capacity! 

Additionally, at this event we had several exciting announcements. Here is a quick summary:

All ALM Session Summit content to be freely available

All conference session content will be made freely available a few weeks after the event! Please check back at:

PreEmptive announced the release of PreEmptive Analytics for TFS

PreEmptive Solutions announced the early release of PreEmptive Analytics for TFS, an application analytics solution that monitors application events and automatically creates and schedules work items within Visual Studio Team Foundation Server.

Key features include support for:

  • .NET framework, native, JavaScript and Java applications
  • Client, cloud and mobile runtimes
  • Unhandled, thrown and caught exception events including custom data
  • Automated enforcement of user opt-in and corporate privacy policies
  • Extensible rule configurations and work item definitions
  • “out-of-the-box” integration with Visual Studio 2010

Telerik releases Teclip_image002amPulse Feedback Portal

This latest offering from Telerik, TeamPulse Feedback Portal, bridges the gap brings together your customers development team using Team Foundation Server. 

The Feedback portal enables customers to submit feedback, report problems, and collaborate directly with the development team through an intuitive web based user experience.

Ekobit releases TeamCompanion v4.3

During the Technical reception Ekobit announced they had released TeamCompanion v4.3.  For those of you not familiar with TeamCompanion this product enables outlook to be a first class client to Microsoft Team Foundation Server based development teams.  TeamCompanion 4.3 now features:

  • Support for TFSPreview
  • ClickOnce deployment
  • Enhancements to the Agile/Scrum project management support (we added Velocity chart, quick-add PBI experience, improved the end-to–end scenario)
  • Enhancements to grouping support in the work item grid

For more information please visit Ekobit’s newly launched web site

Northwest Cadence Kanban Service Offering

Northwest Cadence continues to grow their Kanban practice, providing customers with Kanban coaching and training, along with existing Scrum offerings. In response to widespread customer demand, Northwest Cadence now offers end-to-end Kanban services and is offering Kanban and Scrum Exploratory Assessment sessions for organizations evaluating these methodologies. Email and to schedule your teams’ Kanban or Scrum Exploratory Assessment session.  For more information on Northwest Cadence Microsoft ALM Tools and Software Development Process services, please see: .

Sogeti USA Provides new Agile Test Offering

Sogeti has enhanced its portfolio of application lifecycle management services by creating the ALM & Testing Process Improvement with Team Foundation Server offering. This offering combines Sogeti’s testing best practices (TMAP), consolidated into a process template designed to work with Team Foundation Server 2010, and Sogeti’s expertise in ALM and Test Process Improvement to allow teams to move into Agile testing with a solid ground both on the technology and process sides.


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