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5 Ways to Reduce the Impact of Failure

In the second post in his series on risk management in modern software development, Premier Developer consultant Assaf Stone further explores the concept of mitigating risk by reducing the impact of failures. In the previous post we discussed risk management, how many of us manage it today by attempting to control the likelihood of failure...

Risk: You’re Managing it Wrong!

The following post about managing risks in modern software development is from Premier Developer consultant, Assaf Stone.No offense, but despite your best intentions, you might not be handling risk properly. In this day and age, everything is software-dependent; even if you do not consider yourself a “software-firm” per-se, even if you are...

How to Set Up Multi-Level Hierarchies in VSTS

In another awesome post about Visual Studio Team Services, Premier Developer consultant Assaf Stone talks about customizing VSTS by creating a multi-level hierarchy.BackgroundBoth VSTS (Team Services) and TFS (Team Foundation Server) have a set organizational hierarchy. An individual developer belongs to a team. A project (also called Team ...

Cross-Account Package Management for NuGet in VSTS

Here is yet another awesome post from Premier Developer consultant Assaf Stone!In the following post, we will look at the difficulties in consuming packages from a different VSTS account, as part of a build process in our own account.BackgroundVisual Studio Team Services (VSTS) offers package management services. As per the documentation, this...

Scaling Scrum with Nexus in VSTS

This post is from Premier Developer consultant Assaf Stone.In this post, I will cover what Scrum Nexus is, where, when, and why you would want to use it, and how to set up VSTS best to accommodate your Scrum practices. As VSTS’s tooling is not yet perfect for some of Nexus’s practices, I will discuss some viable fallbacks and workarounds....

How to Track Impediments in VSTS

This post is from Premier Developer consultant Assaf Stone.Note: While this post discusses impediments in VSTS, everything mentioned can be applied to TFS as well.Visual Studio Team Services (or VSTS) has great tools to support Scrum teams. The product owner can use the backlog and board to track the progress of individual teams or the entire ...