First meaningful activity.

Azure for Teams Waste When onboarding a developer the time between entering the team room and the first meaningful check-in, is waste. In the same category the time between a testers enters the team room the first meaningful test specification or test execution is waste. As everybody knows from Lean, we should aim to identify and eliminate waste in our projects. Mean Time to Valuable Activity is waiting time, time where a team member is idle and is not adding any value to the finished good or service. Creativity is lost, motivation flows away and talent isn’t used, what is another waste type in the 8 waste types defined in Lean. ... [More]

Visual Studio Online Quality Dashboard WIN8 App.

We just released to Store the Visual Studio Online Quality Dashboard WIN8 App. An App which helps you being informed how projects are doing.   The start screen loads all projects the user is member of and visualizes the last build run state and date.  In one overview you can see which projects needs your attention. With personalized project images you also can easily navigate to you specific project.  (setting the personalized project image can be done in the project detail screen via the appbar.) The project detail pages provides three key quality metrics of your project... [More]

WinRT 8.1 Build Error … Task 'GenerateAppxSymbolPackage' failed. Could not find a part of the path …

Suddenly builds start to fail on a Win8.1 project, with the interesting message “Could not find a part of the path ”. C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\v12.0\AppxPackage\Microsoft.AppXPackage.Targets (1512): Task 'GenerateAppxSymbolPackage' failed. Could not find a part of the path 'D:\Work\drops\projectName_1.1.0.0_Debug_Test'. This messages is due to the fact that a team member runs the Package Creation Wizard from Visual Studio, sets the Bundle drop location and put the solution in the source repository. The build server wants to use the same location as the value set by the developer. it is not saved in the Package mannifest, but in the csproj.  the v... [More]

Fast and Flexible with Dev and Test Platforms as a Service.

cross post from Teams need to move fast, every action which results in wait time must be minimized to zero. Teams need to move flexible, context changes must be easy adoptable by the team and the system they realize. Two very clear, but hard to accomplish aims. One challenges teams face today in reaching these goals are the availability of environments. Development Environments Development environments are hard to setup with mostly big hardware requirements. For example setting up a SharePoint 2013 development machine requires a lot of knowledge and time on an very powerful machine. [More]

Cloud Business App (LightSwitch SharePoint) development and test environments.

In Visual Studio 2013 RC there is a new template in the SharePoint / Office section, the Cloud Business App. A LightSwitch SharePoint Auto Hosted Solution. With this template you can create Apps with LightSwitch for O365 SharePoint, a powerful combination. Although LightSwitch development is that quick that it almost can be done by a single developer. But when the business requirements are getting bigger, team  development with decent development, test, acceptance and production environments are a must. when this is needed, there are a few things to pay attention to, one is actually due to the nature of development in SharePoint, developers have a Developer Site for debugging. Anothe... [More]

Different ways to work with SharePoint Lists in Visual Studio 2013 LightSwitch

When you have SharePoint Enabled in a LightSwitch solution you can work with SharePoint Lists in different ways. As a data source or ‘in App’ added as a list to the SharePoint project. The choice is yours what to use … below some different characteristics.   As a data source adding a SharePoint List as a data source. The list must exist on SharePoint. The list isn’t deployed together with the LightSwitch App. There is no connection with the LightSwitch Solution and the SharePoint List only by connection string. When you upgrade your LightSwitch solution you must not forget to update your list manually (when you made table changes) The SharePoint list ... [More]

2013 Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year.

Microsoft has a global award granted to Sogeti for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). Sogeti has received this award for its active contribution to the development of the Microsoft ALM platform, a complete set of tools for developing, testing and managing software.   Toine on stage … You can watch the full video from the WPC opening keynote here…     With four other awards Sogeti got during the ceremony in July, 2013 in Houston in the U.S it is the most awarded Microsoft partner. The five awards are part of the 44 awards that Microsoft gives to technology partners. “Sogeti is sincerely appreciative of the recognition we have received from Microsoft in each of t... [More]

Windows 8.1 camera feature: Photosynth

Just installed the windows 8.1 preview on my Surface RT … it is a must when you have a RT, really brings some additional value. one of these features is the Photosynth integration. (from: while it is always a kind of odd and funny when you see people taking pictures with the (low quality) tablets, the Photosynth features makes it really a nice activity. The Photosynth button. Taking pictures Stitching.. two view modes … use your finger and tile mode viewing (move your tablet around)   really nice… and don’t laugh at me when I’m taking standing with my surface above my head. side ti... [More]

Small Microsoft Test Manager Exploratory Test Tip for WinRT Apps: Action Log Sliced

A small but useful Microsoft Test Manager feature when executing an exploratory test on WinRT apps: Sliced Action Log. As an addition to the steps to reproduce, you can look at the sliced action log to investigate the bug. The extended action log can be found in the links tab of the Bug. The only property to set is the Diagnostic Adapter ‘Action log’.   Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="//";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Fast and Flexible.

Modern businesses need fast and flexible IT. Fast in the realization of systems to stay ahead of the competition. And flexible in the direction the system implementation goes to easily adopt innovations which can bring business benefit. Software dependencies A good practice for software development to stay fast and flexible is to take as less as possible dependencies. The well-known SOLID principles are a good example of this low-dependency practice to stay flexible. <<read on at>>

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