Ravings of a Microsoft Evangelista

I have been with Polaris Solutions as an ALM Practice Lead since January 2011. As I go about my day to day, I often stumble across things I want to share out with the community. This is my soap box.

So in case you were wondering… Yes, I did indeed change careers.

Well, changed BACK that is.  I have returned to my technical consulting roots.  You heard...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 01/16/2012

FREE ALM Webcast Series in November/December

Application Lifecycle Management is about managing the lifespan of your applications with a set of...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 11/17/2011

Clint and Zain Return to the Midwest in December to WOW us with Visual Studio and TFS Goodness!

Click below to register for the location near you, there are 3 different events so be sure to pick...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 11/11/2011

Ever Thought to Yourself “Wow, Angela has a FUN and AWESOME job in DPE”? Well, we are currently looking for a few good folks to join us!

There are currently several job openings within Microsoft DPE in the Midwest and surrounding...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 11/11/2011

Live Webcast with Clint and Zain! The Ultimate Guide to Visual Studio 2010: Coding Debugging, Modeling, Testing, Building and Deployment

The Ultimate Guide to Visual Studio 2010 - Coding, Debugging, Modeling, Testing, Building and...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 11/04/2011

Eric Landes Speaks About Working with Remote Teams at the next Chicago ALM User Group

Have you had to work with remote teams? If you are working in a technology related field, especially...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 10/25/2011

Free Event: ALM for Agile Development with Visual Studio and TFS 2010 in Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis in November

November | 8 | Chicago -  Microsoft Office Downtown Due to Microsoft Office space constraints...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 10/19/2011

Some Great FREE Windows Phone and ALM Sessions coming to IL, IN and WI in November!

Successful Agile ALM Using Modern Techniques. - Fast. Forward. Thinking. In this free seminar, we...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 10/11/2011

What I am Chattering about Lately (and REPEATEDLY) on Twitter Lately

In case you haven’t heard, I am ALL OVER social networking.  If you follow my personal account,...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 09/29/2011

FREE Software Process & Scrum On-line Event Series by Northwest Cadence in October and November!

Software Process Events Series Thursday, October 6 | Introduction to Scrum Register to attend Scrum...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 09/29/2011

These are a few of my favorite things… by which I mean Windows Phone Mango updates!

If you’re picturing me dancing around a huge bedroom in a long white governess’ nightgown (a la...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 09/28/2011

FREE Web Workshops on Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 ALM tools by Imaginet

October Workshops Manual Testing in Agile Teams Test Management in Agile Teams November Workshops...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 09/28/2011

A Day with Microsoft Virtualization, Hyper-V, SCVMM 2012 and SCOM 2012…Coming to a City Near You Soon!

Have you been considering using Hyper-V but are not yet familiar with Microsoft’s virtualization...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 09/28/2011

Windows 7 Deployment Online Event on October 25th. Register Soon!

Windows 7 Deployment – Why and How? Location – Online Conference Date & Time – 25 October 2011,...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 09/26/2011

Tech.Days Online Event Coming October 27th, 2011. Sign up today!

Tech.Days Online Location – Online Conference Date & Time – 27 October 2011, 09:00-16:00...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 09/26/2011

Richard Hundhausen Speaking in Chicago About TFS 11 and Scrum in October!

Just wanted to announce that we’ve picked a date for our October Visual Studio ALM user group...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 09/26/2011

Indianapolis TFS User Group Meets on October 5th to talk about Load & Performance Testing!

In case you haven’t run across it yet, we have a great group of technologists in Indianapolis...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 09/19/2011

FREE Live Webcast on “Getting Agile with Testing” with Sam Guckenheimer on September 22nd

As we emerge from the greatest recession of our lifetimes, organizations are striving to involve...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 09/16/2011

Check out Chicago’s SQL Server User Group. Some great, fresh content coming up!

There are a LOT of user groups out there. I personally participate in the local ALM User Groups, the...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 09/16/2011

September ALM User Group – TFS 2010 Build and Windows Workflow

Just wanted to remind everyone, tomorrow 9/14 (Wednesday), we have an event in downtown...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 09/13/2011

Going to the //Build Conference in Anaheim this week? Me Neither. Join me in Chicago for a Live //Build Event Instead

There is an amazing amount of Buzz lately around the Microsoft Windows //Build conference. It sold...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 09/12/2011

WOW, some great FREE Live Workshops on Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010. Sign up Today!

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 ALM tools and Microsoft Project Server 2010 We would like to invite you...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 08/30/2011

Ever Wonder How We Build Software at Microsoft? Now You Can Read All About It!

I talk to a LOT of customers every year. It might be safe to say I meet with 100+ different...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 08/11/2011

BlogHer, BlogHer Everywhere! What Sessions are YOU Attending?

So, at first, I really thought BlogHer was just a big party for all the women bloggers out there who...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 08/02/2011

Are You Doing SharePoint Development? You’re Using TFS/Visual Studio for SCM and Deployment Too Right?

I know, I know. You have SharePoint Designer, and it’s a great tool, no doubt. But what happens when...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 07/27/2011

The 2012 Global QAI Quest Conference is Coming Back to Chicago in 2012

Are you a technology professional in a quality assurance related role? If you are reading my blog...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 07/26/2011

Another Tech Conference in Chicago this Summer? YES! Check Out TechWeek RIGHT NOW

It seems lately it’s hard to keep up with all the conferences.  Whether your bag is Windows,...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 07/25/2011

Have Cheers, Jeers, Opinions about Visual Studio, TFS and Other Microsoft Products? How Can You be Heard? Here is how!

“That Test Manager form should be resizable! “ “That option is too hard to find in Visual Studio!”...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 07/12/2011

ALM Catalyst Live Workshops – The Smart Way to Learn.

So while I am always happy to cover these topics with my customers, there are 2 problems with this:...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 06/24/2011

More Free TFS 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 Webcasts available in June and July!

Testing SharePoint - Functional and Performance Testing for SharePoint based applications using...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 06/24/2011

Visual Studio vNext is coming! But have you already ramped up on what’s already in Visual Studio 2010?

Managing Requirements & Tracking Defects w/Team Foundation Server 2010 May 25 Registration...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 05/19/2011

Are you REALLY leveraging your MSDN benefits? If not, let me help you!

I somehow forgot to include this in my original post, but here is a slide deck that walks you...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 05/17/2011

Excellent List of FREE Webcasts around our new Visual Studio 2010 Testing Tools!

Improving Developer and Tester Collaboration using Visual Studio 2010 May 11, 2011 12:00pm –...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 05/07/2011

Indianapolis TFS & ALM User Group Presents–Visual Studio 2010 Test Manager on June 1st

Synopsis: Overview of the new Microsoft Test Manager 2010, an integrated toolset for the test...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 05/03/2011

Windows Phone Accelerator Labs Coming to Chicago and Dallas in May

  Do you have the next million dollar idea that you just can’t find the time to finish? Do you...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 05/02/2011

Chicago Girls in Tech - Meet Aveda at the Microsoft Store April 21st - HURRY!

Hello! I wish I had thought to share this sooner so I apologize if you’re seeing this too late to...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 04/20/2011

Chicago VS ALM User Group Meets in Downers Grove on May 12th to Talk TFS SCM!

Just wanted to let you know we have our next meeting up on the website for RSVP’ing.  We...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 04/15/2011

Get in the cloud for free!

Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform, and a lot of developers are excited to try it out. To...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 04/07/2011

MSDN Events Presents: WebMatrix to ASP.NET MVC Web Camp

Join us for a special WebMatrix and ASP.NET MVC Web Camp you don’t want to miss.  No matter...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 04/05/2011

Supporting Database Development and Deployment with Visual Studio 2010 and TFS

I bet you didn’t know you could do a LOT of your database activities from within Visual Studio?...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 03/25/2011

Indianapolis TFS User Group Discusses TFS 2010 Scrum Template on April 6th

So you’ve probably heard about this little thing called Agile development. You may have even tried...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 03/22/2011

TFS Product Team Coming to Chicago/Milwaukee in April to talk TEE

So maybe you’re interested in Team Foundation Server for source control and build but you’re a Java...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 03/21/2011

FREE Live Roadshow - Using the Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools to Improve Your Software Lifecycle Management

Come join Microsoft and Notion Solutions as we present the latest tools and techniques for managing...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 03/14/2011

This Social Networking Thing ::sigh::

So some of you may have been going “Hey Angela, What GIVES??” You never seem to blog anymore. ...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 03/10/2011

FREE WEBCAST “Implementing Project Server/TFS 2010 Integration”

So if you’ve ever wondered, why the heck doesn’t TFS talk to project Server for better resource...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 02/18/2011

CQAA February 2011 Lunch & Learn - Meeting New Business Challenges With Dynamic Quality Assurance

Hey everybody! I am going to be presenting at a Quality Assurance focused lunch and learn in...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 01/27/2011

Indianapolis TFS User Group Meets in February to Talk Agile!

Synopsis: Over the past several years the Agile methodology has taken the development community by...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 01/21/2011

2 Chicago Visual Studio ALM User Group Meetings in February, w00t!!

So you may have heard that I rebooted the Chicago Visual Studio ALM User Group with my good friends...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 01/19/2011

More ALM Catalyst Workshops to Help You Leverage TFS 2010 and Visual Studio 2010!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, theses free on-line workshops are really great! ...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 01/13/2011

Chicago Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management Group Reboots!

So you may have been sitting around, sadly wondering “What ever happened to that really great ALM...

Author: Angela Ann Dugan Date: 11/29/2010

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