Willy's Reflections

| Willy-Peter Schaub | In search of IT simplicity, quality and tranquility |

Deprecating this (aka.ms/willysblog) blog

This is the last post on this blog. As we're switch off one light (https://aka.ms/willysblog), we're...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 08/08/2018

devconf’s log #5 – Sad it’s over, stoked over chats, and the 25h trek home

Continued from devconf’s log #4 – “Was zum Geier?”, lean coffee, and rain it’s time to close the...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 04/04/2018

devconf’s log #4 – “Was zum Geier?”, lean coffee, and rain!

Continued from devconf’s log #3 – Sessions, Cubes, and lots of collaboration. We have arrived in...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 03/29/2018

devconf’s log #2 – Sun, Mandela, and no Bowtie

Continued from DevConf’s log #1 – Flights, floods, and lack of sleep. Spent the weekend relaxing,...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 03/25/2018

devconf’s log #1 – Flights, floods, and lack of sleep

I am in South-Africa to share our DevOps journey at DevConf, a community driven, developer focused,...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 03/24/2018

In case you're wondering what this logo is all about … At our Microsoft Vancouver office we have an...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 05/01/2017

Turning on the cold for Tiago – welcome to a cool Vancouver!

We caught up with Tiago Pascoal (MVP, ALM Ranger) in Redmond, where he was recording Application...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 03/06/2017

What’s up with us playing Kanban games in the garage?

A couple of months ago a colleague, Ewald Hofman, delivered a phenomenal Kanban training at...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 01/10/2017

Three great books on DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Team Foundation Server

What’s the future of books? It’s a question many of us have been asking ourselves, as the time...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 12/30/2016

A Raspberry Pi2 VSTS Build Light – Part 3, why not to shrink-wrap 3D printed cases :)

A few weeks ago I received a special 3D printed case from Anthony Borton for the Raspberry Pi2 VSTS...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 11/21/2016

A Raspberry Pi2 VSTS Build Light – Part 2, assembling and installing the software

We continue from A Raspberry Pi2 VSTS Build Light – Part 1, unwrapping the package, following the...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 07/03/2016

A Raspberry Pi2 VSTS Build Light – Part 1, unwrapping the package

I just received an exciting package of goodies, which I will eventually turn into a Rangers build...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 06/23/2016

A morning at the food bank … keep those opened cookies!

This morning we spent a few hours at the . Thanks to catching the wrong “22” bus, I was 2 minutes...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 04/01/2016

A morning at the food bank … keep those opened cookies!

This morning we spent a few hours at the . Thanks to catching the wrong “22” bus, I was 2 minutes...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 04/01/2016

Talking about Scrum, Kanban, Agile Portfolio Management with Visual Studio Team Services at DevConf ZA

I had the privilege to attend, collaborate and present at the community driven and developer focused...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 03/12/2016

IPELENG risk management services made my ZA trip a breeze

If you are planning a trip to sunny South-Africa (ZA), I recommend that you peruse...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 03/12/2016

Completed a dream journey after only 24 years

As you probably know, diving in the ocean, sharks, ship wrecks and their history is one of my great...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 01/04/2016

Remembrance day at Semihamoo beach on 11.11 @ 11:11

A few pictures from Remembrance Day, taken at the Semihamoo bay. The numerous flybys, missing man...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 11/12/2015

Day of caring ... a chance to enjoy the beauty of Stanley Park

Every year the Vancouver Development Centre gathers for the day of caring, giving us an opportunity...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 11/01/2015

The NEWS is back for Visual Studio 2015

The Why the Visual Studio NEWS extension is nothing to ignore or sneeze at post introduced a really...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 08/18/2015

Yeah … a batch of RadioTFS stickers arrived today :)

RadioTfs is the podcast that I listen to regularly, both because it is very informative and fun....

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 08/09/2015

Enjoying a day up in Squamish (Mother of the Wind)

We enjoyed a warm and “smokey” day in  Squamish, British Columbia today. The First Nations have...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 08/01/2015

Windows 10 upgrade was uneventful, result is awesome

It was with some hesitation that I decided to click the upgrade button, to move from the Windows 8.1...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 07/29/2015

Delete Team Project – are you ABSOLUTELY sure?

I just noticed a small, but very welcome feature. When you select delete for a Team Project on...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 07/27/2015

Unplugging from #almrangers to enjoy the Boundary Bay airshow

I unplugged from the digital matrix and the ALM Rangers for a day to walk to and enjoy the Boundary...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 07/25/2015

Learn how to implement the DevOps model of expedited software development

If you are interested to “discover how the DevOps approach to software development can improve...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 07/22/2015

Visual Studio 2015 launch resources

Visual Studio launch [is|was] exciting, especially seeing our rock star Donovan Brown live. If you...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 07/20/2015

First impressions last … when is it the right time to be transparent?

When we read the Scrum Theory we note that one pillar is transparency and that “significant...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 07/07/2015

To break or not to break stories down into tasks …

When using Scrum we commonly have two backlogs, defined by the Scrum Guide as follows: Product...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 06/12/2015

Time-slicing through a context-switching vortex and proposing a cookbook

Few realise the huge sacrifice many ALM Ranger community members are making for the ALM community....

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 06/07/2015

Another great community day with colleagues at the Sharing Farm

We enjoyed another great day at the http://www.sharingfarm.ca/, pulling weeds,  trimming grass...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 05/29/2015

Weekend pictures at the seawall, relaxing and remembering!

Pictures from Semahimoo Bay, close to our home and my favourite spot to unplug from the digital...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 05/25/2015

From VSTS 2005 to VSO Rename … time flies when you are having fun!

I remember the days when my colleagues Henk, Zayd Kara and I were sitting in the team lab,...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 04/24/2015

My last Rangers post on this blog and then a switch back to personal reflections …

Git for the TFVC User – Workflow Investigations Part 4: Converting a TFVC repository was the last...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 04/15/2015

Git for the TFVC User – Workflow Investigations Part 4: Converting a TFVC repository

… co-authored with Richard Albrecht, complementing the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging)...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 04/15/2015

Git for the TFVC User – Workflow Investigations Part 3: Reviewing Changes (With Conflicts)

… co-authored with Dan Hellem, complementing the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide....

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 04/12/2015

Git for the TFVC User – Workflow Investigations Part 2: Reviewing Changes (No Conflicts)

… co-authored with Dan Hellem, complementing the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide....

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 04/10/2015

MS Press – Managing Agile Open Source Software using Visual Studio Online

Finally our on-going Visual Studio Online dogfooding adventure and learnings are shared on MS Press...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 04/09/2015

Git for the TFVC User – Workflow Investigations Part 1: Making Changes

… co-authored with Dan Hellem, complementing the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide....

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 04/08/2015

Ranger Flash – March 2015 ... lots of community gems

  You can find the latest flight plan snapshot at aka.ms/vsarFlightPlan news Git for TFVC User...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 04/02/2015

Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Michael Pedersen

This post is part of an ongoing series of Rangers introductions. See Ranger Index (Who is Who?) for...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 03/30/2015

NEWS extension reminded me to get excited about the latest VSO planning features

News is one of the cool Visual Studio productivity extensions, listed on the widgets page. Download...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 03/24/2015

Ranger Flash – February 2015 … T-105,167 downloads to a million!

You can find the latest flight plan snapshot at aka.ms/vsarFlightPlan february updates Extracting...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 03/03/2015

Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Ricardo Serradas

Who are you? I am an ALM Consultant at BR Soluções Integradas, a Microsoft Partner here in Brazil. I...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 02/27/2015

Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Marcelo Hideaki Azuma

Who you are? Marcelo Hideaki Azuma, my grandparents came from Japan to Brazil and I was born in São...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 02/26/2015

What … there is a development centre in Vancouver?!?

After hearing this question one too many times, it is time to zoom into a small, yet buzzing spot on...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 02/24/2015

Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Derek Keeler

This post has been retired. Follow Derek here. Who you are? I am Derek Keeler, Senior Software...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 02/24/2015

Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Doug Owens

Who you are? I have been a generalist in the application development domain for my entire career....

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 02/16/2015

How to raise a “gap” and “solution idea” which will make it onto the Rangers backlog

We have three major goals for the next few months. Continuous simplification based on retrospective...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 02/11/2015

Casual interviews with a number of ALM Rangers … meet the face and person behind the name!

Anisha Pindoria has started an exciting initiative to interview Rangers as and when they get close...

Author: Willy-P. Schaub Date: 02/10/2015

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