I often find myself adding the same tags over and over to work items. Example: While we use features to group our user stories, it is often convenient to also add a tag per feature, since these can show up on the cards on the different boards, making it easy to see what belongs to which feature: So let’s say I’m working on a feature called “Tag Extension”. Our feature is broken down into a few user stories and and we have applied a tag “Tag Extension” to all of them: Then we add another story using the add panel on the backlog. It’s parented to the feature but it’s missing the tag applied to the other ones: While I[…]

Last year Visual Studio Team Services (formerly known as Visual Studio Online) released support for extensions. There are some great samples on GitHub and a growing number of finished extensions in the marketplace. One of my published extensions is Estimate, a planning poker implementation for VSTS. Extending VSTS is really easy, there is documentation and some great examples at the official GitHub repository. Since I work on the Agile planning tools and work item tracking, I would like to show with a few simple examples how you can add functionality to your backlogs, boards, and queries. To make it really easy I’ve published  a small seed project that contributes a single menu item to the work item context menu and which will[…]

In preparation for the two Microsoft Technology Specialist HPC exams (70-691 and 70-690) I just installed a two compute node Windows HPC environment on my Dell notebook (Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V as host): So far everything works, the diagnostic tests were all fine and the machine is still usable (dual core, 4 GB with four virtual machines – AD/DNS, head node, and two compute nodes).

Last Friday I passed the 70-536 Exam, TS: Microsoft .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation. I had thought it would be much more difficult but in the end it was pretty easy (or I was just well prepared.. maybe both). Next ones will then be 70-562 and 70-564 to reach the Microsoft Certified Developer status but I think that has to wait until after the thesis.