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Exposing and uncovering impediments

If you haven't visited naked ALM recently, here a number of articles that have been published the last week. I hope to see you soon. Your comments and feedback are always welcome.

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News from the trenches

With the Team Foundation Server 2013 preview just launched at Build I have already completed two production upgrades of 40GB and 2TB instances. Rock solid with no issues...

Issue [ TFS 2013 ] InRelease account requires make requests on behalf of others

11 Jul 2013 10:37 am | MrHinsh

When you try to configure InRelease to connect to your Team Foundation Server 2013 Team Project Collection you get an error message saying that you are unable to connect because you need to be able to requires make requests on behalf of others.

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Issue [ TFS 2013 ] You get TF400324 when connecting InRelease to TFS

11 Jul 2013 10:02 am | MrHinsh

If you follow the documentation for the new InRelease 3 for Team Foundation Server 2013 “TF400324: Team Foundation Services are not available from server” with a remote server error of 404.

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Issue [ TFS 2013 ] You need elevated privileges to install InRelease

11 Jul 2013 09:50 am | MrHinsh

Installing InRelease 3 fails as you need elevated privileges to install InRelease

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Does your company culture resemble Survivor?

10 Jul 2013 12:37 pm | MrHinsh

Does your company culture resemble Survivor? Do you have a culture in your organisation where individuals that help others are considered slackers for not getting their own assignments complete?

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Create a Portfolio Backlog hierarchy in Team Foundation Server 2013

08 Jul 2013 02:35 pm | MrHinsh

There are many reasons that you would want to Create a Portfolio Backlog hierarchy in Team Foundation Server 2013 not least of which is modelling your existing processes.

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Issue [ TFS 2013 ] TF50309 when configuring features in Team Foundation Server 2013

08 Jul 2013 10:39 am | MrHinsh

You may get a TF50309 when configuring features in Team Foundation Server 2013 and you are unable to complete the configuration. TF50309: The following account does not have sufficient permissions to complete the operation: The following permissions are needed to perform this operation: Manage process template. Applies to Team Foundation Server 2012 Team Foundation Server ...
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The usual suspects

Here I have selected the most important articles that I have found need to be reiterated over and over again.

You are doing it wrong if you are not using test first

Many teams are struggling with delivering modern software because they are not building with Test First principals. Test First gives us the assurance that we have built the correct thing, that what we built is what the customer asked for and that when we change things we don’t break anything inadvertently.

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Do you have good backups?

The most common problem that I encounter onsite with a customer is that their backups are not following the Product Teams recommendations! If you leave it to your DBA's you may end up not being able to restore without substantial data loss. In Update 2 the backup tooling that was part of the power tools is now part of the product. Don't be caught short and use them.
 

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Release Management with Team Foundation Server 2012

Northwest Cadence has been working hard with customers to improve their release management in Team Foundation Server 2012. While on the surface it looks like TFS 2012 has little in the way of support for release management, you would be wrong. There are many features in Team Foundation Server, many of them added in TFS 2010 that can aid you in creating a release management.
 

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Working within a single Team Project with Team Foundation Server 2012

Working within a single Team Project with Team Foundation Server 2012 provides a lot of benefits. There are however many design consideration for working within a single team project and we need to consider all of the complexities that is entails.

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Who is Martin Hinshelwood (MrHinsh)

Martin Hinshelwood aims to help organisations create working software that meets their business need. He acts as an agent for change within organisations to help them implement continuous feedback in their development processes and move towards delivering continuous value in their software.

Martin is a Senior ALM Consultant at Northwest Cadence in the USA, and had the honour of being not only an Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP for 2013 but also named Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP of the year 2011 and Visual Studio ALM Ranger Champion for 2011. In his pursuit of working software he knows that tools will not solve all problems and he participates in many process communities including being a Professional Scrum Trainer.  He regularly writes on his blog Naked ALM, and speaks often on Scrum, good practices and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. 

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