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Packt Bonanza: eBook or Video for just $5

December 18, 2014

this year the Packt $5 eBook Bonanza is back and bigger than ever!

From today until 6th Jan 2015, you will be able to buy any eBook or Video from the Packt website for just $5!

more info here

hurry up!!! what are you waiting!?!?  🙂


Team Foundation Server 2013 Customization by Gordon Beeming

April 21, 2014
Team Foundation Server 2013 Customization

Team Foundation Server 2013 Customization

Ecco “Team Foundation Server 2013 Customization” il terzo libro su TFS, fresco fresco da PackPub, dopo i precedenti due (qui e qui), ed anche questo letto tutto d’un fiato. 🙂

(No, non sono un TFS Ranger ma si sta creando una buona abitudine … 🙂 )

L’autore, Gordon Beeming, è un Microsoft ALM MVP e un ALM Ranger.

Gordon Beeming tratta diversi punti legati alla “customizzazione” (i puristi della lingua mi perdonino 🙂 ) di TFS; i molti che si trovano ad affrontare queste tematiche, troveranno in questo libro una guida passo passo (completa di screenshot!) per soddisfare le loro esigenze.

L’autore ha dato un filo logico legando così argomenti, rendendo la lettura veramente semplice e scorrevole; gli esempi sono semplici, chiari ed efficaci.

Eccovi sinteticamente l’indice degli argomenti:

  • Personalizzare i Process Templates di TFS (i work item per intenderci)
  • Aumentare l’usabilità web (modificare il Team Web Access)
  • Sviluppare un custom control per il work item
  • Creare un plugin lato server
  • Creare un scheduled job
  • Personalizzare il Build Process

Per ogni argomento vengono proposte varie alternative, e mostrate le operazioni più comuni (utili!) che si debono effettuare (ad esempio: sviluppo-installazione-debug ).

Mi devo fermare qui … spero e di non rivelato troppo la trama e di aver attirato la vostra attenzione. 🙂

Buona lettura.

Technorati tags: TFS

waiting for a new TFS ebook: ‘Team Foundation Server 2013 Customization’ by Packpub

April 6, 2014

Flash news: new TFS ebook is on his way to my box , Packpub sent this new book “Team Foundation Server 2013 Customization” .

I will read it, obviously and share my feedback with you, so a review will be published soon here.

HEY TFS’s fans … stay tuned! 🙂

Technorati tags: TFS

Packt Publishing’s 2000th title: “Buy One, Get One Free” offer

March 23, 2014

Packt Publishing reached a remarkable result: 2000th titles!

And guess what? …  they are inviting you to join the party and have a special present for you.

Packt Publishing is running this offer: “Buy One, Get One Free on all of Packt’s 2000 ebooks”

This motto is self-explaining, ain’t it ?

So, just remember these rules:

  • Unlimited purchases during the offer period
  • Offer is automatically applied at checkout

or do they seems more benefits than rules ? 😉

Do you need to know more? Read here:

This offer will end soon, only few days to 26 Mar … so HURRY UP!!!


Kanban for skeptics by Nick Oostvogels

December 29, 2012

Someone says: well, if you can’t play Scrum, play Kanban!
because that someone means of it as Scrum’s fallback.

But, it’s not!
Kanban is not just WIP limits, and this book gives you a deeper knoledge of Kanban’s way, the idea behind, estimates, measurement, teams, cooperation … where everyone is involved in end-to-end process.

Here are some bold points:

  • bug:
    As soon as this happens, the team should have a natural reflex to drop what they started on and fix the feature immediatly. […] In Kanban bugs causes the flow to be interruped and the people to get stuck because of the WIP limits that are reached
  • team members reassignent:
    Kanban simplifies this issue significantly. By letting a team work on one continuos flow, they don’t need to be reassigned over and over again

  • stakeholders’s focus:
    if stakeholder can focus onn the products, and not on the resource planning,they can make better economical decisions[…]it’s now a business decision based on the needs of the customers and the organization

  • silo:
    the answer[…] is to create cross silo functions who’s task lies in creating alignment and controlling the end to end process.[…] Teams get busted out ot their silo thinking by becoming part of an end to end process

last one:

It is a strange idea that by measuring flow instead of setting deadlines, work will be done efficiently. Kanban create awareness on the importanceof every phase in the process. Instead of pushing each individual phase to go faster, we optimize the whole.

source: Kanban for skeptics

source: Kanban for skeptics (article on InfoQ)

Technorati tags: Agile, Kanban, Scrum