"I met with all 32 teams at their technical summit. We had 31 of 32 teams standardized on BlackBerry. The only team that didn’t go for it was the Cowboys, because they wanted us to pay them to use the device."
How to tell what process template is in use from Visual Studio 2012.
Go to the Team Home Page.
If the backlog contains “Product Backlog Item” and “Bug” work items, you used the Scrum process template
If the backlog contains “User Story” work items, you used the Agile process template
If the backlog contains “Requirement” work items, you used the CMMI process template
What do you do when you see those little icons and pop-up messages that appear in the system tray, indicating there is a new software update available for you to download and install?
Most people find such notifications and the process of installing new software updates insignificant and disrupting. The truth is, people ignore such notifications for various reasons, such as, ‘Do I really need to install this update?’, ‘My computer is working just fine, I don’t think this update is for me!’, ‘I don’t have time to reboot my computer’, etc. If you are accustomed to dismissing those update notifications, you need to reconsider that practice.
Applying software updates is one of the most important things you can do with your computer. In fact, if you don’t do it, you’re very likely going to get some kind of malware in your system and even get hijacked.
I looked all over for real world posts for doing a very simple upgrade. TFS 2012.1 to TFS 2012.3. I found one post I think. And it was for an error.
Let this post be good news then. I have a beefy TFS 2012.1 server created from Scratch right around January of 2013. Today on October 5th I "UPGRADED" to TFS 2012.3. The good news is that it went flawlessly.
TIP: if you are like me, then you don't have physical access to your server and likely don't have a DVD either. I downloaded the iso file and used 7-Zip (I think) to extract it to a folder. I then moved that folder to my server's hard drive.
I guess at this point I should state that I had my Server Admin create a snapshot of my server prior to any work done on it.
I use SharePoint and Reporting on this server as well, with one external SQL server.
After navigating to the new folder with the TFS 2012.3 files I right mouse click "Run as Administrator" on the TFS_Server.exe file.
Everything was pretty normal and default after that. I did (with help from my DBA) backup my databases to a location on the SQL Server. This went very fast. I only have about 25 Team Projects and about 15 companion SharePoint sites.
Updates to my SharePoint were fine, reporting was fine, configuration was fine. Though its one of those status bars that hardly moves for about 10-15 minutes and then goes very quickly after the mid point.
Anywho, the process went very smooth and the whole process was completed within about 90 minutes. It would have been shorter had I not futzed around overthinking each click.
Dr. Andrew Weil: Pressing The Bar: Personally, I've learned that it's best for me to shut my devices off at about 3 p.m. It's often painful, but within a few minutes, the craving subsides and I move ahead with my day. If people insist that I must be "on" more than that, I am quite direct with them -- I don't, and won't, abandon this rule. If your job requires 24/7 connection, propose a change in company policy (as The Huffington Post has done), and if that fails, consider getting another job. We are often more free than we believe.
"The team of researchers initially analyzed an enormous database of earnings records to study tax policy, hypothesizing that different local and state tax breaks might affect intergenerational mobility.
What they found surprised them, said Raj Chetty, one of the authors and the most recent winner of the John Bates Clark Medal, which the American Economic Association awards to the country’s best academic economist under the age of 40. The researchers concluded that larger tax credits for the poor and higher taxes on the affluent seemed to improve income mobility only slightly. The economists also found only modest or no correlation between mobility and the number of local colleges and their tuition rates or between mobility and the amount of extreme wealth in a region."