Welcome to the Chicago Visual Studio ALM User Group

Posted by Chris Kadelon November 14, 2010

We started the ChicagoVisual Studio ALM User Group because we're passionate about this area of our industry. This user group is meant for you if you're looking to learn and share your experiences with ALM and Microsoft's related tooling.

Stopping a Slow Motion Trainwreck: A guide to project recovery

Join Us Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location:Microsoft-Chicago 200 E Randolph, 2nd Floor, Chicago
Description:

Even in healthy organizations and on functional teams, projects can fail. It could be a lack of visibility, poorly-managed process, integration missteps, or any of a hundred other things. We’re all familiar with the immediate repercussions of failing software projects: lost revenue, delayed schedules, technical debt, etc. But, there are also less understood downstream issues which hamper or prevent full organizational and cultural recovery, even after individual project issues are addressed.

However, with some careful study, it’s possible to identify and prevent many of these cascading failures. We'll examine the entire lifetime of a failing project: we’ll look at the leading indicators of danger so we can identify them sooner, we’ll discuss common root causes and mitigation strategies so we can deal with them more effectively, and we’ll propose some follow up strategies, so we can recover from organizational, technical, and cultural damage as soon as possible.

What will people learn from this presentation?

  • - Ways to detect when software projects are heading towards danger.
  • - Mitigation strategies to prevent and minimize tough situations.
  • - What to do when a project is already in disarray.
  • - What are some of the lingering organizational, technical, and cultural issues that may accompany a failure.
Speaker Bio:

JC Grubbs has been designing and writing software for over 15 years. He's worked in tiny consulting shops up to large multi-national conglomerates. Today he leads the team at DevMynd, an agile software studio in Chicago working with JavaScript, Ruby, Clojure, and Node. He is passionate about delivering high quality solutions to customers and doing it with a team that loves what they do and the people they work with.

You can find him on twitter, LinkedIn, GitHub, and at the DevMynd blog. (seriously, subscribe to his blog!)

Agenda:6:30 Dinner and networking, 7:00pm Presentation
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What's New in Octopus Deploy with Ian Paullin

Join Us Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location:Microsoft-Downers Grove 3025 Highland Pkwy, Ste 300, Downers Grove
Description:

Details and dates TBD, putting a placeholder out there so people know it's coming! :)

Speaker Bio:

Ian is an ASP.NET MVC C# programmer with Avanade. A nocturnal programmer by nature, he’s often working on his own .NET projects in the twilight hours.  He’s often advocating Octopus Deploy. For more information on Octopus Deploy and other related ramblings, you can visit his blog at http://ianpaullin.com or twitter feed at @ianpaullin.

Agenda:6:30pm dinner 7:00pm Presentation
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