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How To Use Personas and Scenarios to Drive Adoption and Realize Value

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Personas and scenario can be a powerful tool for driving adoption and business value realization.   All too often, people deploy technology without fully understanding the users that it’s intended for.  Worse, if the technology does not get used, the value does not get realized. Keep in mind that the value is in the change.   The change takes the form of doing something better, faster, cheaper, and behavior change is really the key to value realization. If you deploy a technology, but nobody adopts it, then you won’t realize the value.  It’s a
waste.  Or, more precisely, it’s only potential value.  It’s only potential value because nobody has used it to change their behavior to be better, faster, or cheaper with the new technology.   In fact, you can view change in terms of behavior changes: What should users START doing or STOP doing, in order to realize the value? Behavior change becomes a useful yardstick for evaluating adoption and consumption of technology, and significant proxy for value realization. What is a Persona? I’ve written about personas before  in Actors, Personas, and Roles, MSF Agile Persona...(Read whole news on source site)

Free E-Book from Syncfusion - Localization for .NET Succinctly

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Originally posted on: are providing a free E-book on Localization for .NET Succinctly at “Learn to write applications that support different languages and cultures, with an emphasis on .NET development. With the help of author Jonas Gauffin, Localization for .NET Succinctly will help you become an effective developer in the global community.”

Visual Studio Online - Stakeholder License

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As more and more developer scenarios extend from the desktop to the cloud, we announced last year a new collection of hosted developer services as part of Visual Studio Online.  These services represent an exciting opportunity to bring the power of the cloud to every development project.  With over 1.5 million users, Visual Studio Online is seeing great adoption and usage across enterprises, small businesses, and individual users alike. Visual Studio Online Visual Studio Online includes developer services across the full range of the application lifecycle. Unlimited cloud-hosted, private source code repositories using Git or TFVC Agile project management with sprint backlogs, Kanban
boards, and work item tracking Cloud-hosted build, either on-demand or as part of an automated continuous integration strategy Application Insights (in preview) for understanding an application’s operation, usage, and performance across both clients and servers Teams can easily get started with Visual Studio Online, which is free for up to 5 users. And of course, unlimited MSDN subscribers can join for free as well.  And Visual Studio Online connects to Visual Studio, Eclipse, Xcode, and other Git clients to support development for a wide variety of platforms and languages. We’ve been committed to continuously improving the breadth and depth of capabilities across the...(Read whole news on source site)

Reporting errors in tools to the the Vendor - RSRP-416534Errors caused by accepting a fix to namespace

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Originally posted on: of the management failings that I find in IT is an unwillingness to report bugs in software tools as “they will not fix it if we report it”. In some case a degree of caution is justified because proprietary code may be involved. In this case, the code was the C5Collection solution which is released under an open source licence. By taking the time to report the problem, the vendor has reproduced the problem and will fix it but not for the next release. For the full report thread, please see
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AzureConf 2014

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On September 25th, 2014, Microsoft will be hosting another free event for the Azure community: AzureConf.This event will feature a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie, along with numerous sessions executed by Azure community members.Sessions will be streamed live for an online audience on Channel 9.More infos and registration:

Stakeholder license is live

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About 6 weeks ago, I announced a plan to make some licensing changes to VS Online and Team Foundation Server that would make it easier for more people to participate in the development process.  A few weeks ago, we did part 1 by enabling Test Hub access for VS Online Advanced licenses.  Today we have completed step 2 by enabling the new Stakeholder license allowing an unlimited # of people in each account significant access to the work item tracking and Agile planning capabilities, at no charge.  You can read my news announcement here: The final step
in this wave of changes will happen in TFS 2013 Update 4, later this year, when we enable the Stakeholder license changes in our on-premises product. Thanks and let us know if we can help you. Brian
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#1,145 – Using RenderSize in Custom Shape

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When drawing a geometry in a custom Shape element, you could draw using hard-coded coordinates.  It’s more common, however, to use the RenderSize property of the UIElement to render the object so that the geometry scales based on the size of the control. Below, we create a custom shape that draws a diagonal line from the upper left corner of the […]

Interview question: That annoying 3rd party service

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We are still in a hiring mode. And today we have completed a new question for the candidates. The task itself is pretty simple, create a form for logging in or creating a new user. Seems simple enough, I think. But there is a small catch. We’ll provide you the “backend” for this task, which you have to work with. The interface looks like this: public interface IUserService { void CreateNewUser(User u); User GetUser(string userId); } public class User { public string Name {get;set;} public
string Email {get;set;} public byte[] Sha1HashedPassword {get;set;} } The catch here is that we provide that as a dll that include the implementation for this, and as this is supposed to represent a 3rd party service, we made it behave like that. Sometimes the service will take a long time to run. Sometimes it will throw an error (ThisIsTuesdayException), sometime it will take a long time to run and throw an error, etc. Now, the question is, what is it that I’m looking to learn from the candidate’s code?...(Read whole news on source site)