Update : in 2009 I decided to leave Compuware to start up my own company Sparkles to focus entirely on Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server. Since April 2009 I’ve been rewarded with the MVP Team System award.

My name is Pieter Gheysens and I’m working as a .NET Consultant and Team Lead for Compuware Belgium. I already have a blog on .NET Development and I also blog there about the VISUG community events in Belgium which I organize as a User Group Leader.

Recently I decided to start a dedicated blog on Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM).

IMHO VSTS is currently the best solution on the market to deliver quality enterprise software in a controlled way. Whether you are a 5 person enterprise or a 1000 person enterprise, Team Foundation Server can help by making collaboration and communication easier than ever. You need good people in a software development team, but you also need the right tools and processes in place for your people to do their best work. That’s where Microsoft Visual Studio Team System comes into play. It’s an integrated Application lifecycle Management (ALM) solution comprising tools, processes, and guidance to help everyone on the team improve their skills and work more effectively together.

On this blog I would like to share some best practices about using Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server. Tips & tricks to make us more productive is what we all want not? Team System can be used out-of-the-box, but the product cries for customization and that’s where we all need some guidance. We should adopt Team System to fit into our process and not the other way around! I will also focus on the upcoming release(s) of Visual Studio Team System.

In April 2009 I became a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Team System. Since September 2009 I’m also active as a Certified Scrum Master.

So, stay tuned for more!

Contact me at my emailAddress :

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