clip_image001For those of you who joined us for the AlignIT Manager Tech Talk series on Thursday, this ALM webcast series is the perfect continuation of the conversation that we had with Sam Guckenheimer. As we discussed on the show, application Lifecycle Management is about managing the lifespan of your applications with a set of processes and tools that integrate team members and activities. Visual Studio 2010 focuses on further enhancing the flow of information across your team and improving software quality. This five part webcast series is designed to help you explore opportunities to minimize development costs within tight timelines while remaining agile throughout software development and test cycles.

Delivering Solutions using Microsoft Project Server and ALM
Featuring: Gord Schmidt, Agora Consulting Partners, Kevin Schmidt, Agora Consulting Partners

Organizations are investing heavily in building project management competencies through the improvement in processes and use of tools such as Microsoft Office Project Server to ensure the predictable and reliable delivery of projects. At the same time an increasing number of development teams are moving towards agile techniques. Integrating and reconciling development teams and project management has become extremely important. Microsoft's Application Lifecycle Management strategy includes solutions designed to enable Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, and Project Server to connect together seamlessly. This session will explore the connectivity capabilities of the different products and demonstrate how this can enable development teams and project managers to work efficiently and increase productivity.

November 17, 2011 – 1:00 PM ET

The Release Management Challenge and Visual Studio ALM
Featuring: Claude Remillard, President, InCycle Software

Learn how Release Management practices and tools can significantly reduce the risks and costs of the go-to-market. Application Release is often complex, brittle and error-prone resulting in delays and many frustrations along the way. Thanks to new tools and approaches, the release process can now be successfully automated and managed. Learn how to integrate Visual Studio 2010 tools and InRelease to implement a fully automated Release Paths for your .Net based applications. We will take you through all the step and tools required from developer check-in to production.

November 24, 2011 – 1:00 PM ET

Managing and Tracking Requirements with Microsoft ALM
Featuring: Roxanne E. Miller, President of Requirements Quest, Adam Gallant, Technology Solutions Professional, Microsoft, Asif Sharif, Chief Technologist, eDev Technologies

The goal of a successful requirements management process is to get a consistent interpretation of the requirements from all the stakeholders. The goal of process improvement is for people in your organization to work in new ways that yield effective results. Using the right integrated platform that support requirements definition & management, collaboration, project management, test management & automation and software development activity is key to any successful project. Microsoft Visual Studio along with inteGREAT provides just such a platform.

December 1, 2011 – 1:00 PM ET

Leveraging Microsoft ALM to deliver Windows Phone Solutions
Featuring: Mano Kulasingham, DigiFlare

The Windows Phone platform provides development organizations with a new way to reach consumers and employees. With rich tools to allow organizations to leverage their existing skills and make use of cloud services, the possibilities that this platform presents to organizations is exciting. However, in the rush to deliver applications for this platform, and the increasingly large market of consumers it provides, it becomes even more important than ever to ensure that developers, testers, and planners are able to collaborate effectively to product high quality, robust solutions. This session will provide an overview of some of the challenges faced in building Windows Phone applications as a team, and present some techniques to address those challenges with Visual Studio ALM and Team Foundation Server.

December 8, 2011 – 1:00 PM ET

Moving to Microsoft ALM from existing Source Control Repositories
Featuring: Adam Gallant, Technology Solutions Professional, Microsoft

Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server provides a modern, enterprise capable platform for solution delivery, including a robust version control system. However, many organizations face the challenge of migrating from existing source control repositories and systems to take advantage of TFS. This session will explore the challenges and proven techniques to address this scenario, addressing the migration from technologies like Visual SourceSafe, PVCS, ClearCase, and Subversion.

December 15, 2011 – 1:00 PM ET