Changing columns on a VSTS sprint board

by Adam Knight on 06/07/2017 12:30

This article is republished from my original 'Changing columns on a VSTS sprint board' post on

It's very easy to add columns to a Product Backlog Board in VSTS - you can use the board settings to create new columns, rename and re-order, or even remove columns from the board. The only special columns are the first and the last one, which can't be removed or deleted since they have a special meaning as far as work goes - they represent the start and end state of the work you're managing.

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The 4th and final day of Microsoft Ignite

by Adam Knight on 02/11/2016 12:30

This article is republished from my original 'The 4th and final day of Microsoft Ignite' post in LinkedIn.

Also have a read of my highlights from Microsoft Ignite Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

The final day of Ignite is a half day so people can get back home in time for the weekend. I saw delegates from all parts of New Zealand, Australia and of course speakers from around the world. Walking through the Sky City hotel to my first session, there were lines of people in Microsoft t-shirts checking out and it made me realize what a huge undertaking this conference was. 2500 delegates and 140 sessions (up to 8 sessions across 2 conference centres at any one time), the party, keynote, breakout labs, vendor booths and catering. Wow! Quite a logistical feat.

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Day 3 of Microsoft Ignite NZ

by Adam Knight on 28/10/2016 10:00

This article is republished from my original 'Day 3 of Microsoft Ignite NZ' post in LinkedIn.

Also have a read of my highlights from Microsoft Ignite Day 1 and Day 2.

I have been writing up my time at Microsoft Ignite at the end of each day, and I'm really glad now because the sessions I went to on Tuesday are a bit of a blur now. Today's sessions will stick for a while though, as they are much more my bread and butter as a solutions architect. I've found the 12 Factor App patterns really influential and designed my last project around Microservices running in Docker containers.

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Watch Ashley's 'DevOps with Visual Studio' presentation from Microsoft Ignite NZ

by Brendon Livingstone on 27/10/2016 12:00

Equinox IT's Ashley Stewart presented 'Moving from Agile to DevOps with Visual Studio Team Services' at Microsoft Ignite NZ yesterday. The presentation was very well received and the recording by Microsoft is embedded below for you to watch.

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Cross-platform DevOps with Visual Studio events in Wellington and Auckland

by Brendon Livingstone on 08/03/2016 10:00

Are your development teams truly as effective as they could be?

In a fast moving world, development teams need to be finely tuned, innovating and rapidly delivering software and results that help their organisations become more relevant. These development teams need to be harnessing the power of modern development approaches such as Agile and DevOps and ensuring that they get the most from their development tools.

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