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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota

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Seminar Overview 
Yes, I'll admit it. Not long ago I was a 90 pound quality weakling. Other developers would kick sand in my face and flex their low bug counts and rock solid code, but I just couldn't get my code integrated fast enough to fight back. I didn't even know if my entire application would compile, let alone if the pieces would all work together! It was embarrassing… humiliating even. But that was before I discovered Team System and the included build system! I started an automated build workout regimen and started flexing my low bug biceps. I started out easy by automating the compile process, and working it out once a day. Then I added unit tests to my application and my code got stronger. A little profiling sprints and I got faster. A quick check-up using code metrics revealed some areas that needed work. I set up some tests to make sure I was meeting my targets, and soon my metrics got cleaner. Things were looking up! The daily build was working out my code, but I wanted more! It wasn't long before I was up to multiple build reps a day. In fact, within a month I was integrating my code at every check in. Then I started to add variety to my workout. I threw in a few unit tests first to run during the build, and bulked up fast. Then functional tests, and I really got strong. I even started deploying my application with every build, giving me rock hard, six-pack abs to bounce my tests against. Today, I'm a quality stud, and no one challenges the quality of my code.

Don't miss this session! In it, you'll learn how to use Team System 2008 to radically improve the quality of your code, as well as have confidence you have in every line of code you write. And that's not all! You'll be entertained, no delighted, with the flashing light that is triggered by my planned (of course) build failures! You'll love it so much, you'll want your own. And you're in luck, since I'll also include the code and instructions for building your own "build break" notifier (siren, flashing light, sound effect, or lava lamp).

Don't let others challenge the quality of your code! Register today and start flexing those quality muscles now!

Organizations or individuals who have expressed interest in working with Team Foundation Server or are currently working with it. Target audience would be developers/architects who are experienced and want to see the full business reason for an implementation

Shad Timm, a VSTS Consultant for Northwest Cadence, is an accomplished TFS and Team System expert, with experience ranging from installing and configuring TFS, to migrating code to TFS, to setting up software development processes (including Software Configuration Management best practices). Having both the developer perspective on using TFS as well as managing a software development process gives him a great edge for sharing his knowledge with others and guiding them to the best use of TFS and Team System.

He has most recently been instrumental in the successful adoption of Team System for a large enterprise customer. At that client he ensured a quality software process, as well as fully automating their very complex build (among many, many other things).

At TechEd 2008, he presented two sessions, one on software quality with Team System, and the other on Team Build. Both were very well received 

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