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Date & Time: Tuesday, 2011/03/08, 6:30 PM [Welcome time 6:00 PM]
 
Location: Building SW5 room 1840, BCIT Burnaby Campus, 3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC, V5G 3H2

Map of BCIT Burnaby campus: http://www.bcit.ca/files/about/pdf/bcitmap.pdf

Snacks: light refreshments & snacks provided by Tasktop Technologies

Registration: http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=154033

Topic: Bringing ALM into Visual Studio

In this presentation, Dr. David Shepherd will unveil how the new Tasktop for Visual Studio tool allows .NET and Visual Studio developers to bring HP and open-source ALM solutions into the Visual Studio UI to seamlessly integrate work items alongside coding activities. For developers, this means spending more of your day inside Visual Studio where you are productive. For managers, this means a much more up-to-date Agile or ALM repository. Dr. Shepherd will demonstrate how to bring work items into Visual Studio so that developers can update them as they work. For team leads and managers he will demonstrate how Tasktop's tooling easily scales to thousands of tasks, keeping them abreast of their team's progress. Tasktop Technologies, a Vancouver-based company and spin-off from UBC, is a true BC-based success story. As part of his presentation Dr. Shepherd will discuss how the Mylyn framework started from a PhD thesis, grew to be downloaded by millions of Eclipse users, and has been successfully productized as Tasktop, with 50+ integrations. He'll present his view, from the trenches of a startup, and discuss the successes and setbacks that Tasktop has experienced along the way.

Speaker: Dr. David Shepherd

Dr. David Shepherd has been creating Eclipse-based software tools since 2002, first as a PhD student at the University of Delaware and more recently as a postdoc at the University of British Columbia. Although he enjoyed researching software tools, eventually his practical side won over his academic interest and he now develops software tools at Tasktop Technologies. Along the way, David has presented at international software research conferences, organized workshops, and taught large university courses. His experience presenting, coupled with a penchant for visual thinking and a passion for software tools help him deliver engaging presentations.

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