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HOW-TO: Apply a “baseless merge” in Team Foundation Server 2010 (and 2012)

Another purely technical post on TFS...
The scenario We wish to migrate code between branches that do not have a branch/merge relationship, in order to expedite urgent changes being made by a project team, without disrupting on-going BAU development work. Sample branch hierachy/strategy Imagine the following branching strategy in TFS (visible by connecting to TFS via Visual Studio 2010 or 2012):

Essentially you have a "DEV" branch, which has a "QA" branch, which in turn has a "PROD" branch. DEV is the branch that you would be using for BAU development. As a piece of development matures, you move it into QA, where it is tested by your internal QA team. There may be further changes made in DEV that are moved into the QA branch as the QA team pick up issues. Once the QA team are happy with a packaged of changes, they will move them into PROD, which is essentially the hand-over to the customer. The PROD branch represents the software that the customer has.

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HOW-TO: Add/edit a field in Team Foundation Server 2012 using Visual Studio 2012

It's been a while since I made a purely technical post...

So, today I wanted to make a change to a Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2012 (TFS2012) instance that I am working with to reflect "Actual" time spent on a task - mainly for reporting purposes, and because I have found in the past that making this minor process adjustment yields a relatively useful metric over the long-term.

I am using the Microsoft Scrum 2.1 Process Template (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/ff731587.aspx) for a project that I am working with. So that I don't forget how to do this (again!) I will blog-post the procedure I've used to add this field to the template as a screen-shot-based tutorial, as follows...
Before Assuming you are familiar with the Scrum Process Template (2.1-ish) - open a task and take a look at the "Details" section, as follows:


 This is where I want my "Actual" field to show up.
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Lean Startup in Politics

[Sir Roger Douglas - Source: http://liberation.typepad.com/liberation/2009/01/act-party-history-1-formation-of-a-pressure-group.html]
I was reading a paper this-morning written by NZ politician Sir Roger Douglas, in preparation for a talk that I'll be attending by this fellow as part of an economics course that I'm doing at the moment. The paper was written in 1990 and is entitled "Politics of Successful Structural Reform" - here is a link to it:

https://www.cis.org.au/images/stories/policy-magazine/1990-autumn/1990-6-1-roger-douglas.pdf

The paper is generally about policy reform in New Zealand through the 1980s and to some extent, as with most political rhetoric, is about the writer patting himself and his colleagues on the back. There is a clear tone in this paper however of an urge to improve the nation and look past petty political posturing and toward the "long game" of improving the nation's situation. Sir Roger urges the reduction of wasteful post…

Clarification: "our planet does not need to be saved"

Following a robust debate/discussion with a good friend at the weekend, on topics related to a previous post I have made, I thought it would be worth exploring further details of that previous post (made just under a year ago) and clarifying. The post was entitled "our planet does not need to be saved". If you find the title of this post intriguing and you intend to read further, I suggest you jump back and read the following link first (otherwise the following discussion will not make much sense):

http://blog.infostructure.co.nz/2012/05/our-planet-does-not-need-to-be-saved.html

My friend believes that the original post comes across as deeply pessimistic, and in some respects, nihilistic - whereas from my perspective, it is the opposite. So I'll try here to more effectively express myself and clarify my point.
ClarificationTo clarify up-front; from a young age I have been quite concerned about the environment and the damage that our species appears to be doing to it  (like…