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Another great panel discussion from TechEd 2007! Carl and Richard talk to a panel of experts about various topics around VSTS and team development focusing on team challenges.


Mike Azocar is a Microsoft Solutions Architect for Sogeti Houston. Mike has been in the software game for over 14 years. He also has the distinction of being one of the few Microsoft Certified Professionals whose only certification comes from a test that he helped to author (Exam 70-510). Mike evangelizes Visual Studio Team System and works closely with both the Microsoft Houston office and the VSTS Product Team in Redmond. Recently, Mike competed (and lost) the Speaker Idol competition and presented a Chalk Talk session on Process Templates at Tech Ed 2007 in Orlando. Mike's blog can be found at www.michaelazocar.com/blog


Steven Borg is the founder of Northwest Cadence, a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner focused on Visual Studio Team System. He was selected as a VSTS MVP in the first round back in 2005, and has been a Team System MVP even since. He's little `a' agile, and big on understanding what makes successful development teams tick. If you're coming out to TechEd, be sure to head out a day early for his pre-con covering 5 ways real companies have gotten the most out of Team System. Visit his blog at http://blog.nwcadence.com to learn more!


Joel Semeniuk is a founder of Imaginet Resources Corp., a Canadian based Microsoft Gold Partner and the #1 Small to Medium Sized Employer in Canada. Currently, Joel also served as the Executive Vice President of Innovation and Agile Project Management at Telerik. Joel has a degree in Computer Science and is also a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft Most Valued Professional in the area of Application Lifecycle Management and previously Software Architecture. With over 20 years of experience, Joel specializes in bridging technology to business needs by applying "outside the box thinking" and passion to everything he touches across an extremely broad set of industries. Joel is globally recognized for his knowledge of Application Lifecycle Management as well as team and organizational change. Joel regularly speaking at conferences around the world on a wide range of ALM, Agile, Lean and Customer Development topics. Joel is a zealous Lean thinker, and works to apply Lean Thinking strategies to the delivery of customer value and business development. Over the past 10 years, Joel has dedicated himself to the establishment of his unique approach to innovation and business development, drawing from Customer Development, Lean Thinking and Growth Hacking practices. Considered by his peers as an "idea hamster", he now works exclusively in emerging and new business development/consolidation at Imaginet. Joel works as a mentor at AcceleratorHK, Hong Kong's most successful Startup Accelerator, and works to direct a number of startups incubated by Imaginet in the Transportation, Healthcare, and Financial industries. Joel is well published, coauthoring four books and hundreds of articles over the past 20 years. Joel is also regularly engaged by industry press for quotes and insight.


Doug Seven is a Senior Product Manager for Visual Studio. For the past three years Doug has focused on tools enabling application lifecycle management (ALM), including Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server. Doug Joined Microsoft ten years ago. With a colleague from Microsoft, Doug left and create DotNetJunkies.com and SqlJunkies.com and spent the next five years evangelizing ASP.NET and the .NET Framework. Five years ago Doug rejoined Microsoft as a Development Lead in Microsoft.com where he helped his team implement Team System and an ALM solution. Now Doug is using that experience to help define the next set of tools from Microsoft to enable team collaboration and productivity.


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Running Time 65 minutes      Date Thursday, June 28, 2007     Comments Comments


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