Archive for April, 2013

TFS 2012: Set Default Task Activity in the Scrum Template

There is no option to do so without modifying the Task workitem template.

  • You need to install the TFS 2012 Power Tools

  • Open Visual Studio 2012
  • Click on Open WIT from Server


  • Select Task to modify the Tasks template


  • Click on Edit on the Activity field. At this point we want to know the valid values


  • Select SuggestedValues and click on Edit
  • You should see a list of the valid values
  • Close all the dialogs to get back to the previous screen shot


  • Click on the Workflow tab
  • Right click on ToDo and click on Open Details


  • Click on the new Button
  • Select Microsoft.VSTS.Common.Activity from the drop down


  • Click on the Rules tab
  • Click on the New Button
  • Select DEFAULT


  • Select value from the From combobox and type Development in the Value field


  • Click OK to close the Default dialog
  • Click OK to close the workflow State Field Rules dialog


  • click the save button.


  • Create new Task from Visual Studio or Web Access


Ottawa IT Camp 2013

The sixth annual Ottawa IT Camp is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at Algonquin College.  2013 is year number 6 for the Ottawa IT Camp.

We are excited and eager to bring you the best camp that we can.
Look forward to lots of IT Topics.
This year we welcome OWASP‘s participation as the fourth local user group. Come see the new IT Security track at the camp.
Our three core user groups include: the Ottawa dot net community, the Profession Association of SQL Server and the Ottawa Windows Server User Group – this is a great learning and networking event for IT Technology.

Note: There is a $25 admission fee (to improve our attendance match to registrations) which is nothing for a full day training. Register now and you won’t regret it GUARANTEED!

For more info you can visit

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Visual Studio ALM MVP 2013

April 1st at noon, I received an email from MVPAward congratulating me for becoming a Visual Studio ALM MVP. Don’t worry it wasn’t an April fool’s day prank.

It took me a great effort and dedication to achieve that but it is really worth it. During the last two years I have learned a lot from reading, experimenting and answering questions on the MSDN forums. I was also glad to share my experience and knowledge in Team Foundation Server and ALM with the community through my blog and presentations.

I would like to thank God for all the bounties he has been giving me and I would also like to thank everybody who contributed to the achievement of this milestone in my career. A special thanks goes to my wife, parents, family, Ottawa IT Community, MEA ALM Community, those who nominated me for this award and the readers of my blog.

Ahmed Al-Asaad


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