ALM Summit in Redmond, WA, USA, November 16-18 2010

As we took off for Redmond at the beginning of last week,Ogy and Vedran in the Microsoft Conference Center I was a bit worried whether ALM Summit is going to meet my expectations.
One of my roles is to promote TeamCompanion on the global market, so we decided to take Gold sponsorship of the conference. As Gold sponsors, among other things, we were given a booth, but only for 2.5 hours during the Technical Reception on Wednesday afternoon. ALM Summit is a relatively small conference (around 250 participants) so I wasn't sure if this is the right place to promote TeamCompanion. However, it turned out to be a great event for us! First of all, the feedback on TeamCompanion's features (3.0 and 3.1 CTP) that we were given at the booth was more than positive.
The features people loved most include work item editing in offline mode, agile project management features like backlog prioritization with d'n'd support and iteration planning, create work item from email, 'Done' button etc. (Take a look at the video)
The people we were talking to were to a great extent ALM practitioners, so it was easy for us to explain the added value you get when you integrate such a great collaboration tool as Outlook is with the team development platform-TFS.
To sum it up, we had a great time at the booth presenting TeamCompanion and talking to lots of people.Microsoft Conference Center

We also seized the opportunity being at the Microsoft campus and scheduled TeamCompanion presentation for some of the internal MS dev teams. This was fun, because they started to push us making announcements on the release date for the new version and adding new features they need right away. It wasn't easy to resist Nerd smile.

A word or two on ALM Summit speakers. From Sam Guckenheimer, Brian Harry and Ken Schwaber to ALM specialist in specific ALM areas; this experienced speakers delivered sessions of much higher quality than the ones on 'standard' IT conferences. I intend to blog on this one in some of my next posts.

So, as you already may have noticed, the ALM Summit definitely met my expectations :). As far as I’m concerned, Ekobit and TeamCompanion are waiting for the next Summit to come.

Vedran Brnicevic

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