I got a great New-Year's surprise yesterday - an e-mail telling me that I've been honored with the Team System MVP award. What a great start of this new year! It's great to be part of this community, the VSTS space is very open and friendly. I'm often amazed by how willing people are to share their knowledge, not to mention how open the Microsoft product teams are with what they are doing and how they do it. Amazing!
As a result of the MVP award I got thinking about in what ways I can contribute to the community this year and here's the list I came up with:
- Blog more about my experiences from working with Team System. Off the top of my head are subjects like TFS extensibility (more code samples) and automated testing.
- Seminars and conferences. I've got the opportunity to talk at seminars and conferences the coming months. I'll post some references to that later.
- Code projects. Since TFS and VSTS are so extensible there's room for good add-ons. I've worked on a couple of projects on Codeplex and I have some ideas I hope I'll be able to realize this year.
- User-groups. We've got a quite active .NET user-group going and I hope there's interest for some VSTS talks there.
It's going to be a great year with VSTS and I'm really looking forward to getting to know more of my fellow MVPs.