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Professional Team Foundation Server 2010 by Brian Keller, Grant Holliday, Martin Woodward, Ed Blankenship

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Chapter 24. Working with Geographically Distributed Teams

WHAT'S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • Understanding the difficulties of a distributed development environment

  • Getting to know Team Foundation Server Proxy

  • Learning techniques for working with remote teams

  • Dealing with build servers in a distributed environment

  • Getting to know Team Foundation Server Integration Tools

  • Understanding how to be effective when the server is not available

The development of software by distributed teams is a growing trend. People are working in a global economy with greater competition and choice. There are many reasons you may be working with a distributed team, including the following:

  • Your company has grown and expanded, and has several field offices.

  • Your company contracts out portions of development to third parties.

  • A merger has occurred, and two companies must work interactively over great distances.

Even if you don't work in a distributed team, you may work in an environment whereby your server infrastructure is located at a different physical location. Following are a couple of examples:

  • Your IT infrastructure is outsourced to another company.

  • Your development team is located in a different city from the main office to take advantage of skilled workers in that area.

  • You have a mobile workforce that moves between offices and has no main office.

When you work with Team Foundation Server 2010 in this environment, there are a number of challenges that you will face, and considerations that you must account for. This chapter ...

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