Martin Hinshelwood: SSW Solution Architect, Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP & Professional Scrum Developer Trainer

“Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence!”

Martin Hinshelwood

Martin Hinshelwood

Position: Solution Architect, Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP & Ranger

Qualifications: BSc Computer Studies, Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist

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Martin is a Solution Architect at SSW, and also one of three Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP in the UK and has over 9 years experience in the software industry. He regularly writes on his ALM blog, has many articles published on Code Project and is a moderator on Microsoft forums. His expertise includes (but is not exclusive to) Team Foundation Server, Scrum, WPF, Silverlight, SharePoint, VB.NET, C#, WCF, ASP.NET.

Martin speaks at DDD Scotland, one of the top events in the UK along with a number of User Groups across UK and Europe. And is excited to be presenting the Professional Scrum Developer course which he is one of only three qualified trainers in the UK.

He aims to continue improve the engineering practices of development teams in the UK and Europe. He does this by migrating them to, and coaching them in the use of, Microsoft’s ALM offering in combination with Scrum. These offerings include Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Visual Studio.

Some of Martin’s highlights have been:

  • TFS2010 Beta 2 Migration
    Martin was on the team that gave SSW the distinction of being the first company in the world to be in production with Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server.
  • TFS2010 RC Migration
    Again SSW was the first company in the world, outside of Microsoft, to deploy the Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server to production. Martin used his expertise of migrating process templates and updating the SharePoint portal.
  • First Scrum project at SSW
    Martin was involved in finally removing the 'scrum buts' so SSW could use the good engineering practices of Scrum at 100%.
    Related Technology: Team Foundation Server, Scrum, Team Build, Team Test
  • SSW SQL Deploy
    Updating SSW’s SQL Deploy so that it supported Silverlight 4.
    Related Technology: Silverlight, MVVM, IoC, WCF

Martin’s open source projects:

  • TFS Event Handler
    If you assign someone a work item, they should always receive an email. The TFS Event Handler makes it easier to notify users of changes to Work Items in Team Foundation Server. You will no longer need to add individual alerts to users.
    Related Technology: Team Foundation Server, VB.NET, WCF, Windows Services
  • TFS Sticky Buddy
    TFS Sticky Buddy makes it easier for all members of the development team to visualise the current state of their project by utilising a graphical view of Work Items. (Only for TFS 2005 & 2008. This is not relevant in VS2010 since Telerik’s work item manager has taken this idea to next step.)
    Related Technology: Team Foundation Server, VB.NET, WPF