Added by on April 6, 2018

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In this video Adam Cogan sits down with the father of TFS and co-creator of .NET Brian Harry.

They discuss some of Brian’s achievements and highlights at Microsoft, his lessons learned and advice to upcoming managers, plus why he’s decided to take a break after 23 years at Microsoft.

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Adam Cogan is the Chief Architect at SSW, a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner specializing in custom .NET, SharePoint, Business Intelligence, and CRM solutions. At SSW, Adam has been developing custom solutions for businesses across a range of industries such as Government, engineering, banking, insurance and manufacturing since 1990 for clients such as Microsoft, Worley Parsons and Aurecon.

Brian Harry is a Microsoft Technical Fellow working as the Product Unit Manager for Team Foundation Server – a server-based product designed to dramatically improve the productivity, predictability, and agility of software development teams by ensuring that all team members have easy access to the information they need to make the right decisions at the right time. Harry worked at start up DaVinci Systems doing electronic mail software from 1988 to 1992. In 1992 Harry left DaVinci Systems with two others to create One Tree Software. One Tree, was a classic garage-type startup company that developed and sold SourceSafe (the same product that is now Microsoft Visual SourceSafe). One Tree Software was acquired by Microsoft in 1994. After joining Microsoft, Harry worked in what was then the Tools and Databases division. For a couple of years he worked on SourceSafe and then on Microsoft Repository. In 1996 he and others began working on the problem of improving the approachability of API for the developer masses. Although this started as investigation of ways to extend COM it eventually grew into what we now know as the .NET Framework. Harry served as the Development manager for the Common Language Runtime and then as the PUM through the rest of the V1 and most of the V1.1 product cycle.

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  • You’re not alone, Brian! I’ve been a developer for many years, and last July moved out to 8 acres to start homesteading. So, during the week I’m using TFS to manage my .Net projects, and on the weekends I’m building chicken tractors and making soap.

    Enjoy your time away from MS and on the farm! You’ve earned it!