The Daily Friction

A daily newsletter about automation and eliminating friction.

What if…? Source control is built into Dataverse.

What if...? Source control is built into Dataverse. Microsoft is focusing on building ALM pipelines into the platform and blocking unmanaged customizations. But would it not be nice if you didn't need an external source control system? Dataverse makes sure every...

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The case against managed solutions in Production environment.

The case against managed solutions in Production environment. How many times is Development or the Golden environment out-of-sync with the Production environment? If you could, you would refresh (backup) your environment from Production so it's in-sync again. But you...

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Everyone got ALM wrong in Dynamics 365 / Dataverse

For ages, we've been ferociously encouraging the integration of developer practices, such as source control and ALM, into the Dynamics 365/Dataverse realm. The ultimate truth The revered 'Master Branch' in source control, has always been the sole fountainhead from...

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Unit testing is overrated.

Unit testing is overrated. I don't think that unit testing is as important as people make it out to be. Is it something that is required for junior developers to learn? Juniors are supposed to make errors. It's good for them to screw up. Even be the cause of a...

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Scrum conceals bad teams.

Scrum conceals bad teams. Far too often, we confuse Scrum with a magic wand that transforms any team into a high-performing 'dream team'. It's tempting to believe that the sprint system, with its regular completion and initiation of tasks, gives us an agile and...

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🚀 Process Automations in Microsoft Loop!

🚀 Process Automations in Microsoft Loop! Now you can create Power Automate-backed rules to streamline repetitive tasks in your Loop table. See https://insider.microsoft365.com/en-us/blog/streamline-your-workflow-with-automation-in-microsoft-loop Loop is slowly...

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You don’t control the truth in Production!

You don't control the truth in Production! Now a days multiple teams/projects are working on the same Dataverse production environment. So thinking you can manage the complete production truth in your ALM pipeline is strange. Not every environment is 💯 equal to...

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Scrum: A Developer’s Blessing and Curse?

Scrum: A Developer's Blessing and Curse? Imagine a practice promising agility yet restricting creativity. That's Scrum with its structured sprints that can limit innovation. Sprint deadlines may hover over developers, forcing them into a high-pressure environment,...

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Extension methods on Enums?

Extension methods on Enums? Do you sometimes feel restricted by the Enum type in C#? You want to give it a little bit extra behavior by adding a method? Currently you can't add extension methods to Enums. Some other programming languages do offer this capability which...

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The New Outlook?

The New Outlook? The new outlook desktop client is basically the web version, which is a strange approach by Microsoft. You are not using the benefits of being a Windows application, like more integration into the OS. Power Users are complaining about the loss of...

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