Wed Dec 14 2011


The Chicago ALM User Group is a user group that meets monthly to discuss all things ALM and Visual Studio tooling that enables teams to develop better software within their organizations.  The key mission of this user group is to foster the community of people both using the ALM tools from Microsoft, implementing the ALM tools from Microsoft, and those that are interested in ALM - in general.

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  • Typically the first or second Wednesday of the month; but we've been known to vary somewhat


We alternate between Microsoft Chicago (AON Center) and Microsoft-Downers Grove. > Microsoft-Chicago, 200 E Randolph Ave, Suite 2000 (2nd Floor), Chicago, IL  60601

Microsoft-Downers Grove, 3025 Highland Parkway, Suite 300, Downers Grove, IL 60515


Angela Dugan (Microsoft)

Angela Dugan is an ALM tools evangelist with Microsoft, and has been part of the Developer and Platform Evangelism group since July of 2006. Prior to that, she was a software developer/architect/project manager/jack-of-all-trades for a small consulting firm in the western suburbs of Chicago. Angela is also a passionate member of Microsoft's Women in Technology group, is a Managing Director for Chicago Girls in Tech and is deeply involved in the ALM user group community in the Midwest.  When she manages to scrounge some free time, she is known to play embarrassingly dorky board games and RPGs, indulges in food snobbery, and attempts to be crafty and creative with hot glue guns, glitter and such without causing major injury to herself, her adorable dog and her equally geeky husband.

Chris Kadel (Polaris)

Chris Kadel is a Principal at Polaris Solutions.  Chris started his career as a Microsoft focused software developer, but has worked at the enterprise level with other technologies.  Chris works as an ALM Consultant as well as application solution architect when consulting for his clients.  Chris is passionate about making the software development industry a better one.

Jim Morrison (Polaris)

Jim has been active in the Microsoft community since 1995 with a focus on enterprise architecture and project management. Prior to co-founding Polaris, Jim designed, developed, and managed consulting projects for a Chicago based Microsoft Partner. Jim believes in the important role of development process and team structure to deliver successful projects. He has built extensive experience assessing, evaluating, and expanding enterprise software in a variety of industries.