When would I use a Branch for Developer Scenario?

Question: Any opinion on branch per developer approach? This is the first time I have come across it someplace and feel that there’s just no reason too. I’ve been through the branching guidance and even use your article in MSDN magazine from earlier this year as reference. The development teams are offshore and not always…


VS ALM Rangers Branching Guidance–Shared Code and Dependency Management

As we begin planning the next release of the branching guidance, a top priority is to address how to manage shared code dependencies (the Dependency Repository / Shared Code issue). The newly release Build Customization Guide (now available for download from Codeplex) begins to address this issue, primarily from a build perspective. For the Branching…


Renaming a branch with shelvesets

Caution: Renaming branches in TFS 2010 is a very bad idea unless you follow a very specific set of steps: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/chandrur/archive/2010/06/09/renaming-branches-in-tfs-2010.aspx. In TFS 2010, Unshelve will follow pending renames but it will not follow renames committed between when the shelveset was created and the current workspace version.  Here are two cases. Case 1: In some…


Where do I fix a production defect?

Question from a customer of the Rangers Branching Guidance (http://tfsbranchingguideiii.codeplex.com ) “My company has a major release every 3 months.  In between major releases we have monthly maintenance releases. (Similar to the "Advanced Branching Plan") Our monthly release usually is limited to high priority bugs based on customer complaints and business needs. Scenario: Lets say…


Project Dependencies will break with branching if not done properly

In the February 2011 issue of MSDN Magazine, I wrote an article on Shared Code (or code dependencies as some call it). Often I see a common problem with relative references to dependent assemblies or projects. If relative references are not created properly for a solution that is branched, the relative references may break. Since…


Branching–Sprint is Done, Some Features Are Not

Download the latest VS ALM Rangers Branching Guidance Here: http://tfsbranchingguideiii.codeplex.com/  Background – I keep getting this question: I have a quick question for you on branching in Scrum and feature management.  My client is using Scrum and if we look at the branching structure all sprints branch off of main.  I noticed in your blog…


Branching for Scrum

This article presents a perspective on Source Control Management (SCM) using Team Foundation Server (TFS) with Scrum projects. Although I start with a short overview of Scrum to lay the foundation for the concepts, the essence of this article is to present TFS Branching Concepts for Scrum projects, large and small. This article is an…


Parallel Feature Teams working on multiple releases in development. Monthly releases to production.

I recently received a question from a customer who is dealing with the need to support multiple feature teams working on multiple releases in development. They asked how to structure branching to support this environment. Background: My company is, for all practical purposes, a dot com. We have a single production website used by all…


Branching for Agile Development

I was recently asked a question based on the following presentation from Google: How Google Speeds Up The Chrome Release Cycle (Slideshow) The main part of the article that interests me is the following: "Anthony LaForge, the technical program manager at Google overseeing Chrome development, created this presentation to explain how Chrome’s development cycles work….