patterns and practices Visual Studio Team System Guidance Now Available

This is our first release of our Visual Studio Team System Guidance.  This project is a collaborative effort with VSTS team members, customers, field, and industry experts.

What you'll see so far, is Practices at a Glance and Questions and Answers as we're tackling source control / versioning.  They are designed to give you a quick path through the lessons learned and emerging practices.  These are works in progress.  As we learn, we update.  What you'll also see is a section that includes artifacts we create to help us build the guidance.  You'll also see a Team System Resources Index which is lists of the various public resources we use.  One of the first things steps we took to ramp our team, was gather and catalog the available resources.  There are a lot!

Once we tackle source control, we'll be moving through other high priority areas, such as build, work items, and reporting.   We're evaluating customer success using scenarios, organized as Scenario Frames.  Here's our emerging Source Control Scenario Frame. The working plan at this point is to build community around our Visual Studio Team System Guidance, while we tune and prune our guidance.  We have a fast publishing path in CodePlex and we can experiment with usability and various guidance form factors.  As the guidance matures, we can make key guidance broadly available in the MSDN library.

Our team includes previous members from security and performance guidance: Alex Mackman, Jason Taylor and Prashant Bansode.  We're working closely with Jeff Beehler, Rob Caron, Graham Barry, and Bijan Javidi on the VSTS side to bring you the guidance you need.  Send your feedback, fan mail and hate mail to

Comments (6)

  1. Wonder Boy says:

    Thanks that’s useful information!!!

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  3. Sam Gentile says:

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  4. J.D. Meier was recently telling me the way he distinguishes between product documentation and guidance…it’s

  5. Our patterns and practices team has just released new prescriptive guidance for Visual Studio Team System

  6. J.D. Meier’s Blog has an entry on the recent release of the new prescriptive guidance for Visual Studio

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