New Prescriptive Guidance for Visual Studio Team System

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

Since my previous post we've made significant updates with the addition of the following content:

This puts us on course to deliver on these main outcomes we have in mind for our Visual Studio Team System Guidance Project

  • The single best repository of Visual Studio Team System guidance

  • Practical and insightful scenario-based guidance for roles (PMs, developers, architects, testers ... etc.)

  • Thoroughly engineered and tested set of recommendations

  • Great entry point through videos, roadmaps, and task-based How Tos

  • Breadth and depth coverage

Project Overview
While Visual Studio Team System provides powerful new tools, customers are asking "where's the guidance?" ... "where do I start?" ... "how do I make the most of the tools?"  In response, our team is building a definitive Body of Guidance (BOG) for Team System. This includes How Tos, Guidelines, Practices, Q&A, video-based guidance, and more.

We’re helping customers walk before they run, so we’re starting with the foundation.  On the code side (for developers) – this includes source control, building your dev and test environments and setting up a build process.  On the project side (for PMs) – this includes work items and reporting.  Once we have the foundation in place, we can move up the stack to making the most out of Team System for the various roles (tester, architect, developer … etc.)
We're framing out the tough problems using Scenario Frames (for an example see Source Control Scenario Frame).  We then identify where we need guidance and perform solution engineering.  This involves building out reproducible customer scenarios, vetting potential solutions, and sharing the ones we can generalize enough to be broadly useful, yet still specific enough to be actionable.
We're partnering with customers, product teams, support, field, MVPs, and subject matter experts.  We’re working closely with Jeff Beehler to synchronize efforts with the VSTS Rangers, such as the Branching Guidance.

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Comments (20)

  1. Please be sure to check out this blog post by J.D. Meier over in the Patterns & Practises team. A

  2. Rob Caron says:

    J.D. Meier of patterns & practices fame blogged about New Prescriptive Guidance for Visual Studio

  3. Check out the newly released guidance that the Patterns and Practices team has been working on for TFS:

  4. I strongly encourage everyone to take a look at the VSTS Guidance project update recently posted by JD

  5. Be sure to check out this post from J.D. Meier . It contains a LOT of new information and recommendations

  6. The Patterns & Practices team has just released an excellent set of prescriptive guides for Visual

  7. J.D Meier has just blogged on the release of new prescriptive guidance for Visual Studio Team System

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  9. Wow, it’s been an exciting couple of weeks for Visual Studio Team System users. Generally I don’t like

  10. Il y a quelques jours, je bloguai au sujet d’un site codeplex sur les stratégies de branches dans Team

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  12. After hearing from our customers that one of their top needs was more guidance on how best to use our

  13. msdn Austria says:

    Für die Visual Studio Team Suite wurde kürzlich ein Guidance Project vorgestellt: Guidances (die z.B.

  14. Val says:

    hmm, is this up? when I go to, I get a gnarly error page:

    When I list all projects on CodePlex, there’s no listing for VSTSGuidance. What gives?

  15. val says:

    Never mind.. works now. I tried to hit these links all morning and got errors, the site must have been waiting for me to report a propblem 😉

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  17. Dave Bost says:

    I’m catching up on my Inbox after my vacation from a couple of weeks ago and I ran across an email from

  18. Via Dave Bost , via J.D. Meier … It’s been about a year and a half now since Microsoft released Visual

  19. Steven Smith says:

    This is all from last month, but I’ve been busy so it’s been in my queue. Sorry for the late

  20. Many customers must be looking for more guidance on how best to use our VSTS in the real world, the VSTS

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