Video-Based Guidance Experiment


We’re piloting some video-based guidance.  Here’s what I want to accomplish for the videos:



  • Factor “What Is” from “How To” type videos (i.e. reference vs. action)

  • Do more, smaller videos vs. a few larger videos (modular vs. monolithic)

  • Show me how vs. just tell me how

  • Outcome-based videos (walk away with actionable insights)

  • Share strategies and approaches that sometimes don’t across in just text

For the user experience:



  • Ability to quickly browse an index of the videos

  • Ability to preview the videos inline

  • Ability to download and watch the videos at your convenience

I’d like the videos to complement our text-based guidance modules (how tos, guidelines, checklists.)   While doing video is nothing new, I think the tough part for my team is figuring out:



  • How to balance prose-based guidance with video-based guidance

  • How to figure out the most useful videos to avoid signal to noise ratios

  • How to figure out the most effective channels and mediums

I think a lot of our guidance can be more consumable in video form.  At the same time, I think some things aren’t as useful in video.  I see video as a supplement to augment baking knowledge into plaintext (where we can efficiently search it, share it, tag it … etc.).

Comments (3)

  1. As part of our Video-Based Guidance Experiment , we’ve released an initial set of VSTS Guidance Videos

  2. We added Video: What Is – New in Team Foundation Server Source Control to our Visual Studio Team System

  3. Bryan Hinton says:

    Will these videos be exposed through the Guidance Explorer?  I don’t see them presently