Spotlight on ALM and TFS


STB13_Colin_03 Establishing good ALM practices and learning to take full advantage of ALM tools is one of the best investments you can make with your team. Premier Support for Developers works with many of Microsoft’s largest and most strategic customers to optimize the use of Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio ALM tools. Whether you are planning a move to the cloud with VSO, exploring the new 2015 toolset, or optimizing the version of TFS you have deployed against your custom business requirements, we can help.

Premier Support for Developers provides access to a broad range of ALM experts and TFS resources. Below are just a few of the popular ALM workshops available to our customers in the US and Canada.  Check with your ADM to find out more about the ALM workshops available in your region.

TFS Essentials

The Visual Studio 2013 ALM TFS Essentials Workshop is a three-day instructor-led training course that provides participants with must have fundamentals when using Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2013. Best practices for working with Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC), Work Items, and Team Foundation Build will be covered in-depth. Proficiency with these three “pillars” is key to unlocking the full potential of your software development efforts and becoming skillful with ALM practices. Demystify the tooling and features to enable developers of all skill levels to ‘unlock’ huge productivity gains by enhancing their skills on Visual Studio Team Foundation Server.

Topics Include

  • Visual Studio ALM Overview
  • Team Projects
  • Team Foundation Version Control Fundamentals
  • Team Foundation Version Control Advanced Topics
  • Getting Started with Git
  • Work Items
  • Team Foundation Build
  • Release Management
  • Plan and Track Projects

Testing Tools

The Visual Studio 2013 ALM Testing Tools Workshop is a three-day instructor-led training course that provides participants with a wide range of technical information about Visual Studio 2013 Testing Tools. Specifically, it discusses how the Visual Studio integrated tool suite and Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) can help testers and developers create and manage robust test plans and suites throughout the Software Development Life Cycle. After completion, participants will have a deeper understanding of how to leverage Visual Studio testing tools to thoroughly test their applications and services. This Workshop is meant to cover a variety of test types and tools available with Visual Studio 2013. An in-depth coverage for MTM and manual testing as well as automated testing using Visual Studio is included.

Topics Include

  • Visual Studio ALM Overview
  • Managing Testing Efforts
  • Manual Testing
  • Unit Testing
  • Coded UI Testing
  • Web Performance and Load Testing
  • Introduction to Visual Studio Lab Management

TFS Administration

The Visual Studio 2013 ALM Team Foundation Server Administration Workshop is a three day instructor-led training course that provides participants with a wide range of technical information about administering Team Foundation Server. It specifically discusses how Team Foundation Server provides a fundamental point of integration for the entire suite of development tools and technologies. After completing the Workshop, participants will have a deeper understanding of how to implement, manage, administer, and maintain an enterprise level Team Foundation Server deployment.

Topics Include

  • Visual Studio ALM Overview
  • Architecture and Internals
  • Security
  • Version Control
  • Team Foundation Build and Release Management
  • Customizing Team Foundation Server
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Installations and Upgrades
  • Performance Monitoring and Tuning

Lab Management

The Visual Studio 2013 ALM: Lab Management Workshop is a three-day instructor-led training course that provides participants with must have fundamentals when using Lab Management, an extension of Microsoft Test Manager. In depth coverage is provided on best practices for working with Lab Management and the related technologies such as Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Students will learn how to setup and administer Lab Management as well as create and manage virtual environments.

Topics Include

  • Visual Studio ALM Overview
  • Lab Management Configuration
  • Test Environments
  • Testing: This module will explore
  • Build Automation
  • Developer and Tester workflows

Release Management

The DevOps: Release Management for Visual Studio Workshop is a three-day instructor-led training course that provides participants with essential knowledge of concepts for Release Management for Visual Studio. Releasing software frequently and dependably enables you to gather early feedback and respond to change quickly. Continuous delivery is quickly becoming the standard by which software projects are executed. Projects of all sizes face challenges releasing software that threaten the bottom line. This workshop will equip users of Visual Studio ALM with the necessary skills to build an effective release pipeline with the Release Management functionality provided by Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. The tooling in Visual Studio ALM provides organizations the ability to bring IT and Development group’s together working on a centralized approach for releasing software in a predictable dependable way. Mature the DevOps story inside of your organization by leveraging Release Management, and drive predictable efficient releases for your organization.

Topics Include

  • Visual Studio ALM Overview
  • Release Management Architecture
  • Release Pipelines
  • Release Management and Team Foundation Build
  • Deployment Recipes
  • Advanced Topics (custom tools, etc.)

Premier Support for Developers provides strategic technology guidance, critical support coverage, and a range of essential services to help teams optimize development lifecycles and improve software quality.  Contact your Application Development Manager (ADM) or email us to learn more about what we can do for you.
Comments (1)

  1. Nicolas Nguyen, Industrial Alliance says:

    Have you updated these workshops for TFS 2015 ?

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