Team Foundation Server 2015 upgrade planning

Do you plan to upgrade your Visual Studio Team Foundation Server? Here are a few discussions and checklists to help you with the planning: New Elements of TFS 2015 that influence an upgrade Long Lead Preparations Long Lead Checklist Short Lead Checklist Post Upgrade Checklist You can find more information here: Upgrade your deployment to… Read more

Test Planning and Management Guide – Updated

The ‘Test Release Management Guidance’, since its first release in early 2012, has been a great resource that lays down guidance about important questions pertinent to Manual Test Planning, such as: What are best practices, based on project size or development methodology? How do I structure my test plans? How do I organize my test… Read more

Extracting effective permissions and Security Auditing for TFS

The Visual Studio ALM Rangers are pleased to announce our v1.1 release for Extracting effective permissions and Security Auditing for TFS. This release contains a whitepaper and samples all based on a prototype to help you get started with extracting effective permissions. Hear what some of the team members have to say about the research… Read more

Understanding migrations from on-premises TFS to Visual Studio Online

The Visual Studio ALM Rangers are pleased to announce the release of the second Understanding TFS migrations from on-premises to Visual Studio Online research findings whitepaper. This second part is a walkthrough of a migration, using a simulated on-premises environment, Brian Keller’s VM’s, to Visual Studio Online (VSO). The walkthrough is based on two assumptions:… Read more

New whitepapers for migration and security … with more to come

We are pleased to announce two new whitepapers have landed, sharing real-world experience and research feedback. Extracting effective permissions from TFS whitepaper and sample Practical guidance and sample code based on extensive research to address two of the commonly heard requests on Team Foundation Server security:   (1) Report on the effective permissions of a… Read more

Peruse the new PowerShell DSC v1 guidance and other recent releases

latest release We are pleased to announce that the first version of the PowerShell Desired State Configuration for DevOps and ALM Practitioners v1 guidance has shipped.   other recent releases TFS Upgrade Guidance v3.3 revision published, addressing typos and revisions to moving TFS Collections to TFS 2013 using TFS Config Attach guidance. TFS on Azure… Read more

Scaled Agile Framework: Using TFS to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs whitepaper

We are pleased to publish the following whitepaper: Scaled Agile Framework: Using TFS to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs. The Scaled Agile Framework, or SAFe, is gaining popularity among organizations looking to scale Agile practices to the enterprise level. SAFe is a comprehensive framework, covering practices from portfolio level planning to release planning… Read more

TFS Planning, DR avoidance and TFS on Azure IaaS v1.4 guidance landed … what’s next?

We are pleased to announce that the v1.4 flight of the TFS Planning and DR Avoidance Guide has firmly landed, after Bill Heys completed the copy editing and the product owner has given us the “thumbs up”. what’s included? The latest guidance includes practical guidance for three main scenarios: Planning a TFS deployment … what… Read more

Practical guidance for TFVC and TFS on Azure IaaS

The Visual Studio ALM Rangers are pleased to highlight new and updated practical guidance that landed recently. TFS Planning, DR avoidance and TFS on Azure IaaS v1.4.BETA has shipped! The new guidance now includes practical, scenario-based guidance for the implementation of Team Foundation Server (TFS) on Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). We guide you… Read more

Microsoft Engineering Stories – How We Build Software at Microsoft

Before I joined Microsoft, I worked with many companies over many years helping them with transforming & improving their application lifecycle management practices.  I was also very fortunate to have been awarded as a Microsoft MVP for many of those years and had the opportunity to interact closely with the ALM Tools product teams where… Read more