The Visual Studio ALM Rangers provide professional guidance, practical experience and gap-filling solutions to the developer community.
As a team the ALM Rangers have come to value the following:
Razor sharp focus on quality and detail on the work we do
Accountability and commitment
Non-stop and unrestricted collaboration
Global transparency and visibility through collaboration and shared infrastructure
Empathy, trust, humility, honesty and openness at all times
Regular dogfooding of Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management tools
Who are we?
We are a group of around 100 part-time volunteer engineers and 2 full-time Ranger PMs, scattered across the globe.
What do we do?
We are focused primarily on the delivery of out-of-band tooling and practical guidance to remove adoption blockers in real world environments. Typically an ALM Ranger solution is a hybrid of practical guidance and supporting out-of-band tooling and sample code.
Why do we do it?
We do what we do, to help accelerate the adoption of Visual Studio ALM. We gather actionable product feedback from real-world situations and customers and relay this to the Product Group, as well as identifying gaps in the product and filling them!
Typically, the ALM Rangers spend their personal hours to do the Rangers project work, and, not just anyone is invited to participate — Rangers need to be knowledgeable about Visual Studio and ALM, have the desire to strengthen the community, and contribute regularly.
The Rangers program began in March 2006 as a joint venture between the Visual Studio Team System team and the Worldwide Communities program, part of the Office of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in the Microsoft Services organization. A couple of years ago, we renamed our program to the Visual Studio ALM Rangers.
Frequently asked questions
How do I contact you?
- Preferably, contact your favourite and regional ALM Ranger from aka.ms/vsarIndex.
- Alternatively contact us here (@almrangers).
How do I join the ALM Rangers?
- Please contact your regional ALM Ranger and request him/her to submit your nomination on your behalf.
- Submit the following information as part of your request:
- Why do you want to join the ALM Rangers?
- Short and crisp bio, answering the common 5 index questions. See aka.ms/vsarIndex for examples.
- Who are you?
- What makes you “tick”?
- Where you live?
- Optional, if applicable
- Why are you active in or with the Rangers program?
- What is the best Rangers project you worked with and why?
- 1-3min video of you with a quick intro, for example, covering answers above.
- One or more non-IT (business) photo which includes you.
- Contact details, including MSA (LiveID) account, contact email, postal address, and telephone number.
- To remain an active ALM Ranger you need to be actively involved in the ALM Ranger community.
- Renewals and special awards, such as distinguished or champion Rangers, are based on feedback from your peers.