Happy 10th Anniversary ALM Rangers!

Ten years ago the Ranger program was launched. We started with a focus on practical guidance for Team Foundation Server 2005, including the Branching Guidance. I joined the Rangers as a MVP working on the first edition of the TFS branching guidance visualizations, then a TFS best practice analyzer tool sabbatical, followed by years of…


Understanding the Visual Studio ALM Rangers

Mission The Visual Studio ALM Rangers provide professional guidance, practical experience and gap-filling solutions to the developer community. aka.ms/vsarmission Core values As a team the ALM Rangers have come to value the following: Razor sharp focus on quality and detail on the work we do Favor simplicity and low tech over complexity Expect and adapt…


Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Champion Awards 2016

We are pleased to announce the Champion Awards 2016 winners, the “best of the best”, selected by their peers and communities, for impact over the past 12 months. It has been a humbling experience to review each nomination and realize the magnitude of impact these engineers have made to Microsoft and our communities. The Visual…


Show area path dependencies extension

The Show Area Path Dependencies extension, created by Niel Zeeman with help from Steve St Jean, displays area path dependencies a team has with other teams. Agile teams don’t rely on traditional project management techniques to track dependencies. They are looking for a lightweight way to manage their dependencies on other teams. This extension does…

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Roll-up your backlog board and display an aggregated view on your dashboards

We are pleased to announce the Roll-up Board Widget, created by Mikael Krief, allows you to display aggregated views of your backlog boards on your dashboards. Getting started Install the Roll-up Board extension. Edit your dashboard. Select the **Roll-up Board Widget** (1) and click Add (2). Enter a Title (1), select a suitable Size (2),…

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Version Control Walkthrough (Branching Strategies) Part 3 – Feature Isolation … a special!

Continued from Version Control Walkthrough Part 2 – Development Isolation … welcome branching we explore feature isolation. Goal Explore the Feature Isolation strategy which introduces one or more feature branches from main, enabling concurrent development on clearly defined features, which can be merged and released as needed. Context As before you need isolation, but you…

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Running SonarQube behind an IIS Reversed Proxy

Securing your SonarQube server can be challenging. Previously there were many options to do so including: enable HTTPS on the embedded Tomcat server or reverse proxy. Starting with SonarQube 5.5, the support for running the embedded Tomcat Server over HTTPS has been dropped [Release Notes] and the only secured way is to set-up a reverse…

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Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Champion of Champions 2017 award

We are pleased to announce the nominees and winner of the Champion of  Champions Award 2017, selected by their peers for impact over the past 12 months. The champion of champions is the brightest star amongst all ALM Rangers, who we admire and respect. Reviewing the nominations is always an amazing experience. It’s humbling to…


More formats for “Managing agile open-source software projects with Microsoft Visual Studio Online” eBook

You can now get all the formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub), and companion files for our free eBook as mentioned by Gordon Beeming on RadioTFS from the Microsoft Virtual Academy. With this ebook, we share our best practices in managing solution requirements and shipping solutions in an agile environment, an environment where transparency, simplicity, and…


What do you like and dislike with the latest Version Control guidance?

We are investigating the next phase of the Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guidance, potential integration with MSDN, using other delivery channels and accepting contributions from the ALM community. current portfolio v3.2 – Version Control Guidance  Guidance: Branching strategies, TFVC Gems, Dependency Management with NuGet, and Git for TFVC Users. Quick Reference Posters: TFVC…

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