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…


Meet your hidden enemy- FOBO

Containers, Scala, CI/CD, Nomad, Immutable servers, Microservices, Kafka, Prometheus, ELK, Serverless, chat-ops, MongoDB, Kotlin, GraphDB, noSQL, React, Redis, Consul, infrastructure as code, Heroku, Terraform, Packer, Service Fabric, kubernetes, Spark, neo4j Ok STOP!!! Disclaimers: The essence of the article is not technical They’re my personal thoughts and isn’t based on a scientific theory We all feel…

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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…


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…


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 (Branching Strategies) 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…

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Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Visual Studio Team Services Bot

Who are you? Hi, I am the Visual Studio Team Services Bot. I am the newest member of the Visual Studio ALM Rangers. I like chatting with people, bots or APIs. I just started talking to Visual Studio Team Services. I am very keen to learn all that there is about VSTS, Maybe you can…

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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…


Why are we open sourcing our extensions?

We plan to open source many of our solutions, listed on library of tooling and guidance solutions, to share them as sample code, foster community collaboration and innovation. Our mission is to “provide professional guidance, practical experience and gap-filling solutions”. When we ship a solution, we need to switch context to other gaps, limiting our…

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