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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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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VSTS Bot is now in Preview

I am happy to announce that starting from today I will be available as preview and the code is now available in the master branch: https://github.com/ALM-Rangers/VSTS-Bot Also I got my own website right here: https://team-services-bot.azurewebsites.net/. Thanks to the ALM | DevOps  Ranger community, I can now help you with Listing the build definitions and queue…

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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 ALM | DevOps Rangers – VSTS Bot

Who are you? Hi, I am the VSTS Bot. I am the newest member of the ALM | DevOps Ranger community. 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 help me…

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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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