Empowering the community with our OSS projects

If you’re following our continuous transformation to Agile practices and DevOps, you’ll realize that we have come a long way with self-organizing and self-managing teams. See our stories for details. We’re ready to take the next step! We’re handing over our github.com/ALM-Rangers organisation and repositories to our community of ALM | DevOps Ranger contributors. What…


How do I report an extension issue effectively?

We’re all installing and evaluating extensions from the marketplace and often run into an issue that could be a missing feature, misinterpreted feature, or worse, a bug. How do you get support? It depends on the extension. You can typically click on Support (1) under Resources, or create a new Issue (2) if it’s an…


How Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) makes an enterprise agile

To run a business successful a company actually needs to master two things in particular: “Doing the right things” “Doing the things right” At least this is what management schools are using as one of the key principals for managing a business. Obviously VSTS enables teams to build solutions “right”. It provides first-class features for…


Our journey of a continuous transformation to a DevOps culture

In 2015, the ALM Rangers moved from a traditional organization to self-organizing teams and embraced a DevOps culture. We started an article, or is it a journal, that captures the process we used, the results we observed, and how the Rangers reacted to the transition. You can find the latest version here. It should come…


Help us refine our extensibility focus and energy from gap filling to enablement

To ensure that we deliver value, we’re continuously adapting our focus and strategy. We’re reviewing our extensibility strategy for the coming few months and need your feedback to be successful. Are delivering value to you? Are we missing important adoption blockers, feature gaps, or ideas?  Please take few minutes to read this post and share…


How to integrate Application Insights monitoring in your VSTS extension

Monitoring your team services extension is an important DevOps practice. In this article we’ll demonstrate how to integrate Application Insights telemetry in your extension by using our new Telemetry Client for Team Services extension. Prerequisite – You need an Azure subscription and an Application Insights resource. Step 1: Required modules Reference two npm modules dependencies…


How to create or upgrade your VSTS extension in 4 steps

My contribution to the Yeoman generator for the VSTS extension project helped me improve the way we create extensions. Starting from the way we structure the extension files, the JavaScript minification, how we generate and publish the extension package and down to monitoring the extension usage. The goal of this post is to walk you…


Where can I find the Visual Studio ALM Ranger bits? Bookmark one URL!

If you are reading this post you’re already in the right place! We’re often asked by users where they can find our latest artefacts, for example guidance, tools, testimonials, videos, articles, and research findings. Well, it’s evolving on CodePlex, GitHub, Channel9, Marketplace, and many other interesting places. Finding our bits Remember the aka.ms/vsar URL, where…


What we delivered in latest releases of the VSTS extension generator

We’re pleased to announce another update for the yeoman team-services-extension, delivering new features, code improvements and performance optimization on generated extensions. Here’s a summary of the latest release v1.0.33 Widget Dashboard Integration You can now generate a dashboard widget. The generated sample contains the widget code and a configuration panel, with some input fields Cleanup…


Set up a CI/CD pipeline to run automated tests efficiently

Are you planning to implement automated testing in your pipeline? You probably have a few questions, such as: How does automated testing fit into DevOps? What are some different types of pipeline configurations? What key principles should you keep in mind? This post aims to answer these questions and talk about the automation of tests….