TFS Upgrade – Short Lead Checklist

Any upgrade of TFS, regardless of how basic or complex, whether in-place or including hardware migration, needs to be planned.  That planning should start long before the migration happens and should include all parties of the TFS ecosystem, meaning all the user roles as well as infrastructure roles. Week or two prior to upgrade Step…

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TFS Upgrade – New Elements of TFS 2015 that influence an upgrade

Today we’ll begin a series of informational blog posts targeting the latest release of Team Foundation Server 2015.  In these posts we’ll cover many of the major changes in deploying Team Foundation Server that are new to Team Foundation Server in 2015.  Some new aspects may be expected and some may come as a surprise,…

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Flash July 2015 – Summer break with a sprinkle of readiness events and other spices

You can find the latest flight plan snapshot at aka.ms/vsarFlightPlan news Test Planning and Management Guide – Updated … our product owner was excited to announce a new version of this guide, that, in addition to focusing on the core aspects of test planning, also touches upon new product improvements to Manual Testing with Visual…

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Contributors of tooling and guidance solutions (aka.ms/vsarimpact)

A list of ALM Rangers who volunteered their personal time and contributed their passion and experience to provide these professional guidance, practical experience and gap-filling solutions to the ALM community. For more information on the solutions and contributors, peruse aka.ms/vsarsolutions and aka.ms/vsarindex respectively. A AAD OAuth2 provider for SonarQube Hosam Kamel, Jean-Marc Prieur ALM Assessment…

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Introducing the team – Igor Shcheglovitov

Who are you?? I am a software engineer in testing in Kaspersky Lab. The main specialization is the development of automated integration tests and load testing of Azure cloud services. Engaged in the creation and support of dev/test infrastructure based on Microsoft technologies. Responsible for supporting ALM processes and practices (TFS + MS build, devops,…

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Learn how to implement the DevOps model of expedited software development

If you are interested to “discover how the DevOps approach to software development can improve software quality, expedite release cycles and make your business more agile in responding to user needs” you should peruse the  Certificate in DevOps. You can opt for the part-time in-class option if you are in the Seattle area, or the…

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Test Planning and Management Guide – Updated

The ‘Test Release Management Guidance’, since its first release in early 2012, has been a great resource that lays down guidance about important questions pertinent to Manual Test Planning, such as: What are best practices, based on project size or development methodology? How do I structure my test plans? How do I organize my test…

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Version Control Guidance – Visuals to decorate your office wall or hide cracks in the wall resembling complex branches

Many of us prefer a visualization that delivers a crisp summary of hundreds to thousands of verbose text.  The Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide, now in service mode [1], introduced a number of re-usable visuals for presentations and quick reference posters. We plan to update these artefacts over time and if popular, add…

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Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Derrick Cawthon

Why do you want to join the ALM Rangers? I want to contribute to some of the helpful tools/processes I’ve used over the years. Plus I feel like the more involved I am on projects the more I will learn why certain decisions and directions were taken. Who are you? A book reading/computing loving/movie buff…

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Five more COOL features we noticed on Visual Studio Online today

We started highlighting cool features and their impact on our process and productivity in the post seven COOL features we noticed on Visual Studio Online today. The feature teams are doing a phenomenal job in terms of continuously updating Visual Studio Online and lighting up additional features on the planning boards, such as … Swimlanes…