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…


Flash June 2015 – The first extension has landed

  You can find the latest flight plan snapshot at aka.ms/vsarFlightPlan news Folder Management – Visual Studio Online Extension, by Wouter De Kort is the first of many extensions to be released. what’s boiling over … watch the space! The PowerShell DSC resources, scenarios and guidance, and the Test Planning and Management guidance teams are…


Folder Management – Visual Studio Online Extension, by Wouter De Kort

As one of the ALM Rangers, Wouter had the opportunity to join the early access program for the new extension model for Visual Studio Online. After the storyboard and with his extension idea approved by the product group, he started building the new extension – Folder Management. The idea is simple: create new folders directly…


Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Etienne Tremblay

Who are you? My name is Etienne Tremblay but everybody knows me as “ET” What makes you “tick”? Application Lifecycle Management, I’ve been involved in this field for most of my career even when I was doing Unix way back when… I’ve also been using TFS since the Alpha release in 2004.  I love to…

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Integrating SonarQube and Reporting Services, by Vinicius Moura

This walkthrough, authored and translated from its Portuguese counterpart by Vinicius Moura, aims to provide insightful and practical guidance about integrating the SonarQube platform and Reporting Services installed on existing Team Foundation Server 2013. It presents the configuration and development done to merge Code Quality metrics provided by Sonar and Work Item metrics provided by…

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Flash May 2015 – Wave of innovation and happy anniversary!

  You can find the latest flight plan snapshot at aka.ms/vsarFlightPlan news SonarQube Installation Guide, which explains how to set up a production ready SonarQube installation to be used in conjunction with Team Foundation Server 2013 to analyse .Net apps was updated a few times, with more revisions and more guides to come. Version 1.0.5…


The end of Version Control Guidance? A pinch of nostalgia and future plans.

A bit of nostalgia The Version Control Guidance adventure was the first project I engaged with the ALM Rangers, then known as the VSTS Rangers, working on the TFS Branching Guide. It has grown into a blockbuster that not only shared insightful and practical guidance around branching, merging and other source control concepts, but inspired…