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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Authoring our guidance in the open … valuable? … will you engage with authors?

In June 2015 we entered the world of open source solutions, when we published the Folder-Management-Extension. Core objectives for the move were to be transparent, share samples, and encourage the community to contribute. Two years later, we created the Guidance staging repository, giving you an early glimpse into upcoming guidance and more importantly, an opportunity…

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Effective feature isolation with TFVC – what do you think of the work-in-progress sandbox?

We’re looking for ways to be more transparent with the development of our guidance, give the developer community an opportunity to give early feedback, and deliver value quicker. The guidance sandbox is where we’re planning to collaborate on new DevOps and Branching guidance, before committing to aka.ms/techarticles. Example For example, we just created this pull…

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Manage your open source usage and security in your pipeline

The open source approach has a tremendous value for us as a technological community. The collaborative development model helps the industry evolve rapidly, increase innovation and save time and money. We all use open source components in our applications, front or back end, JavaScript, .NET or Python, whether it is a JSON serialization library or…

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We’d like to hear what you think of our Ranger program

We’d like to hear what you think of our Ranger program and would appreciate if you could take a short 1-2 min survey that will help us improve the program! If you’re not an ALM Ranger or WWC member, please take the survey here, or click on how satisfied are you with us on our…

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Rub on a little DevOps in Portugal – Event Summary

Resumo dos eventos  No passado dia 30 de Novembro realizou-se nas instalações da Microsoft em  Lisboa, Portugal o “DevOps Community Event”, um evento participado pelas várias comunidades tecnológicas portuguesas. Nos dias  seguintes ( 1 a 3 de Dezembro de 2016), participámos no “Regional Scrum Gathering” que ocorreu na cidade do Porto, Portugal. Os objetivos em…

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Sharing our experience of self-organizing teams

The Rangers program was started in 2006 using a rigid process, based on the Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF). Our journey of continuous experimentation was triggered in 2007 while exploring the Agile Manifesto. We were asked to unblock a large team of 30+ engineers, divided into a development and a quality assurance team. They were not…

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