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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Where are we in Donovan’s [from 0 to DevOps] world?

If you have not watched from 0 to DevOps, by Donovan Brown, or read Applying DevOps to a Software Development Project, you should pause this post, peruse the material, and return. Find the supporting presentation here. OK, now that you’ve met , we continue with our how has the Ranger community evolved series. Although we…

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The secret sauce to managing our backlog and TODO lists

We continue with our how has the Ranger community evolved … series, by chatting about our experiences of managing backlogs and to-do lists. If you’re looking for in-depth technical information on the tools we use, you can explore Visual Studio Team Services Agile Tools. Where we came from and where we’re heading We started using…

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Are you looking for our articles, guidance, samples, tools, or videos?

For over 10 years we have been providing professional guidance, practical experience and gap-filling solutions to the developer community. Here’s a few handy links to bookmark to find our and other community solutions:  Guidance and tooling solutions (aka.ms/vsarsolutions) … take note of the crisp demo videos.  Publications and videos (aka.ms/vsarpublications)  Visual Studio and Team Foundation…

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Why we love being early warning Canaries

We continue with our how has the Ranger community evolved … series chat. Like many other teams within our organization and early adopters from the communities, we are “eating our own dog food”, all teams using bleeding edge products 24×7 for all our projects. It enables us to evaluate new features and services, provide early…

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