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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Understanding Lead and Cycle Time with our part-time community

Lead Time and Cycle Time are important concepts for teams who want to manage and plan their activities, minimise delays, and measure their efficiency. Let’s walk through a hypothetical example. You walk into a restaurant and sit down. A waiter gives you a menu and walks away. Waiter returns, takes and confirms your order. Kitchen…

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Switch from push to pull communication

Like any good agile project, the Rangers walk the walk and continuously look for ways to improve our own processes.  In this post, we’ll examine communication, which lies at the heart of any good team.  Historically, the Rangers have relied on email, which is a form of push communication, and which, as the name implies,…

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Transformation from a secret society to a community

You may remember a session at the MVP Summit 2007. The founder of the ALM Rangers, Bijan Javidi, entered the room, introduced the program, mentioned a few interesting solutions, left the building, and vanished. Based on these pictures, Brian and Etienne were present    In those days, the program felt like a secret society. That’s until…

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How has the Ranger community evolved over the past 10 years and what’s the future plan?

Our Ranger program has evolved significantly over the past 10 years. We’ve been innovating, monitoring, and repeating continuously, whilst remaining true to our mission. In this series we will share an insight into our community, innovations, hypothesis, and future plans. Topics published as part of this series so far: // Last update: 2017.01.@@. Changes highlighted…

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Ranger?

The ALM Rangers recently celebrated their 10th birthday, and we are adding even more goodness with new DevOps and Cross-Platform support!  To make all that happen, we need more Rangers.  But what are the Rangers?  And why should you care? The Rangers are a small group of professionals from all over the world who are…

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