Rangers Solutions on Codeplex … are we making a dent with the pro-active TFS, Visual Studio, Virtualization and ALM guidance?

Two Orange People Using Roller Brushes To Paint A Home Green, Symbolizing Upgrading A Home To Be More Energy Efficient Clipart Illustration Image We shipped a number of new Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and Visual Studio (VS) 2010 guidance solutions to Codeplex in January, with three more coming over the next couple of months. The question that we ask ourselves is the actual adoption of the guidance in a time where BETA-2 is slowly evaporating and the Release Candidate (RC) is introducing great excitement. The objective my the Rangers was to ship guidance before the technology is released, allowing the communities to be pro-active and prepared for the technology wave, whereby the current available guidance is included in the following solutions, all of which are on Codeplex:

  • TFS Integration Platform
  • Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance … quick reference guides and posters.
  • Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 Virtualization Guidance … includes the Rangers VM Factory.
  • Visual Studio 2010 TFS Upgrade Guide
  • Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server Requirements Management Guidance
  • Visual Studio 2010 Team System Branching Guidance … an update to the popular Branching Guidance 2008 (II) guidance.
  • Let’s look at the download trends for the past 4 weeks:



    After an exciting jump after the initial launch, we are seeing a flatting of the download rates. Why? Are we too early? … this brings me to the questions I have and for which I would appreciate feedback from the community:

    • Is the early guidance used?
    • Is it adding value?
    • Which guidance is important?
    • What, if anything, is missing?
    • If it is valuable, why are the downloads trends not showing it … we expect exponential, not sequential patterns 🙂

    For more detail on any of these solutions go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/teamsystem/ee358787.aspx.

    Acronyms used
    | ALM – Application Lifecycle Management | TFS – Team Foundation Server | VS – Visual Studio | VM – Virtual Machine |

    Comments (5)
    1. Willy,

      Most of our clients are just now begining to look at moving to TFS 2010.  Those that were waiting for the guidance downloaded it as soon as it was available.  I think you will see an increase after the actual launch of 2010.  Probably sometime around mid-year.

      I think this is just a matter of patience.  🙂

    2. Diago says:

      I believe the problem is related to exposure. The initial upswing was due to the blogs and twitters regarding the releases, however since their hasn’t been much apart from your own blogs. I believe this is something the Rangers need to address, and fits in with the current issue of awereness.

    3. Bryan Hinton says:


      I agree with Chad – it is just a patience thing.  I think you are seeing a downward trend because the early, early adopters have seen it or are seeing it.  Everyone else is waiting for the appropriate moment (which is a different time for everyone).  

      That said I think the early publication of guidance is a critical element.  TFS 2010 is a huge release and having the guidance early is a terrific resource for teams to leverage at whatever point they choose to go live with the new version.


    4. Martin Kulov says:

      I share the same opinion here. I think guidances are just amazing. However the majority of the companies still did not started any migration to TFS 2010 Beta 2 or RC. I would guess that they will wait up for the RTM. After TFS 2010 RTM we should see the expected download wave.

    5. I agree with Willie, which covers the downswing now. However we should see an upswing post RTM when more people get th bits into their hands.

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