Rangers Flash – September 2012



The first build of the Team Foundation Server Word Add-in solution has shipped, targeting Office Word 2007 and 2010 32-bit and the TFS 2010 Object Model. Give it a try and give the team candid feedback.

Imminent Guidance Updates

The Visual Studio Test Tooling Guide, Test Release Management Guide and the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Branching and Merging Guide will be refreshed this month. The latter will introduce and prototype the new ALM Rangers documentation style and more condensed guidance.

In-flight projects

The projects Extend the Project Creation Process to automate branching guidance, Master ALM Readiness Treasure Map andclip_image001 TFS 2012 Storyboard with Kinectclip_image001[1] have completed their first sprint successfully as shown by their respective burn downs ¯ and sprint deliverables.

New projects

Projects Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes Guidance, End to end guidance for DevOps bug resolution using IntelliTrace, Add a how-to disaster recovery plan to the ALM Rangers Planning guide and On-Time VM Factory are starting this month.

Downloads Update (as 1 Oct 2012 23:59 PDT)

  • Average daily downloads since 2007: 190 (5+2)
  • Total downloads since Jan/1/2007 of tracked and Dev10/11 focused ALM Ranger projects: 398013
  • The ALM Assessment Guide project picking up dramatically in terms of average daily downloads: 64.8 (5+46.5)


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Visual Studio 2012 Launch - Microsoft IT India

The ALM Rangers delivered a number of sessions at the launch on October 3rd to 5th.

Windows 8 Intro to XAML Readiness

Dave Crook posted a number of Windows 8 Introduction to XAML readiness blog posts that you should not miss: part 1, part2, part 2 challenge solution, part 3 and part 4.

VS TFS 2012 Adopting Agile Software Practices

Neno Loje and Sam Guckenheimer have updated their book on Agile Software Practices. See Amazon, InformIT or Safari Books Online for details.

Interesting tools

TFS Agile Work Item Rollover, by Tyler is definitely worth a review. It addresses a feature we are often needing when rolling over sprints.


ASK #1 – Quotes anyone?

As always we would appreciate quotes from you or your communities in terms of the ALM Ranger solutions. Good news and positive quotes are invaluable!

ASK #2 – Tell us about your successes!

One thing we love is celebrating your successes. Unfortunately not being omniscient we simply don’t know about many of them. So if you have done or know of some outstanding contributions/actions please send them to Chuck and Willy to post in our internal newsletters that go to our upper management and the MVP leads.

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