Rangers Flash – October 2012



  • Test Release Management Guide - The service pack has been delayed to latter part of November to allow the team to  account for Update 1 features.
  • Word4TFS - The 64-bit Word4TFS installer was released internally on 10/26 and has passed UAT. Release to CodePlex imminent.

In-flight projects

  • Add Disaster Recovery planning & walkthroughs to the VS TFS Planning Guide
  • Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes eBook
  • Quick response sample solutions to create consistent TFS branch scenarios.
    See “show what we have” video for more information.
  • Master ALM (DPE, PAG, Rangers) Readiness Treasure Map and sample Win8 application
  • Practical Ruck Guidance upgrade and alignment with Find-It-Fix-It.
  • TFS 2012 Storyboard with Kinect for TechReady 16
  • TFS Integration Tools – Rational TFS Sandbox Upgrade

New projects … that are joining the “in-flight” projects

  • End-end guidance for DevOps bug resolution using IntelliTrace
  • On-Time VM Factory

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

  • Average daily downloads since 2007: 193 (5+2)
  • Total downloads since Jan/1/2007 of tracked and Dev10/11 focused ALM Ranger projects: 411694  (5+7654)
  • Branching Guide breaks the 100k barrier!


Branching Guide breaks the 100k barrier!image


MSDN Magazine | Flash

Cool Nuggets

  • We noticed the following new widgets/nuggets out there that definitely deserve an evaluation:
    --> TFS Integration Tools: Restore the missing links https://reflectwilinks.codeplex.com

“A”-Ranger Award

An interesting and “fun” TED session

It’s Halloween time! More photo here.

“A”-Team t-shirt


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.

ASK #3 – “Voice” your ideas

Add your ideas for ALM Ranger projects to UserVoice. See Submit your Visual Studio idea using UserVoice for details.

For more information refer to: Rangers Solutions | Rangers Blog | Understanding the Visual Studio ALM Rangers
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