Rangers Flash – April 2003



Latest Releases

The following project(s) have shipped during April:

Latest Updates

In addition to the new project(s) we have updated a number of the existing content on CodePlex to include latest in-the-field findings and align with the latest product updates.

New Projects

The following public “show-what-we-have” videos have been published for Sprint 10/April:

The following image shows a snapshot of the latest projects taken during the monthly retrospective:                  

Download update as of 1 April 2013

Average daily downloads since 2007 215 ( 5+4 )
Average daily downloads during recent period: 496 ( 6 -177)
Total downloads since Jan1/2007 of tracked ALM Ranger projects 497,123( 5+14,867 since last flash )

TreasureMap https://aka.ms/vsartmapapp

Downloads to date 573
Average rating 4.9/5

New publications


New Associate Rangers

Please welcome the following new Associate ALM Rangers in our family: Doug Owens, Janice Choi, Josh Sommer, Kirushna Kumaar and Svetlana Kostinsky.

Tarun Arora comes out “tops” @ TechEd India

Tarun presented at TechEd India and his session “Modelling Agile using TFS 2012” topped the ALM track in TechEd 2013 India and was rated highest under the category “Quality of Session Presenter”. He enjoyed connecting with over 2000 people in just a week across Delhi (TechDays), Pune and Bangalore (TechEd) and representing the ALM Rangers. Well done Tarun!

Robert MacLean unrolls the treasure map @ TechEd Africa

Robert delivered a number of exceptional sessions at TechEd Africa, with a focus on the ALM Readiness Treasure Map Windows Store App (aka.ms/vsartmapapp). He also took the opportunity to deliver a student day talk to a few hundred varsity students brought to TechEd, again using the Rangers app, as well as the branching and merging guide, and sharing his experience what it was like to work with Microsoft.

The following talks were redelivered and recorded as RangerTalks:

  • Windows Store Apps, Tips & Tricks from the field
  • What’s new in .NET 4.5 & VS 2012
  • What’s new in LightSwitch

Jim Szubryt’s absence explained … community^passion

Jim delivered a number of phenomenal community events this month, which explains his “stealth” mode and why the TFS Reporting Guide project is only now starting to gain momentum on the reporting rails Smile

Remember the August SDC? If not, here is his video: www.tinyurl.com/tfs2012js.

TFS Administration Exam a la Portuguese

André Dias finished the MVA about TFS Administration Exam (70-496), producing 22 videos, 30 questions and a lot of references linking the exam subjects to MSDN Articles in Portuguese.

He also coordinated the Azure Summit Brazil and MVP Virtual Summit (ALM Track) conferences; and gave a lot of talks for smaller events, universities and user groups. Wow!

Retrospective Quiz

We asked the ALM Rangers to identify the projects associated with the following collection of burn down patterns during Sprint 10 (April) … and we have a winner!

clip_image001[1]Congratulations to our WINNER: Esteban Garcia


Tell us about your success stories!

Are you aware of a success story in which the Visual Studio ALM Rangers and/or their solutions have accelerated the adoption of Visual Studio, unblocked an engagement and/or resulted in a Smile  (happy) user?



When Larry Brader is late for an early morning p&p/Rangers meeting he is usually chasing horses or enjoying new arrivals SmileWelcome to the gorgeous filly!
A beautiful photo from Jeff Beehler as proof that Spring has arrived for some.. Tulips at

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