Rangers Flash – May 2013



Latest Updates

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.

Active Projects

A number of projects have entered their last sprint and you should keep an eye on your inbox for BETA announcements and a call for reviewers.

ALM Rangers latest flight information board:image

Latest show-what-we have video(s):

Download update as of 1 May 2013

Average daily downloads since 2007 219 ( 5+4 )
Average daily downloads during recent period: 489 ( 6 -7)
Total downloads since Jan1/2007 of tracked ALM Ranger projects 512,268 ( 5+115,145 since last flash )

TreasureMap https://aka.ms/vsartmapapp

Downloads to date 622
Average rating 4.9/5

We have a new honorary ALM Ranger

Thanks to instrumental contributions to the Rangers program, Bill Heys has joined our group of Honorary Ranger. Here are a few images from Bill’s adventures as part of the ALM Rangers to date:
Bill Heys 4P7290334

ALM Rangers rely 101% on tfs.visualstudio.com

Did you know that the ALM Rangers were the first users of https://tfs.visualstudio.com … known as https://tfs.tfspreview.com in those days? Not only were we the first, but we just completed a migration of all our “stuff” from file shares and SharePoint portals to our home in https://tfs.visualstudio.com. We are not only dogfooding the environment 24x7, but are now 100% reliant on its stability and availability.  In other words, we are committed!

New Associate Rangers

Please welcome the following new Associate ALM Rangers in our family: Andrea Scripa, Bipin Puthiyaveetil and Sumeet Deshpande.

ALM Rangers Solutions … which are the hot favourites?

Ever wondered which ALM Ranger solution is the most popular? We asked the ALM Rangers for their all-time favourite solution in the latest satisfaction survey and have looked at the last 30 days of downloads.

Top 3 solutions, based on downloads over the past 30 days:

  1. Test Tooling Guidance
  2. Branching and Merging Guidance
  3. Team Foundation Server Integration Tools

Top 3 solutions, based on the SAT survey:

  1. Visual Studio TFS Branching and Merging Guide
  2. TFS Planning Guide
  3. ALM Readiness Treasure Map

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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?


Bijan Javidi failed to update his t-shirt size before he achieved his 500,000 downloads dream … not even a strict diet will help.

Stunning photos made in Switzerland by Tarun Arora.

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