In ALM Rangers Ruck – Proposed innovations to the v1.2 guidance we discuss proposed innovations in our project process guidance. In this post we will explore how we currently see the project types, their duration and invite you to give us candid feedback on improving our value-add to the ALM Community.
As part of continuous innovations and learning, we are pondering over the following objectives:
- Do less, better and quicker! We can always improve and do better next time.
- Share solutions sooner, even if in ALPHA or BETA state to get early candid feedback.
- Empower the ALM community to influence and take-over service mode ranger solutions.
project types and proposed innovations
As shown we triage project ideas, which happens quarterly, resulting in ideas categorised into GOand NO-GO categories. GO solution ideas which do not meet the pre-requisites, for example a dedicated product owner, project lead and sufficient volunteer bandwidth, are placed back into the NO-GO category.
community solution context
The NO-GO solution ideas can then be triaged by the ALM community , rejected or launched as a community solution. A community solution which are delivered by the ALM community with collaboration and support from the ALM Rangers are referred to as ALM Rangers Community Solutions. They are not included in ALM Rangers portfolio management and are not required to meet ALM Rangers quality standards, allowing the community to also be creative, agile, and responsive to community needs. As shown above the quality bar ranges from none for unsupported, to minimal (quick reference solution) for supported solutions.
alm ranger solution context
The GO solution ideas are scheduled for a kick-off, entering the process as outlined in ALM Rangers Ruck – Proposed innovations to the v1.2 guidance. The solutions are of type guidance, tooling, research, and quick response, time boxed to 3-5, 3-5, 2-5 and 2-3 months respectively. The minimum quality ranges from minimal (quick reference solution) for both research and quick response, to high (ship binaries) for tooling solutions. The quick response solutions are shipped as one-off sample reference applications, which can be adopted by the ALM community and turned into an ALM Rangers Community Solution to maintain and enhance.
To cut a long story and context short … this is where we need your thoughts and ideas around improving our solutions, as listed on aka.ms/vsarsolutions.
here are some “rough” innovation thoughts …
- Instead of waiting until we have hardened the solution in the HIP sprint, strive to drop “silent” ALPHA and BETA previews at the end of each DEV sprint.
- Move all future guidance projects to the eBook format as introduced by the Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes Guide project and continued with the TFS Upgrade Guide v3, the Visual Studio Lab Management Guide v3 and the forthcoming Version Control (ex Branching and Merging) Guide v3 projects.
- Investigate the option of publishing guidance in an online (MSDN-like) style. Should this be in place or in addition to the classic PDF style guidance?
- Move NO-GO or postponed GO projects ideas off the ALM Rangers idea queue and on to the community triage queue quicker.
we need your thoughts and consensus
We need your thoughts and candid feedback, so that we can make decisions by consensus and start the dog-fooding of innovations with our next project adventures.
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