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Links from “Agile Development with Visual Studio 2012”

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Last week I did a presentation on agile development practices with Visual Studio 2012 together with Informator. An interested crowd turned up and they brought lots of good questions. The features around agile planning and the new development tools seemed to have made the biggest impression, not suprising since they are really nice tools adding direct value to the users.

For those who want to take a deeper look at the new features I recommend downloading the official Visual Studio ALM 2012 evaulation virtual machine. All you need to try out the tools with great hands-on labs to go with ut in one package. Note: you will need a Hyper-V host to run the VM, I recommend using Windows 8 with it’s native support for Hyper-V.

These is also good getting started content on the Microsoft ALM site.

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December 18th, 2012 at 6:54 am

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Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012

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Microsoft Patterns and Practices just release a new "blue book”, this time covering many testing practices using Visual Studio ALM 2012 as the foundation. The book has a nice scenario-oriented approach with good practical examples to get you started.


The book is available for free and can be downloaded here:

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October 21st, 2012 at 3:12 am

Process Template for Scrum: Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0

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Today Microsoft released its first true Scrum process template for TFS. Even if the MSF for Agile template has been used by many Scrum teams it doesn’t always have the right terminology (i.e. Product Backlog Item would map to User Story, Sprint Backlog Item to Task and so on) and it feels a bit unnecessary having to do the translation between the generic terms and the Scrum ones. With the new template for Scrum these obstacles goes away.

The process template includes the following work item types for managing work with TFS:

  • Product backlog item
  • Bug
  • Task
  • Sprint
  • Impediment
  • Test case
  • Shared step

There are also a good set of reports included:

  • Release Burndown
  • Velocity
  • Sprint Burndown
  • Test Case Readiness
  • Test Plan Progress
  • Build Summary
  • Build Success Over Time

I’ve looked at the template and it feels like a really nice choice for those wanting to use Scrum and TFS. You get the Scrum terms out of the box and the right metrics to follow up on. It’s also nice to see the Sprint work item type that makes it easier to get the default values and not having to enter these all the time.

Download the new process template here.

Read about the process on MSDN here.

There’s also a introduction to Scrum here.

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July 19th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

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Scrum for Team System 3 – for TFS 2010 beta 2

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I just received a mail informing me that the latest release of SfTS is available. It’s great to hear that support for 2010 beta 2 is available, I know many early adoptors are looking for this. Take a look at the links below to learn more about what’s coming;

The latest version of the Scrum for Team System * process template has now been released. This version is designed to work with Team Foundation Server 2010 (Beta 2) and introduces enterprise features to Scrum.

You can download the server and client side tools (free of charge) from the following forum post:

· SfTS v3 Beta 2 released – Download now.

Please use the below forum for all your SfTS version 3 feedback and questions.

· SfTS v3 Beta 2 forum

Additional Links

· Simon Bennett discusses the new Template and enterprise level scrum in his blog:

· Crispin Parker discusses the new template tools in his blog:

· Simon Bennett and Stuart Preston present the new template at PDC:

* Version 3 (Beta 2)

Note: You have received this email because you choose to when registering to download the SfTS template or when you created a Task Board for Team System account. Please respond with the text “Unsubscribe me” to remove you consent to receive future notification emails.


Scrum for Team System

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December 2nd, 2009 at 2:13 pm

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Sommarkollo 2009 – Agile Development using Visual Studio Team System

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Last week QWise colleague Magnus Juvas and I presented at Microsoft “Sommarkollo” on the above subject.

We showed a bunch tools for agile practices, here are references to some of these so you can take a deeper look yourself:


And for further readings links to the referenced literature:


The presentation can be downloaded here (in Swedish).

For those of you interested in a deep-dive on the subject we’re offering a two-day workshop. And I’m also presenting on a similar topic at Informator later this fall (in Gothenburg and Stockholm).

Written by Mathias Olausson

August 30th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

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