Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012: Adopting Agile Software Practices: From Backlog to Continuous Feedback, 3rd Edition
- By Sam Guckenheimer, Neno Loje
- Published Sep 11, 2012 by Addison-Wesley Professional. Part of the Microsoft Windows Development Series series.
- Copyright 2013
- Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
- Pages: 320
- Edition: 3rd
- ISBN-10: 0-321-86487-5
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-86487-1
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Product Author Bios
Sam Guckenheimer, Product Owner for the Microsoft Visual Studio product line strategy, acts as chief customer advocate, responsible for end-to-end external design of new Visual Studio releases. He has 30 years’ experience as software architect, developer, tester, product manager, project manager, and executive. Before joining Microsoft, he was Director of Product Line Strategy at Rational Software Corporation, now the Rational Division of IBM. He holds five patents on software lifecycle tools, is a frequent conference speaker, and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard. Neno Loje has been an independent Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) consultant and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) specialist for seven years, helping many companies establish team environments and development processes with Visual Studio.
Use Visual Studio® Team Foundation Server 2012 and Agile Methods to Deliver Higher Value Software Faster
This is the definitive guide to applying agile development and modern software engineering practices with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012—Microsoft’s complementary Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform. Written by the Microsoft Visual Studio product owner and a long-time Team Foundation Server implementation specialist, it focuses on solving real development challenges, systematically eliminating waste, improving transparency, and delivering better software more quickly and painlessly.
• Accelerating the “flow of value” to customers, with a transparent backlog, PowerPoint Storyboarding, VS 2012 feedback requests, and a “usability lab” right into your customers’ hands
• Driving quality upstream to uncover hidden architectural patterns, ensure cleaner code, fix multiple recurring “cloned” bugs at once, ensure the definition of done with continuous integration and deployment in a reliable build process
• Eliminating “no repro” bugs with VS 2012’s six powerful mechanisms for more accurate fault identification and use of virtualized test environments
• Using Scrum or other Agile methods with Process Templates effectively across distributed teams in large organization by automating burndowns and dashboards to identify “early warning signals” of emerging problems with quality or maintainability
• Staying in the groove by storing the state of your work and environment with shelvesets, to let you handle interruptions smoothly
• Leveraging VS 2012’s new support for multiple Microsoft and open source unit testing frameworks in your IDE and continuous integration pipeline
• Performing exploratory testing to uncover bugs in surprising places and testing immersive Windows 8 apps
• Rapidly improving team development and collaboration with the hosted Team Foundation Service
Whatever your development role, this book will help you apply modern software development practices using Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 to focus on what really matters: building software that begins delivering exceptional value sooner and keeps delighting customers far into the future.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good info on Agile methodology in VS/TFS context, interesting reading about MS own experience.,
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This review is from: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012: Adopting Agile Software Practices: From Backlog to Continuous Feedback (3rd Edition) (Microsoft Windows Development Series) (Kindle Edition)Few words about myself: I’m a systems architect, specializing on MS solutions: .NET, C#, SQL Server. Recently I became interested in TFS 2012 as a platform for ALM, and I had to start pretty much from zero as I had no prior experience with TFS or any other ALM solution. I purchased this book as a starting point of TFS research, and I’m glad I did. It gave me a good starting point, an overview of Agile, Scrum, some interesting history of MS using the tool and the methodology. Perhaps I should mention something very obvious: the book specifically describes MS in-house experience in project management, and while it is very interesting, this is not what you or I may be doing for living. So what works for MS may or may not work for us. I think it should be expected from any book to give you an information, and then you should filter that information through your critical thinking, your life experience and your needs. I strongly disagreed with a few author’s opinions (like... Read more
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The Scrum with TFS 2012 book to have on your shelf,
This review is from: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012: Adopting Agile Software Practices: From Backlog to Continuous Feedback (3rd Edition) (Microsoft Windows Development Series) (Paperback)I own the first two versions of this book and was looking forward to the third version. There was a lot of change between the first and second editions, but this third edition does not have that much new material. The authors let you know in the preface that the major update to this version of the book is that it has been updated for Visual Studio 2012. My personal preference is to always have the latest edition.
I would say if you want to get familiar with doing Scrum with TFS this is the book you want. It really does not cover the other templates at all. I am not saying that is bad, but when I read the second edition of the book it is not what I expected or wanted. I already had read enough on Scrum to last me a lifetime. I wanted to see more on the other templates.
All that said, if you have not had the opportunity to get familiar with Scrum this is a great place to get started, especially if you use TFS.
The book starts out with an introduction to... Read more
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This review is from: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012: Adopting Agile Software Practices: From Backlog to Continuous Feedback (3rd Edition) (Microsoft Windows Development Series) (Kindle Edition)As someone who normally uses TFS, rather than drives how it is used - I found this book to be extremely useful. In particular, since I started using the Team Foundation Service, I have become more interested in what features I can choose to use, enable and why. I learned many tips while also getting a good understanding of fundementals.
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Online Sample Chapter
Table of Contents
About the Authors xxiv
1 The Agile Consensus 1
The Origins of Agile 2
Agile Emerged to Handle Complexity 2
Empirical Process Models 4
A New Consensus 5
An Example 12
Self-Managing Teams 14
2 Scrum, Agile Practices, and Visual Studio 19
Visual Studio and Process Enactment 20
Process Templates 21
Process Cycles and TFS 24
Inspect and Adapt 37
Task Boards 37
Fit the Process to the Project 39
3 Product Ownership 45
What Is Product Ownership? 46
Scrum Product Ownership 50
Release Planning 51
Qualities of Service 69
How Many Levels of Requirements 73
4 Running the Sprint 77
Empirical over Defined Process Control 78
Scrum Mastery 80
Use Descriptive Rather Than Prescriptive Metrics 86
Answering Everyday Questions with Dashboards 91
Choosing and Customizing Dashboards 98
Using Microsoft Outlook to Manage the Sprint 100
5 Architecture 103
Architecture in the Agile Consensus 104
Exploring Existing Architectures 107
6 Development 129
Development in the Agile Consensus 130
The Sprint Cycle 131
Keeping the Codebase Clean 132
Staying “in the Groove” 139
Detecting Programming Errors Early 143
Catching Side Effects 154
Preventing Version Skew 162
Making Work Transparent 170
7 Build and Lab 175
Cycle Time 176
Defining Done 177
Continuous Integration 179
Automating the Build 181
Automating Deployment to Test Lab 186
Elimination of Waste 199
8 Test 207
Testing in the Agile Consensus 208
Testing Product Backlog Items 211
Actionable Test Results and Bug Reports 215
Handling Bugs 223
Which Tests Should Be Automated? 223
Automating Scenario Tests 224
Load Tests, as Part of the Sprint 228
Production-Realistic Test Environments 234
Risk-Based Testing 236
9 Lessons Learned at Microsoft Developer Division 241
Business Background 243
Improvements after 2005 247
Acting on the Agile Consensus 256
Lessons Learned 258
The Path to Visual Studio 2012 262
10 Continuous Feedback 265
Agile Consensus in Action 266
Continuous Feedback Allows Build/Measure/Learn 267
There’s No Place Like Production 269
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