Now that Visual Studio 11 Beta is available for download, which triggered a SIMultaneous-SHIPping event for the Visual Studio ALM Rangers. Visual Studio ALM Rangers deliver out of band solutions for missing features or guidance.
"Since their beginning over five years ago, the ALM Rangers have excelled at building bridges between Visual Studio and our customers. They started by working exclusively with Microsoft Consulting Services, but quickly expanded to include third-party contributors--including members of the Visual Studio Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) program. By using project contributors who are close to the "ground," the ALM Rangers ensure that their products are shaped by the realities of problems that our customers face every day, and they address those problems in a way that members of the product team are unable to do. Bridging that gap has resulted in some very popular and useful assets including Branching Guidance, Project Server Connector and the Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server Monitoring Management Pack, just to name a few."
The Visual Studio 11 ALM Rangers Readiness Beta "Gig" solutions are now available for download from CodePlex.
- Practical Kanban Guide
Using Kanban in Team Foundation Server.
- Practical Ruck Guide
The Visual Studio ALM Rangers Ruck process.
- Team Foundation Build Customization Guide
Includes hands-on lab guidance for the customization and deployment of Team Foundation Build.
- Team Foundation Server Planning Guide
Implementation planning of Team Foundation Server.
- Team Foundation Server Upgrade Guide
Upgrade scenarios and post-upgrade issues for Team Foundation Server and associated technologies.
- Test Release Management Guide
Guidance and tooling to support scenarios for test case and test plan release management, including reporting and base-lining: sprint to sprint, release to release, and moving a feature through the branching guidelines scenarios.
- Visual Studio ALM Rangers Personas and Scenarios
Common definition of personas and scenarios used in Visual Studio ALM Rangers guidance.
- Visual Studio Architecture Tooling Guide
Focuses on modeling tools and includes understanding and reverse engineering an existing application or starting a new application from scratch.
- Visual Studio Lab Management Guide
Visual Studio Lab Management, backed by VM Factory automation.
- VM Factory Guide
Guidance and a reference implementation of a software solution that automates the creation of Microsoft environments, in particular Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.
The following solutions will be available for Beta download in the near future:
- Branching and Merging Guide
Branching and merging strategies on Team Foundation Server.
- Microsoft Test Manager Guide
Test Manager and extensions that support instrumentation, using IntelliTrace and Coded UI test development.
- Requirements Engineering Guide
Requirements Engineering (RE), which addresses people, processes and technology for Team Foundation Server.
- Team Foundation Build Customization Guide - BRDLite Reference Templates
Includes reference build process templates, based on the Team Foundation Build Customization Guide.
- Team Foundation Server Process Template Customization Guide
Work Item Tracking (WIT) and Process Template customizations.
- Team Foundation Service Practical Guide
Using the Team Foundation Service built on Windows Azure, and its use by the Visual Studio ALM Rangers.
- Visual Studio Coded UI Microsoft Word Plug-in
Guidance and tooling for the Visual Studio Coded UI Microsoft Word Plug-in, which extends the Coded UI feature support to Microsoft Word documents.
- Visual Studio Coded UI Test Automation Guide
Coded UI testing, using maintainable and automated tests.
- Visual Studio Quick Reference Guide
An overview of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server in the form of compact, quick reference sheets. Users who are unfamiliar with Visual Studio get a "quick" overview of features, value and associated Rangers guidance.
Microsoft announced that the Visual Studio 11 ALM Virtual Machine has also been updated, along with all of the hands-on-labs and demo scripts.
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The Team Foundation Server Planning Guide delivers practical and scenario based guidance for the implementation of Team Foundation Server.
Microsoft on Channel9 published a series of five videos entitled "Visual Studio ALM Rangers Planning Guide", presenting a quick overview of the guidance, the artefacts and the team.
Here are the videos: