The Visual Studio ALM Rangers provide professional guidance, practical experience and gap-filling solutions to the ALM community.
As a team the ALM Rangers have come to value the following:
Razor sharp focus on quality and detail on the work we do
- Favor simplicity and low tech over complexity
- Expect and adapt to change, delivering incremental value
Accountability and commitment
- Actively manage the project triangle attributes: features, bandwidth and cost
- Never go dark … always share the good, the bad and the ugly with the team
Non-stop and unrestricted collaboration
- Empower the ALM community
- Embrace open communications
Global transparency and visibility through collaboration and shared infrastructure
- For all initiatives, track and publish status on a timely basis
- Access to everything for everyone
Empathy, trust, humility, honesty and openness at all times
- No one knows everything; as a team we know more
- Learn from and share all experiences
Regular dogfooding of Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management tools
- Improve productivity of ALM Ranger teams
- Gather and share real-life experiences
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Who are we?
We are a group of around 150 part-time volunteer engineers with 2 full-time Ranger PMs (Anisha Pindoria & Willy-Peter Schaub), and we are scattered across the globe.
What do we do?
We are focused primarily on the delivery of out-of-band tooling and practical guidance to remove adoption blockers in real world environments. Typically an ALM Ranger solution is a hybrid of practical guidance and supporting out-of-band tooling and sample code.
Why do we do it?
We do what we do, to help accelerate the adoption of Visual Studio ALM. We gather actionable product feedback from real-world situations and customers and relay this to the Product Group, as well as identifying gaps in the product and filling them!
Typically, the ALM Rangers spend their personal hours to do the Rangers project work, and, not just anyone is invited to participate — Rangers need to be knowledgeable about Visual Studio and ALM, have the desire to strengthen the community, and contribute regularly.
The Rangers program began in March 2006 as a joint venture between the Visual Studio Team System team and the Worldwide Communities program, part of the Office of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in the Microsoft Services organization. A couple of years ago, we renamed our program to the Visual Studio ALM Rangers.