Some time ago I suggested an idea “TFS/VSTS - 101 Pocket Guide ... Value-Add or Waste”, based on discussions and experiences in the field in the South-African region. The next Ranger projects idea submission and subsequent vote is imminent and I am contemplating to include the idea as:
- Problem Domain:
- The adoption of Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) has been slow with many of the development teams/companies who would/should benefit immensely from the technologies.
- Many adoptions are of short duration or end with problematic implementations adding little value to the solution stakeholders.
- It has become apparent that:
- Most teams are either unaware of the TFS/VSTS capabilities.
- Most teams are ill-equipped to investigate, implement and adopt the technologies in parallel to their already tight development milestones.
- Most teams do not have the time or luxury to investigate technologies before they are shipped, often using products such as Visual Studio 2008 as a hammer, working no different to a Visual Studio 2003 or Visual Studio 2005 based environment.
- Create a series of 5-minute 101 reference, consisting of (one of for each VSTS|TFS section):
- A "What is" 1/2 pager
- A "What are the new and important features" 1/2 page
- A "Quick Reference Poster" showing recommended implementation and adoption
- A "How to" description of the recommendations shown in the poster
- Convert the series to a softcopy handbook, if and only if, additional value can be generated by the additional effort. Definitely do'able before 2010 ships … if we start now.
- Suggested Codename:
- “eluleka” –> Zulu word for “advise, put right”
I would appreciate your feedback on the idea before the end of this week, so that I can finally submit a comprehensive proposal and one that would ensure a product that is valuable to you in the field. The poll is still open at http://zohopolls.com/wschaub/tfs-vsts-101-pocket-guide-value-add-or-waste as well, so please cast your vote … it is a few seconds, select a radio button type vote.
Thanks to everyone who has already given me extensive feedback and support for this idea! The communities and the VSTS MVPs “rock”!