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Visual Studio ALM Rangers have spoken on the FY12 project candidates and the new process

Visual Studio ALM Rangers have spoken on the FY12 project candidates and the new process

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As mentioned in Listening to the external Rangers … New project nomination process is first of many new innovations we have introduced a new project nomination and prioritization process. Overall the new process worked very well and was well received … but more importantly what was decided? I am “loaning” content from Bijan and Jeff’s announcement email, which is shown in italic  Smile
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As usual, we had good participation with a total of 81 votes which makes the results very representative. Big thanks to all Rangers who voted and to everyone who contributed to the project candidates!
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Here are the combined community results which means all Ranger votes combined: 

Rank Project Nomination Idea
1

Strategies for Maintainable Coded UI Test Automation

2

Hitchhiker's Guide to Developing Reports for TFS

3

Merging Practical Guidance

4

Test Management guidance for MTM

5

Dashboard/Reporting Customization

6

Test Case Branching Guidance/Tool

7

WIT/Template Customization Guidance

8

Enterprise Test Strategy

9

TFS Projects Best Practices

10

TFS in the cloud practical guidance

11

Windows Azure Load and Performance Testing Framework

12

Windows Azure ALM Tools and Guidance

13

TFS Automation through Powershell

14

How to use TFS for Kanban Guidance

15

Build Customization Guidance for non-Microsoft environments

16

Dependencies management

17

Code review guidance and template customization

18

TFS 2010 Process Template Customization Guide

19

Capacity Analysis and Planning Tool

20

ALM Assessment Guidance

21

Word 4 TFS Phase 2

The side by side results shows the usual agreements and disagreements. It is actually more agreement if you look at the top 10. Six are common choices which we have highlighted below. (NOTE: the projects with the most votes are listed at the top. The number in front of the items below is not the ranking, but the original nomination reference number)

Microsoft Rangers

MVP Rangers

18 - Hitchhiker's Guide to Developing Reports for TFS

04 - Strategies for Maintainable Coded UI Test Automation

01 - Windows Azure Load and Performance Testing Framework

19 - Test Management guidance for MTM

04 - Strategies for Maintainable Coded UI Test Automation

17 - Merging Practical Guidance

15 - TFS in the cloud practical guidance

45 - TFS Projects Best Practices

20 - Windows Azure ALM Tools and Guidance

12 - Dashboard/Reporting Customization

17 - Merging Practical Guidance

22 - Test Case Branching Guidance/Tool

12 - Dashboard/Reporting Customization

32 - Dependencies management

22 - Test Case Branching Guidance/Tool

11 - WIT/Template Customization Guidance

49 - Enterprise Test Strategy

16 - How to use TFS for Kanban Guidance

19 - Test Management guidance for MTM

18 - Hitchhiker's Guide to Developing Reports for TFS

11 - WIT/Template Customization Guidance

49 - Enterprise Test Strategy

34 - TFS Automation through Powershell

23 - TFS 2010 Process Template Customization Guide

45 - TFS Projects Best Practices

07 - Build Customization Guidance for non-Microsoft environments

36 - Code review guidance and template customization

15 - TFS in the cloud practical guidance

05 - Capacity Analysis and Planning Tool

36 - Code review guidance and template customization

07 - Build Customization Guidance for non-Microsoft environments

34 - TFS Automation through Powershell

25 - Word 4 TFS Phase 2

51 - ALM Assessment Guidance

23 - TFS 2010 Process Template Customization Guide

05 - Capacity Analysis and Planning Tool

51 - ALM Assessment Guidance

20 - Windows Azure ALM Tools and Guidance

16 - How to use TFS for Kanban Guidance

01 - Windows Azure Load and Performance Testing Framework

32 - Dependencies management

25 - Word 4 TFS Phase 2

That brings us to the frequently asked question of which projects are we going to start soon. While the prioritized list of project ideas is a great starting point, it is not always possible to hold that ideal order. If for example all stars are perfectly aligned for project number 5, we don’t hesitate grabbing that opportunity for our 1st project.

There is also a 2nd source of influence, which is the strategic guidance from the product group. If we get a convincing request from the product group to go after a project which is not on top of this list, that provides another great opportunity to leverage.

And finally, there is another potential factor which can play a big role and modify our priorities. At this point, we only know that the vNext readiness is going to be a big priority for us. Stay tuned for that discussion.

  • Can any real world non MSFT customers be doing real world  Load and Performance Testing on Azure? Seriously on Azure? Isn't azure supposed to just scale elastically? Why is this project number 1? Seriously the Product Group must have massive sway in the voting....sigh the other projects look really really interesting and vaulable.

  • Hi Allen, I updated the blog post to remove any future misunderstanding. The 01 - infront of the "Windows Azure Load and Performance Testing Framework" means it was the first project nomination idea we received. The projects with most votes are listed at the top. I removed the original numbering and added the rank column in the combined view. I hope that clarifies some of your concerns?

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