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ALM Rangers Visual Studio 11 Readiness – Part1: A small peek at the upcoming TFS Planning Guide

ALM Rangers Visual Studio 11 Readiness – Part1: A small peek at the upcoming TFS Planning Guide

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In Understanding our Visual Studio 11 Readiness conspiracy we introduced our latest wave of ALM Ranger solutions that we are planning to release simultaneously (sim-ship) with Windows 8 and Visual Studio. We have just crossed a major milestone when the ALM Ranger teams started posting their ALPHA bits for a first wave of reviews by the ALM Rangers and the Product Groups. While we are not yet making the bits available for public review and consumption, it is time to take a peek, because the teams have done a phenomenal job in very challenging environments (ALM Guidance: Visual Studio ALM Rangers — Reflections on Virtual Teams) … “Cowabunga” teams!

As shown below, we are starting with peek at the Team Foundation Server Planning Guide.

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Abstract

This project delivers practical and scenario based guidance for the implementation of Team Foundation Server. We guide you through the decisions whether to have one or more Team Foundation Servers, one or more Team Project Collections, one or more Team Projects and one or more Teams, based on scenarios and implications of each decision.

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Epics

The Epics addressed by the solution include:

  • I would like to understand how to select the right deployment topology of Team Foundation Servers within my organization
  • I would like to understand how to structure Team Project Collections (TPC) within my organization
  • I would like to understand how to structure Team Projects (TPs) within my organization
  • I would like to understand how to structure Project Teams within my Team Projects (TP)
  • I would like to understand the implications of large projects and a mix of internal and external development teams on TPC and TP planning
  • I want hands-on lab and video material based on guidance to be used as quick-starts

The Quick Reference Poster shown below is a concise summary and checklist for the recommendations covered in the guidance. The poster is still marked ALPHA, so peruse and give us feedback, BUT do not use for production planning!

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The latest guidance document level 1 outline s is shown below. We are including real-world scenarios and feedback from the trenches by ALM Rangers to ensure that the guidance is based on experience, rather than presenting a theoretical perspective.

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