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  • Blog Post: Visibility and transparency is key to effective teams … taking a closer look at the flight plan status board

    When we walk into any bus, train, ship or airport terminal we typically venture to the arrivals or departure board to quickly discover the status of the vessel we are interested in. Some are crisp, while others are often daunting … especially if you are looking for a connecting flight with a short stop...
  • Blog Post: Looking for trend reporting against VS Online and more? Peruse the new TFS Reporting Guide!

    We are pleased to announce the release of TFS Reporting Guide v1, which will take you on a fascinating journey to discover the exciting and powerful reporting features provided by Team Foundation Server. This is v1 of a potentially long and evolutionary adventure. This guidance is focused on providing...
  • Blog Post: Pirates ship ALM Readiness Treasure Map v2.1 release for Windows 8.1

    We are pleased to announce the third release of ALM Readiness Treasure Map v2.1 to the Windows Store. “ Hello, fellow pirates!  Hopefully you have had a chance to use version 2.0 of the ALM Readiness Treasure Map application  and are enjoying the improvements that it brought over v1.0. Our...
  • Blog Post: Unit Test Generator v1.2 and Tim’s Gremlins

    The vsarUnitTestFx (Unit Test Generator) team has just finished the testing of the latest version of the extension v1.2. Start exploring the extension by Exploring the Unit Test Generator VS Extension v1.RC . v1.2 – What’s New? Similar to v1.1 this latest release is a bug fix release, which resolves...
  • Blog Post: Robert shows us what was involved to upgrade the ALM Treasure Map for Windows 8.1

    Robert MacLean from the vsarTreasureMap team gives us a quick tour of the changes made to the ALM Readiness Treasure Map v2 to get it ready for Windows 8.1. What do you think of this new, (fun?) and fast paced tour through upgrade, UX and coding changes? Related ALM Readiness Treasure Map Blogs
  • Blog Post: Vladimir talks about Microsoft Fakes and Team Build on his new English blog

    Vladimir Gusarov recently stepped forward (he always does if there is a debugging challenge) to investigate why the builds for the TFS Branch Tool turned red (failed) even though no changes were made to the code base … “obviously nothing has changed” … Vladimir has been blogging in Russian for years...
  • Blog Post: Unit Test Generator v1.1 resolves two bugs

    The vsarUnitTestFx (Unit Test Generator) team has just finished the testing of the latest version of the extension v1.1. The Exploring the Unit Test Generator VS Extension v1.RC is still a good “getting started” post and also shows how to use the configuration dialog, which does not show by default....
  • Blog Post: Practical guidance on the concepts of DevOps, continuous delivery and release management

    The ALM Rangers introduced the DevOps Workbench solution and practical guidance in collaboration with the Patterns & Practices book Building a Release Pipeline with TFS , as a great way to start learning the concepts of DevOps & Release Management for TFS 2012 and to kick the tires. Introducing...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers ship the Unit Test Generator v1 … now what?

    The Unit Test Generator is not about pure feature re-enablement, but instead embraces the new test architecture, provides additional functionality and support for other frameworks. - Joshua Weber, August 13, 2013. v1.0.13.0820 (RTM) has shipped! See aka.ms/ vsarNews3 , download and dog-food it today...
  • Blog Post: Exploring the Unit Test Generator VS Extension v1.RC

    We are busy with final signing of the Unit Test Generator release candidate (RC), previously discussed in Unit Test Generator under the bonnet (hood) … aka vsarUnitTestFx ...‎ and Announcing the Unit Test Generator Visual Studio Extension BETA‎ . In this post we will take a peek at some of the features...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Unit Test Generator Visual Studio Extension BETA

    With Unit Test Generator under the bonnet (hood) … aka vsarUnitTestFx ...‎ we met the first of three major milestones when we shipped the internal Alpha. Today our product owner gave us the and announced the public Beta. Here is a copy of his announcement: I’d like to announce the Beta release of the...
  • Blog Post: Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012 + MyHistory Extension Article by Mike Fourie

    Michael Fourie takes us on adventure of extending the Visual Studio Team Explorer in a captivating MSDN Magazine article. Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012 … but there is more. As part of the article Mike created a productivity Visual Studio Extension that is a “must have”. Sample Code (as referenced...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ALM Ranger Solutions Catalogue (aka.ms/vsarsolutions)

    The following catalogue summarizes the Visual Studio ALM Rangers out-of-band solutions for feature gaps and value-add guidance for the ALM community. eBooks (latest versions)   BETA   BETA   BETA   *COMING* *SOON* CAUTION: Wandering into ALPHA or BETA territory could ruin anyone's...
  • Blog Post: Unit Test Generator under the bonnet (hood) … aka vsarUnitTestFx

    Once you’ve moved to Visual Studio 2012, what’s a dev to do without the Create Unit Tests feature? Based on the high demand on User Voice for this feature to be restored, the Visual Studio ALM Rangers have introduced the vsarUnitTestFx Visual Studio Extension. It is time that we talk about this exciting...
  • Blog Post: TFS Branch Tool goes “Community”

    Mattias Sköld has released the TFS Community Branch Tool Visual Studio Extension , based on the ALM Rangers Quick Response Sample ALM Rangers Branch Tool Visual Studio extension. The goal of this solution is to enable TFS users to implement a consistent branching model as part of team project or team...
  • Blog Post: Better Unit Testing with Test Code Generation: Kick-off!

    The ALM Rangers have completed the project “ kick-off ” meeting this morning, to address the Add "Create Unit Tests" menu option back idea on UserVoice as mentioned in the recent ALM Rangers Triage #3 - What happened to your idea in UserVoice report. Codename Raven … symbolizing knowledge,...
  • Blog Post: TFSBranchTool – Two videos by a phenomenal team

    The following team … … has released two videos which will help you understand and enjoy the quick response solution TFSBranchTool: See Channel 9 Video by Brian Keller and Micheal Learned for a great demo. See RangersTalk - An insight into the inner world of the Quick Response TFS Branch Tool by the team...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers ship update #1 for the Team Foundation Server Word Add-in

    We are pleased to announce that we have released the first update to version (1.0.12.0622) of the Team Foundation Server Word Add-in, adding support for Word 2010 64-bit. See Word4TFS10-x64misi and Rangers_vsarword4tfs_1.0.12.0622_Everything.zip files in the latest The add-in allows you to import...
  • Blog Post: FAQ - TfsBranchTool: How do I customi[s|z]e a TFS Branching scenario plan?

    In Quick Response Sample – Command line utility to create TFS Branch Scenarios we introduced the latest Ranger Quick Response Solutions sample, focused on implementing a consistent branching model as part of team project or team creation process, that complies with the VS TFS Branching and Merging Guide...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ALM Ranger Solutions

    NOTICE:  2013-05-16 This page has been retired ! Please refer to http://aka.ms/vsarsolutions in future.   Visual Studio 2012 | Visual Studio 2010 | Visual Studio 2008 | Visual Studio 2005   | Project Codes     More Resources to Explore              ...
  • Blog Post: TOC – Quick Response Solutions

    This blog post pulls together all the Quick Response Solutions from the Visual Studio ALM Rangers . For more information on the Quick Response model, please refer to ALM Ranger solution types and a practical walkthrough of the Quick Response concept (Part 2) . Last updated: 2012-12-05 ALM Rangers Quick...
  • Blog Post: Community TFS Team Tools released on CodePlex

    Mattias Sköld released the Community TFS Team Tools Codeplex project, taking the ALM Rangers Quick Response Code Sample to the next level.   See http://mskold.blogspot.se/2012/06/community-tfs-team-tools-released-at.html for more details.
  • Blog Post: AIT TeamSystemPro Team has released a new version of our AIT Dependency Manager to the Community

    The AIT TeamSystemPro Team has released a new version of our AIT Dependency Manager on VS Gallery: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/92a6416d-fc18-4b5b-9b66-fba7af728984 The latest release includes the following features: Free Visual Studio 2010 extension IntelliSense-Support for Xml-dependency...
  • Blog Post: New version of Skype and Messenger providers … Nico Orschel was busy over Christmas :)

    During the Christmas holidays Nico published a new version of the Skype provider, a modified Messenger provider with TFS 2010 Power Tools on Codeplex https://tfscollab.codeplex.com and a new Checkin Policy. To polish up your German, digest the following blog post:  http://blog.aitgmbh.de/2012/01...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers Sabbatical #4 – Focusing on the Coded UI Word Add-In

    Every so often we invite ALM Rangers to collaborate with us on a strategic project. They are typically roped into meetings during their vacation time, which means that they are giving up their vacation time for the commun ity We had tree previous ALM Rangers sabbaticals: No Sabbatical Focus ALM Ranger...
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