Synopses & Reviews
This book offers a practical approach to running Agile software projects using Visual Studio's project management templates and tools in real-world project environments.
The author starts with an overview of the interaction of traditional, scrum-based agile development techniques and the Microsoft Solutions Framework, which provides a team and milestone model for organizing the overall project effort. He shows how in combination, these iterative approaches enable teams to reliably deliver both commercial software and internal projects.
The author describes the key templates that come with the product and demonstrates the best practices for using them. He covers the key data items to track and reviews the specific reports that turn that data into actionable information.
But this is more than just a book about tools---it is a book about process and results. It focuses on the artifacts that must be in place to keep a project on track and heading in the right direction. This includes team models, process models and detailed tracking assets.
While Visual Studio enables easy visibility to project metrics, the tools and data can become overwhelming. This book highlights the most pertinent information so that everyone involved can see just what is necessary. Developers and managers can track their work in Visual Studio, while other stake holders, from executives to beta testers, can use a web browser or Office to access the same information.
This book addresses the messy challenges of communication, organization and resource constraints. It draws from experience of projects spanning the envisioning phase to ship mode, using Visual Studio to organize and track progress using Agile methods. In short, this book combines the theory and practical experience to help the reader ship great software.
Professional guidance on using Microsoft’s Visual Studio toolset for agile project management
Focusing on both process and results, this professional guide offers a practical approach to running agile software projects using Visual Studio’s project management templates and tools. You’ll first get a thorough overview of the interaction between traditional, scrum-based agile development techniques and the Microsoft Soutions Framework, before drilling down into the detail. The book covers tools, best practices, key templates, key data, team and process models, necessary tracking assets—and a host of other project challenges, such as project communication, organization, and budgets.
- Shows how to use Microsoft’s agile Visual Studio toolset for agile project management
- Written by leading experts from Microsoft and industry, this is an authoritative guide to agile development for all Microsoft-based projects
- Teaches basic concepts through best practices for delivering great software on time
- Covers the interaction of traditional, scrum-based agile development techniques and the Microsoft Solutions Framework
- Focuses on what must be in place to keep a project on track, including team models, process models, detailed tracking assets, and more
Professional Scrum with Team foundation Server 2010 combines theory with practical experience to help experienced software project managers and developers ship reliable software on time.
Ship great softwarereliably and on timeusing Scrum and TFS
Three main factors are necessary to successfully ship great software: technology, talent, and process. Offering an in-depth focus on the process element, this book serves as a road map for using Scrum to organize teams and activities and shows you how to use Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) to execute a Scrum project. The three authors combine their years of experience to present you with best practices, including templates to help get you started. They also provide a trio of distinct perspectives for handling the variety of challengesthat you may face, all aimed at putting you on the fast track to shipping exemplary software with Scrum and TFS.
Professional Scrum with Team Foundation Server 2010:
Details the basics of software project management, from initiating a project to organizing the team
Examines the roles and responsibilities of an effective team
Introduces you to the tracking and reporting functions of TFS
Shares guidance and insight into using Scrum artifacts in TFS
Demonstrates how to create product backlog items and define them for release
Includes in-depth coverage of running a release, a sprint, and a retrospective meeting
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About the Author
Steve Resnick is a founder and managing director of BlueMetal Architects, a consulting and product development firm specializing in IT strategy, architecture, design, and delivery. Previously, he was CTO of the Microsoft Technology Centers.
Aaron Bjork is a senior program manager at Microsoft, working on Agile experiences and tooling within Team Foundation Server.
Michael de la Maza is an Agile coach and trainer whose clients include Carbonite, Intuit, EMC, and Verizon Wireless. He developed the 19-course KnowAgile curriculum that is taught throughout the country.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: SHIPPING SOFTWARE.
CHAPTER 2: ORGANIZING A SCRUM TEAM.
CHAPTER 3: TRACKING WHAT’S IMPORTANT IN TEAM FOUNDATION SERVER.
CHAPTER 4: GETTING STARTED WITH THE TFS SCRUM TEMPLATE.
CHAPTER 5: WORK ITEMS, QUERIES, AND REPORTS.
CHAPTER 6: THE PRODUCT BACKLOG.
CHAPTER 7: TRACKING QUALITY.
CHAPTER 8: RUNNING A RELEASE.
CHAPTER 9: RUNNING A SPRINT.
CHAPTER 10: THE RETROSPECTIVE.
CHAPTER 11: IMPROVING SCRUM BY USING SPIKES.
APPENDIX A: WORKING WITH SCRUM ASSESSMENTS.
APPENDIX B: REFERENCES.