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TFS 2015 Immersion (formerly ALM Solutions) Course Outline

 (5 days)
Version 2015

This five-day immersion course is designed to get your entire team working efficiently with Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management solution based around Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2015 or Visual Studio Team Services. The course is divided into different topics on each of the days to help you gain a complete understanding of the features and capabilities of Visual Studio 2015 and Team Foundation Server 2015.

This class is designed for individuals or complete development teams who need to learn how to use Visual Studio 2015 and Team Foundation Server 2015 for Agile software development. This course covers team development, managing projects, Agile development, Agile testing and DevOps.

At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to;
Describe the full feature-set of Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management suite
Create Team Projects and Team Project Collections as appropriate for your environment
Understand how Work Item tracking can be used across the entire team
Create custom work item queries and alerts
Use a variety of client tools to interact with team members and TFS
Use the version control system to maintain source code as well as branch and merge code
Improve code using the Code Review workflow in My Work
Enhance team collaboration using Team Rooms
Create automated builds and automate the execution of unit tests
Manage projects using the Agile Planning tools
Create Portfolio backlogs to help manage large projects
Manage work in teams including sprints and backlogs
Create Test Plans, Test Suites and Test Cases
Perform a variety of testing using the testing tools in Microsoft Test Manager
Raise information rich bugs and verify them once resolved
Use the new Web-based Test Case management interface
Perform exploratory testing
Configure Build automation using the new Build system in 2015
Create and modify builds to include automated testing and deployment
Configure Application Insights to monitor application telemetry

This event is designed for all team members looking to effectively use the team oriented features provided by Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 and Team Foundation Server 2015. This includes developers, testers, business analysts, build and release staff.

Attendees should be familiar with the needs of a software development team and the basic processes they would follow. Familiarity with Visual Studio and the basic use of Team Foundation Server or Visual Studio Team Services would be a benefit.

Course Outline

Modules - Day One - Team Development

Module 1.1 - Introducing Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 and TFS 2015
What’s new in Visual Studio 2015
Overview of the Visual Studio 2015 family
A lap around Visual Studio Team Services

Module 1.2 - Organizing work with Team Projects
Organizing projects in TFS or VSTS
Understanding Process Templates
Creating a new Team Project
Setting Team Project properties

Module 1.3 - Managing work using Work Items
Overview of Work Items
Traceability between work items
Creating custom queries
Work item charting and pinning charts
Work item tagging
Configuring project alerts and notifications

Module 1.4 - Integrating the team using different clients
Using Team Explorer
Using Microsoft Excel to create and manage work items
Using Microsoft Project integrate with Work Items
Team Web Access
Third Party clients

Modules - Day Two - Managing Agile Projects

Module 2.1 - Creating our Product Backlog
Examining Requirement types
Creating backlog items
Creating requirement hierarchies using features and epics
The importance of acceptance criteria

Module 2.2 - Agile Estimation
Introduction to Estimation
Using Story Points
Planning Poker and other popular estimation techniques
Adding your estimates to TFS Work Items

Module 2.3 – Working from the Product Backlog
Introducing the Kanban board
Entering and editing details on the Kanban board
Customizing columns including using split columns and limiting WIP
Recording our Definition of Done (DoD)
Understanding the Cumulative Flow Diagram

Module 2.4 – Working in sprints
Specifying your sprint schedule and your team capacity
Selecting items for the sprint backlog using forecasting
Decomposing requirements into Tasks
Using Burndown charts to track progress
Monitoring work using the taskboard
Working with unparented work items

Module 2.5 - Using Storyboards
Overview of Storyboarding capabilities
Creating a storyboard to illustrate a requirement
Linking a storyboard to a work item

Modules - Day Three - Agile Development

Module 3.1 - TFS Version Control Concepts
Version Control in Visual Studio
Version Control terminology
A closer look at Workspaces
Changesets and shelvesets

Module 3.2 - Using Team Foundation Version Control
The Source Control Explorer
Getting code into TFVC
Understanding the Pending Changes experience
Linking changesets to work items
Locking files in TFVC

Module 3.3 – Configuring an effective Version Control environment
Working with Workspaces
Setting team project wide source control settings
Check-in policies
Backward compatibility using the MSSCCI provider
Using TFS Shell Integration (PowerTool)

Module 3.4 – Branching and merging
Defining a branching strategy
How to branch
Branch visualisation and tracking changes
Merging and resolving conflicts
Custom differencing tools

Module 3.5 - Unit testing and code quality tools
Unit Testing in Visual Studio
Visual Studio Test Explorer
Code Metrics
Static Code Analysis

Modules - Day Four - Agile Testing

Module 4.1 - Creating our first Test Plan
Creating a Test Plan
Creating Test Suites
Mapping requirements to tests
Mapping our effort to specific builds
Configuring Test settings including data collectors

Module 4.2 - Authoring Test Cases
Creating and managing test cases
Creating reusable shared steps
Databinding our Test Cases
Using Shared Parameters

Module 4.3 - Executing test cases
Assigning a test case to a tester
Navigating the Microsoft Test Runner
Recording reliable action recordings
Test Case Fast Forward

Module 4.4 - Raising and Verifying Bugs
Raising a bug from the Microsoft Test Runner
View bug states
Verifying a bug fix

Module 4.5 - Exploratory Testing with MTM
What is Exploratory Testing?
Exploratory Testing in Microsoft Test Manager
Creating Bugs and Test Cases from exploratory tests

Modules - Day Five - DevOps

Module 5.1 - An overview of DevOps
Demystifying the DevOps buzzword
Understanding DevOps value
How the Microsoft stack supports DevOps

Module 5.2 - Continuous Integration and Build Automation
Understanding the new 2015 Build infrastructure
Creating new build definitions
Configuring Continuous Integration
Build Customisation
Working with legacy XAML builds

Module 5.3 - Continuous Deployment
Creating a release pipeline
Overview of deployment options
Deploying applications to Azure

Module 5.4 - Continuous Testing
Configuring automated testing
Web tests and load tests

Module 5.5 - Monitoring your application using Application Insights
Overview of Application Insights
Monitoring application availability
Monitoring application performance
Viewing diagnostic information
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