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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2012
I have the 2010 edition of this book (and Professional Team Foundation Server 2010 as well), and I must say that I really like the flow of this updated edition. Regardless if you are new or experienced, this edition definitely have something for you. I personally like the flow of this edition that kicks off by providing readers an introduction to ALM and Microsoft's solution around ALM, followed by immediate focus on several key topics on TFS in the order of most common usage for the product. In fact my team began with that sequence as well, by implementing TFS Version Control, enabling parallel development by branching & merging, setting up build automation for development & test environments, and followed by taking advantage of Work Item Tracking to facilitate project management.

Beginning with part two, each part serves as a go-to reference for me whenever I need to refresh on specific topics (i.e. Project Management, Development, or Testing, etc.). There are also new content that covers new features introduced in 2012 version of the product. I certainly would recommend every team member to read this book if possible, or at least be educated on certain topics relevant to their roles (especially if this is something new to them). Knowing how to use the product and use it correctly definitely will help in reducing any unnecessary frustration in the team.

Finally, if you are also administering TFS 2012, I'd strongly recommend you to get a copy of the Professional Team Foundation Server 2012. I have the 2010 edition and I found it useful in my day to day job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
True to form, testers and testing is always ignored or treated as irrelevant. Let the thing crash in Production and the first question always asked is "Who tested this?" Nice. But I digress.

I was looking for a reference that went into some detail about the use of MS Test Manager 2012. This book isn't it. It has some information, but the free stuff I found online at msdn and channel9 was far more helpful.

If you are a tester, you can probably skip this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
We didn't have a TFS or even a source manager plan, so I used this book to create both the plan, and the documentation.
We are still implementing, but this is a great starter resource, especially if you are already familiar with any form of source management.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
This book gives the complete "What", "How" and "Why" on features inside Visual Studio 2012 (VS) and Team Foundation Server 2012 (TFS). The authors wrote a comprehensive guide to how to use TFS within the software development lifecycle (SDLC) from multiple perspectives of product development (Change Management, Product Management, Project Management, Architecture, Development, and QA). This includes setting up your source control, creating automated builds, storyboarding, setting up your Scrum template, creating design/architecture documents, creating tests, debugging, and doing code/application analysis.

I specifically like the explanations of different configurations and how one favors a "value" over another in practice. As a consequence of this writing style, it is not a quick guide where someone can pickup and set up their own TFS environment without investing a significant amount of time.

Coming from a software development background, I especially like the sections about source control, the Scrum template, architecture, code metrics and unit testing. I felt that the discussions were complete and very similar practices that I've seen in the field of software development. Additionally, I learned additional perspectives to the usage of TFS that I hadn't thought of before.

Overall, this is a great book if you want to be fully informed about how to integrate TFS within your SDLC.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2012
When talking to people about TFS 2010 I have always suggested they get the 2010 edition of this book (and the related 'Professional Team Foundation Server 2010' a some of the same authors). These two books provide a great introduction to the 'how to' and 'why should you' questions in using TFS.

I am really pleased to say that this 2012 edition of this book continues in the same vein. Not everything in TFS is changed between 2010 and 2012, and this is reflected in this book. Some chapter remain basically the same, but the middle section of the book appears to be completely rewritten to cover the new web based management of features of TFS 2012.

So even if you have the 2010 version, if you are planning to use TFS 2012 it is well worth having a look at this new edition. It provides an easily accessible introduction to the key things you need to consider in your ALM process to make adoption of TFS successful
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
If you are looking for a book that really lays out the "How" for application lifecycle management, this is it. Brian, Mickey, and Martin are seasoned experts in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server, and are gifted writers. You can read this book and immediately put your hands on a keyboard and make use of the practical guidance included. Highly recommended.
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This is my second foray into this series of books (and I'm about to delve into the 2013 edition), and I can't recommend them enough. Whether you're using Visual Studio on its own or with Team Foundation Server (which I highly recommend), this is the book that speaks to the nuts & bolts of the business. It gives you a lot of information about how the SDLC components in Visual Studio work and it is written in a way that lets you make specific decisions about how you want to implement Visual Studio / TFS in your business. It also serves as a good reference to learn the individual components of Visual Studio if all you want to do is model diagrams, or mockups, or just Bugs & User Stories.

My organization used this book extensively for our Project Managers and Business Analysts. We had testers but the materials on Testing are probably enough to make an entire book unto itself, so you won't get a lot of specifics on that here. However, the way Work Items are used, the Architecture Explorer, and the way you can model your application's work and/or do mockups is covered very well. Visual Studio 2012 changed the way things work quite a bit, but the changes have ultimately been for the better. I'm very pleased with how much this book extends the also-excellent 2010 version. The language is good for a non-technical person to understand and the level of detail is just about right for beginner to intermediate level use of Visual Studio / TFS.

If you want to talk about the technical side of implementing Team Foundation Server, such as how to install, configure, or transition your team, I also recommend the book "Professional Team Foundation Server" - think of that book as your 'Initiation Phase' guide and this book as your 'Planning & Implementing Phase' book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
There are few books that are iconic in their genre - the type of book that not only does it not make it back to the book shelf after being read but ends up getting dog-eared from use.
This is that book for anybody in the ALM space
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on March 27, 2013
Even though this book is aimed at covering all the features of Visual Studio Ultimate, I was able to use it with VS 2012 Express & TFS Express to setup Source Control, Build Management (with a bit of help from MS Channel 9 videos & ALMRanger docs). For that alone it was worth the purchase, throw in unit testing, code anaysis an understanding of UML diagrams was a bonus. VS Professional-Ulitmate features like dependency diagrams, UI testing & all the others were worth knowing about, for possible future use. Minor nitpick .. could have had labels for the figures etc.
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on March 28, 2013
The book covers the overall development with Visual Studio 2012 and TFS. I would recommend it for anyone who begins with TFS or Visual Studio 2012. There are useful tips on agile methodologies and how it's supported by TFS. The interesting part was about creating reports from TFS. Also recommended for Kindle.
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