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An improved edition of the book on ALM with VS & TFS 2012
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.