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Managing Projects with Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System (Developer Reference) Paperback – March 22, 2007

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Key Book Benefits:

- Delivers in-depth product information, both architectural and hands-on
- Provides insights from early users and experienced Visual Studio Team System trainers
- Provides pragmatic insights on how to plan and use Visual Studio Team System in the software development life cycle
- Features information for both experienced software-development project managers new to Visual Studio Team System and seasoned project managers new to software-development roles

About the Author

Joel Semeniuk is a Microsoft Regional Director with more than a decade of software project management experience. He has worked with Visual Studio Team System since its early development. Joel is the author of two other books on programming software and he blogs regularly about Visual Studio Team System.

Martin Danner, Microsoft Solutions Architect Most Valuable Professional, is an expert on process methodologies and project management with more than 20 years of experience. He worked as a consultant during development of Visual Studio and helped create the Microsoft Official Curriculum for Visual Studio Team System.


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Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (March 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735622167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735622166
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,165,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ramon Ayre on August 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
In Managing Projects with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System, Joel really gets to the heart of addressing the reasons and benefits of having a common set of application lifecycle management tools (Visual Studio Team 2005 System) for all participants in the software development process to effectively track and report on individual and team progress.

It's not just the tracking and reporting, but its the metrics provided that allow answers to questions such as:" What percent complete are we at for this development project?; What's the overall software quality measurement?; How much more time is required before we are done?"

Not only does Joel discuss the problem of inter and extra-team communications for reporting on software development projects, he provides practical advice, examples and guidelines on how to implement and use Visual Studio 2005 Team System to orchestrate the communications and reporting processes for all roles (project manager, architect, developer, tester, sponsor, etc.) in the software development process.

A must read for anyone that manages Visual Studio.NET software development projects and wants to increase the effectiveness of their development efforts!
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This book helped me with ideas that put in practice, provided new ideas of as it manages projects with VSTS. For me it was useful.
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This book provides a good overview of VSTS. It goes into enough detail that the reader understands the broad range capabilities without being overwhelmed. If you just want a reference on VSTS, then I recommend this book.

However, the book is just plain lousy when it comes to the process of managing an actual project. Firstly, PMBOK stands for "Body of Knowledge" not "Book of Knowledge". Secondly, the importance of gathering, analyzing, validating, and verify requirements is woefully under-represented. Quality is mentioned, but in such a cursory way as to be practically useless. Ditto on CMM - not enough detail is given on key processes and work products. The process here seems focused on building software without first determining what to build or checking the correctness of what was actually build.

The approach here might work on small greenfield projects, but would be a train-wreck on any large project with involving any degree of human safety, legacy systems, accountability, etc. In other words, the project management approach in this book is probably not suitable for 90% of projects in an enterprise IT environment.
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