- Paperback: 600 pages
- Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (September 19, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118314085
- ISBN-13: 978-1118314081
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Use ALM to solve real-world challenges
Focused on the latest release of Visual Studio, this edition shows you how to use the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) capabilities of Visual Studio 2012 to streamline software design, development, and testing. Divided into six main parts, this timely and authoritative title covers Team Foundation Server, stakeholder engagement, project management, architecture, software development, and testing. Whether serving as a step-by-step guide or a reference for designing software solutions, this book offers a nuts-and-bolts approach to using Microsoft's flagship development tools to solve real-world challenges throughout the application lifecycle.
Professional Application Lifecycle Management:
- Includes practical examples that demonstrate the capabilities of each of the ALM tools available in Visual Studio 2012
- Covers developing, debugging, and testing applications with tools such as Visual Studio, Microsoft Test Manager, lab management, and IntelliTrace
- Explains how to use Team Foundation Server 2012 for version control, project management, test case management, and feedback collection
- Provides pragmatic tutorials for the entire teamincluding developers, project managers, testers, architects, business managers, and external stakeholders
About the Author
Mickey Gousset is a principal consultant for Infront Consulting Group, a Microsoft ALM MVP, and coauthor of several ALM books.
Brian Keller is a principal technical evangelist for Microsoft, the coauthor of several books, and has presented at conferences all over the world.
Martin Woodward is a senior program manager for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server at Microsoft. He has coauthored several ALM books, presents on the topic at conferences around the world and is a former Visual Studio ALM MVP of the Year.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
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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.
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.
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.
We are still implementing, but this is a great starter resource, especially if you are already familiar with any form of source management.
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.