Application Lifecycle Management Using Visual Studio 2012 (Agile)

This Application Lifecycle Management training class provides students with the knowledge and skills to effectively use the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools found in Visual Studio 2012. The course focuses on demonstrating to developers, testers, product owners, project managers, architects, testers, and release managers the various ALM features and capabilities of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server (TFS).

This course is intended for current software development professionals who are involved in building .NET applications. Regardless of the student's role, he or she will be able to learn and get hands-on experience with all of the pertinent ALM features of Visual Studio.


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  1. Learn about Visual Studio's ALM tools and capabilities.
  2. Learn about conducting and tracking a code review.
  3. Learn about TFS components and architecture.
  4. Understand and use version control.
  5. Learn about using the TFS Administration Console.
  6. Learn about writing and executing .NET unit tests.
  7. Learn about planning and creating team project collections.
  8. Learn about integrating 3rd party unit testing tools (i.e. NUnit).
  9. Learn about planning and creating team projects.
  10. Learn about using code analysis and code metrics.
  11. Learn to process templates and their purpose.
  12. Learn about using code clone analysis to find duplicate code.
  13. Learn about using the MSF/Agile process template.
  14. Learn about using IntelliTrace to troubleshoot and diagnosis .
  15. Learn about managing and securing a team project.
  16. Learn about using Performance Profiler.
  17. Learn about creating and querying work items.
  18. Learn how to test case management using Test Manager (MTM).
  19. Understand and use work item hierarchies.
  20. Learn about planning, creating, and executing manual/UI tests.
  21. Learn about using Agile tools to plan and track work.
  22. Learn about using coded UI tests to automate UI testing.
  23. Learn to use the TWA Backlog to manage a Product Backlog.
  24. Learn about performing exploratory testing using MTM.
  25. Learn to use the TWA Board to manage a Sprint Backlog.
  26. Learn about testing web applications.
  27. Learn about using UML to model and describe a system.
  28. Learn about putting tests under load.
  29. Learn about using layer diagrams and sequence diagrams.
  30. Understan and using Team Foundation Build.
  31. Learn about using Architecture Explorer to explore code.
  32. Learn about configuring build controllers and agents.
  33. Learn about obtaining stakeholder feedback.
  34. Learn about automating the building and testing of a project.
  35. Learn about creating storyboards in PowerPoint.
  1. Introduction
    1. Challenges facing development teams
    2. ALM overview
    3. ALM support in Visual Studio
    4. TFS overview
    5. Features and capabilities by edition and role
  2. Team Projects
    1. The Project Administrator role
    2. Team project collections
    3. Team projects
    4. Creating a team project
    5. Configuring and managing a team project
    6. Relevant third party tools
  3. Process Templates and Work Items
    1. Software development methodologies
    2. Agile vs. formal software development
    3. Process templates
    4. The MSF for Agile Software Development process template
    5. Work item types and hierarchies
    6. Creating and managing work items
    7. The Agile tools in Team Web Access (TWA)
  4. Version Control
    1. Team Foundation Version Control overview
    2. Visual Studio integration
    3. Types of workspaces
    4. Source Control Explorer
    5. Get, check-out, check-in, label
    6. Managing and resolving conflicts
    7. Branching and merging overview
  5. Modeling the Application
    1. Architect activities
    2. Directed Graph Modeling Language (DGML)
    3. Exploring existing code
    4. Architecture Explorer
    5. Sequence diagrams
    6. UML models and diagrams
    7. Layer diagrams
  6. Collaboration
    1. Using the My Work window
    2. Suspending and resuming work
    3. Shelving and unshelving changes
    4. Creating storyboards in PowerPoint
    5. Requesting, providing, and reviewing Stakeholder feedback
    6. Requesting, providing, and reviewing a code review
  7. Writing Quality Code
    1. Programming vs. testing activities
    2. Unit testing and code coverage
    3. Test Driven Development (TDD) overview
    4. Test impact analysis
    5. Code analysis and code metrics
    6. Code clone analysis
    7. Application profiling
    8. IntelliTrace
  8. Testing the Application
    1. The testing lifecycle
    2. Types of tests
    3. Manual tests
    4. Coded UI tests
    5. Web performance tests
    6. Load tests
    7. Exploratory tests
  9. Team Foundation Build
    1. Team Foundation Build
    2. The Build Process
    3. Build definitions and templates
    4. View, manage and queue builds
    5. Build reports
    6. Automating Team Foundation Build
    7. Continuous Integration (CI)
Class Materials

Each student in our Live Online and our Onsite classes receives a comprehensive set of materials, including course notes and all the class examples.

Class Prerequisites

Experience in the following is required for this Visual Studio class:

  • Experience working on a software development team and be familiar with that team's ALM processes, practices, and tools.
  • Have familiarity with values and principles of Agile software development.
  • Have used Visual Studio (any modern version).
  • Have familiarity with distributed application design.
  • Be able to read and understanding requirements.
  • Be able to read and understand C# .NET code (all source code will be provided).
  • Understand Microsoft Windows operating system and security basics.

Training for your Team

Length: 3 Days
  • Private Class for your Team
  • Online or On-location
  • Customizable
  • Expert Instructors

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