Managing Projects Using Visual Studio 2015 and Scrum

This Managing Projects Using Visual Studio 2015 and Scrum training course will help take your team and project to the next level. Using a combination of lecture, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and team-based exercises, attendees will experience how to deliver software using the Scrum framework and the corresponding tools and practices in Visual Studio 2015. Students will work in teams on a common case study. This course can be delivered using either on-premises Team Foundation Server 2015 or Visual Studio Online to plan and track work.

This training is intended for Product Owners, Scrum Masters, developers, testers, architects, business analysts, team leaders, and managers who want to improve the way their software is delivered. Both technical and non-technical people will benefit from this class.

Goals
  1. Learn Agile software development values and principles.
  2. Learn why empiricism is best suited for complex work.
  3. Learn the Scrum framework.
  4. Learn Scrum roles, events, and artifacts.
  5. Learn Product Backlog refinement.
  6. Learn lean approaches to software requirements.
  7. Learn requirements vs. specifications.
  8. Learn the importance of acceptance criteria.
  9. Learn Agile estimation techniques.
Outline
  1. The Scrum Framework
    1. The Scrum Guide
    2. Empiricism, inspection, adaptation, transparency
    3. Scrum roles, events, and artifacts
  2. Scrum in Action
    1. Refining the Product Backlog
    2. Planning a Sprint
    3. Planning daily work
    4. Conducting a Sprint Review
    5. Conducting a Sprint Retrospective
  3. Adopting Scrum
    1. Changing organizational culture
    2. Adoption blockers and common issues
    3. Dysfunction case studies
  4. The Team Project
    1. Visual Studio 2015 editions and features
    2. Visual Studio 2015 ALM overview
    3. Planning and creating a team project
    4. Configuring security, areas, and alerts/notifications
    5. Supporting multiple teams in a scaled environment
    6. Supporting multiple products by a single team
  5. The Product Backlog
    1. Visual Studio Scrum overview
    2. Creating and managing the Product Backlog
    3. PBI and Bug work item types
    4. Tagging, querying, and charting work items
    5. Using the Kanban board
    6. Implementing a definition of "Ready"
    7. Creating epic and feature level backlogs
  6. Planning and Tracking a Sprint
    1. Configuring Sprints and sprint dates
    2. Planning the forecasted work in the Sprint
    3. Creating task work items to represent the plan
    4. Configuring project alerts and notifications
    5. Tracking the daily progress of work
    6. Using the burndown chart
  7. Collaborating as a Team
    1. Collaboration principles and practices
    2. Creating storyboards in PowerPoint
    3. Reviewing code in Visual Studio
    4. Providing feedback using the Feedback Client
    5. Collaborating in a Team Room
  8. Agile Software Testing
    1. Agile testing principles and practices
    2. Creating tests to represent the Sprint plan
    3. Microsoft Test Manager 2015
    4. Creating a test plan, test suites, and test cases
    5. Planning and running tests from the browser
  9. Agile Software Development
    1. Using the My Work page in Team Explorer
    2. Unit Testing & Test-Driven Development (TDD)
    3. Team Foundation Build 2015
    4. Continuous Integration (CI)
  10. Reporting
    1. The metrics that matter
    2. Visual Studio reporting capabilities
    3. Visual Studio Scrum out-of-the-box reports
    4. Ad-hoc reporting using queries and charts
    5. Ad-hoc reporting using Excel
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:

  • Some project management and software development experience, either as a team member or as a project manager.
  • Experience with Agile software development, Scrum and Visual Studio are also helpful, but not required.
  • Attendees should read and be familiar with the Scrum Guide.
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Training for your Team

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

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