Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Agile Project Management using TFS 2012

Agile software development is a concept based on values and principles from the Agile Manifesto. Agile values individuals, interactions and customer collaboration that is responsive to change to produce working software. Agile processes promote sustainable development by teams of motivated individuals providing incremental delivery of technically excellent working software in short iterations. Business people and developers work together daily, embracing change for the customer's competitive advantage. Scrum is an iterative and incremental agile framework for developing and sustaining complex products. The Scrum Guide contains the definition of Scrum. This definition consists of Scrum's roles, events, artifacts and the rules that bind them. Scrum is founded on empirical process control theory, employing frequent inspection and adaptation to optimize predictability and control risk. The heart of Scrum is a sprint, a time-box of one month or less during which a "done," useable and potentially releasable product increment is created. A sprint review with customers is held at the end of each sprint to inspect the increment and adapt the product backlog if needed. In this article, we'll look at how Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 can help you quickly plan, manage and track work across your entire team. We will explore the new product backlog, sprint backlog and task boards, which can be used to track the flow of work during the course of an iteration. For this article, we'll use a fictional company named Fabrikam Fiber as a backdrop for the scenarios we cover, using the Visual Studio 2012 Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs/Demo Scripts from Brian Keller. Fabrikam Fiber provides cable television and related services to customers in the United States. The company is growing rapidly and has embraced the cloud, and more specifically Windows Azure, to scale its customer-facing Web site directly to end users to allow them to work with self-service tickets and track technicians. They also use an on-premises ASP.NET MVC application that customer service representatives use to administer customer orders. We will describe a number of scenarios that involve the development team of seven (plus or minus two) people at Fabrikam Fiber. These scenarios are based on a scrum that contains coders, testers, a product owner, a Scrum Master and other stakeholders and uses Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 to manage its source code, run builds, test its Web site and plan and track the whole product.

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