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ALMI17 - TFS 2017 Immersion


Duration: 5




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Course Information

Course Description

This five-day immersion course is designed to get your entire team working efficiently with Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management solution based around Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017 or Visual Studio Team Services. The course is divided into different topics on each of the days to help you gain a complete understanding of the features and capabilities of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017.


This class is designed for individuals or complete development teams who need to learn how to use Visual Studio 2017 and Team Foundation Server 2017 for Agile software development. This course covers team development, managing projects, Agile development, Agile testing, and DevOps.


This course can also be taught onsite at your facilities and can be customized to meet the needs of your specific team members. This course includes hands-on labs to reinforce practical skills and ensure you’re ready to use the tools on your return to your workplace.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the full feature set of Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management suite
  • Create team projects and team project collections as appropriate for their environment
  • Understand how work item tracking can be used across the entire team
  • Create custom work item queries and notifications
  • Use a variety of clients to interact with team members and TFS
  • Use the version control system to maintain source code as well as branch and merge code
  • Improve code using the code review workflow in My Work
  • Create automated builds and automate the execution of unit tests
  • Manage projects using the Agile planning tools
  • Create portfolio backlogs to help manage large projects
  • Manage work in teams including sprints and backlogs
  • Create test plans, test suites, and test cases
  • Perform a variety of testing using Microsoft Test Manager and the Test Hub
  • Raise information-rich bugs and verify them once resolved
  • Perform exploratory testing
  • Create and modify builds to include automated testing and deployment
  • Deploy software using Release Management
  • Configure Application Insights to monitor your applications

Course Audience

This class is designed for all team members looking to effectively use the team-oriented features provided by Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 and Team Foundation Server 2017. This includes developers, testers, business analysts, and build and release staff.

Course Outline

​Day One: Team Development


Module 1.1: Introducing Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 and TFS 2017

What’s new in Visual Studio 2017

Overview of the Visual Studio 2017 family

A lap around Visual Studio Team Services


Module 1.2: Organizing Work with Team Projects

Organizing projects in TFS or VSTS

Understanding process templates

Creating a new team project

Setting team project properties


Module 1.3: Managing Work Using Work Items

Overview of work items

Traceability between work items

Searching and creating custom queries

Work item charting and pinning charts

Work item tagging

Configuring project notifications


Module 1.4: Integrating the Team Using Different Clients

Using Team Explorer

Using Microsoft Excel to create and manage work items

Team Web Access

Third-party clients


Day Two: Managing Agile Projects


Module 2.1: Creating Our Product Backlog

Examining requirement types

Creating backlog items

Creating requirement hierarchies using features and epics

The importance of acceptance criteria


Module 2.2: Agile Estimation

Introduction to estimation

Using story points

Planning Poker and other popular estimation techniques

Adding your estimates to work items


Module 2.3: Working from the Product Backlog

Introducing the Kanban board

Entering and editing details on the Kanban board

Customizing columns including using split columns and limiting WIP

Recording our Definition of Done (DoD)

Understanding the Cumulative Flow Diagram


Module 2.4: Working in Sprints

Specifying your sprint schedule and team capacity

Selecting items for the sprint backlog using forecasting

Decomposing requirements into tasks

Using burndown charts to track progress

Monitoring work using the task board

Working with unparented work items


Module 2.5: Creating and Customizing Reports

Overview of reporting architecture

Reviewing the out-of-the-box reports

Adding new reports

Creating ad hoc reports using Excel


Day Three: Agile Development


Module 3.1: TFS Version Control Concepts

Version control in Visual Studio

Version control terminology

A closer look at workspaces

Changesets and shelvesets


Module 3.2: Using Team Foundation Version Control

The Source Control Explorer

Getting code into TFVC

Understanding the Pending Changes experience

Linking changesets to work items

Locking files in TFVC


Module 3.3: Configuring an Effective Version Control Environment

Working with workspaces

Setting team-project-wide source control settings

Check-in policies

Backward compatibility using the MSSCCI provider


Module 3.4: Branching and Merging

Defining a branching strategy

How to branch

Branch visualization and tracking changes

Merging and resolving conflicts

Custom differencing tools


Module 3.5: Unit Testing and Code Quality Tools

Unit testing in Visual Studio

Visual Studio Test Explorer

Code metrics

Static code analysis


Day Four: Agile Testing


Module 4.1: Creating Your First Test Plan

Creating a test plan

Creating test suites

Mapping requirements to tests

Mapping effort to specific builds

Configuring test settings including data collectors


Module 4.2: Authoring Test Cases

Creating and managing test cases

Creating reusable shared steps

Databinding our test cases

Using shared parameters


Module 4.3: Executing Test Cases

Assigning a test case to a tester

Navigating the Microsoft Test Runner

Recording reliable action recordings

Test Case Fast Forward


Module 4.4: Raising and Verifying Bugs

Raising a bug from the Microsoft Test Runner

Viewing bug states

Verifying a bug fix


Module 4.5: Exploratory Testing

What is exploratory testing?

Tools for exploratory testing

Creating bugs and test cases from exploratory tests


Day Five: DevOps


Module 5.1: An Overview of DevOps

Demystifying the DevOps buzzword

Understanding DevOps value

How the Microsoft stack supports DevOps


Module 5.2: Continuous Integration and Build Automation

Understanding the build infrastructure

Creating new build definitions

Configuring continuous integration

Build customization

Working with legacy XAML builds


Module 5.3: Release Management

Creating a release pipeline

Overview of deployment options

Configuring continuous deployment

Deploying applications to Azure


Module 5.4: Continuous Testing

Configuring automated testing

Web tests and load tests


Module 5.5: Monitoring Your Application Using Application Insights

Overview of Application Insights

Adding Application Insights to your web application

Tracking usage data

Viewing Application Insights data in the portal​

Course Prerequisites

Attendees should be familiar with the needs of a software development team and the basic processes they would follow. Familiarity with Visual Studio and the basic use of Team Foundation Server or Visual Studio Team Services would be a benefit.

Course Schedule
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