Agile Software Engineering with Visual Studio: From Concept by Sam Guckenheimer, Neno Loje

By Sam Guckenheimer, Neno Loje

Utilizing agile tools and the instruments of visible Studio 2010, improvement groups can carry higher-value software program swifter, systematically put off waste, and raise transparency through the complete improvement lifecycle. Now, Microsoft visible Studio product proprietor Sam Guckenheimer and prime visible Studio implementation advisor Neno Loje express tips to utilize Microsoft’s new visible Studio 2010 program Lifecycle administration (ALM) instruments on your environment.

This ebook is the definitive advisor to the appliance of agile improvement with Scrum and glossy software program engineering practices utilizing visible Studio 2010. You’ll tips on how to use visible Studio 2010 to empower and interact multidisciplinary, self-managing groups and supply the transparency they should maximize productiveness. alongside the best way, Guckenheimer and Loje assist you triumph over each significant obstacle that results in stakeholder dissatisfaction—from mismatched schedules to terrible caliber, blocked builds to irreproducible insects, and know-how “silos” to geographic “silos.”

Coverage includes
• Accelerating the “flow of value” to shoppers in any software program undertaking, irrespective of how huge or complex
• Empowering high-performance software program groups and removal overhead in software program delivery
• Automating “burndowns” and utilizing dashboards to realize a real-time, multidimensional view of caliber and progress
• utilizing visible Studio 2010 to lessen or get rid of “no repro” bugs
• Automating deployment and virtualizing try labs to make non-stop builds deployable
• utilizing try impression research to fast decide on the fitting exams in accordance with contemporary code changes
• operating successfully with assets, branches, and backlogs throughout dispensed teams
• Sharing code, construct automation, attempt, venture and different information throughout .NET and Java teams
• Uncovering hidden architectural styles in legacy software program, so that you can refactor adjustments extra confidently
• Scaling Scrum to massive, disbursed organizations

Whatever your self-discipline, this publication may also help you employ visible Studio 2010 to target what particularly concerns: construction software program that grants extraordinary worth quicker and retains clients satisfied some distance into the future.

Foreword by means of Ken Schwaber
It is my honor to put in writing a foreword for Sam’s e-book, Agile software program supply with visible Studio. Sam is either a practitioner of software program improvement, in addition to a student. i've got labored with Sam for the final years to merge Scrum with glossy engineering practices and a very good toolset, Microsoft’s VS 2010. we're either indebted to Aaron Bjork of Microsoft, who built the Scrum template that instantiates Scrum in VS 2010 during the Scrum Template.

I don't want Scrum to be prescriptive. I left many holes, equivalent to what because the syntax and association of the Product Backlog, the engineering practices that became Product Backlog goods right into a possibly shippable increment, and the magic that may create self-organizing groups. Sam has beautifully defined a method of filling in those holes in his booklet. He describes the strategies and tooling, in addition to the explanation of the method that he prescribes. He does this intimately, with scope and humor. due to the fact i've got labored with Microsoft because 2004 and Sam considering the fact that 2009 on those practices and tooling, i'm overjoyed. Our first release used to be a direction, the pro Scrum Developer .NET path, that taught builders the best way to use sturdy increments utilizing smooth engineering practices on VS 2010 — operating in self-organizing, cross-functional groups. Sam’s publication is the bible to this direction and extra, laying all of it out intimately and philosophy. while you are on a Scrum crew development software program with .NET applied sciences, this is often the e-book for you. while you're utilizing Java, this ebook is compelling adequate to learn besides, and perhaps worthy switching to .NET.

When we devised and signed the Agile Manifesto in 2001, our first worth was once “Individuals and interactions over methods and tools.” good, we've got the strategies and instruments nailed for the Microsoft surroundings. In Sam’s publication, we now have anything builders, who're additionally humans, can use to appreciate the procedure and cost of the approaches and instruments. Now the quite labor, humans. After two decades of being taken care of as assets, changing into dependable, artistic, liable humans is tough. Our first problem may be the those that deal with the builders. they can use the metrics from the VS 2010 tooling to micro-manage the approaches and builders, squeezing the final little bit of creativity out and leaving Agility flat. Or, they can use the metrics from the instruments to appreciate the demanding situations dealing with the builders. they can then trainer and make them a greater, extra artistic and effective position. this can be the problem of any device. it can be very good, yet the way it is used will confirm its success.

Thanks for the ebook, Sam.

Praise for Agile software program Engineering with visible Studio
“Agile dominates tasks more and more from IT to product and company improvement, and Sam Guckenheimer and Neno Loje offer pragmatic context for clients looking readability and specifics with this booklet. Their wisdom of previous historical past and present perform, mixed with acuity and information about visible Studio’s agile functions, permit an actual route to execution. but their voice and recommendation stay non-dogmatic and clever. Their examples are transparent and correct, permitting a precious point of view to these looking a vast and deep historic heritage in addition to a definitive knowing of ways during which visible Studio can include agile approaches.”
—Melinda Ballou, application Director, program Lifecycle administration and government concepts carrier, overseas facts company (IDC)

“Sam Guckenheimer and Neno Loje have forgotten extra approximately software program improvement tactics than such a lot improvement ‘gurus’ ever knew, and that’s a superb factor! In Agile software program Engineering with visible Studio, Sam and Neno distill the essence of years of hard-won adventure and enormous quantities of pages of method concept into what fairly matters—the concepts that prime functionality software program groups use to get stuff performed. through combining those severe concepts with examples of ways they paintings in visible Studio, they created a de-facto consumer consultant that no visible Studio developer could be without.”
—Jeffrey Hammond, central Analyst, Forrester Research

“If you use Microsoft’s staff beginning Server and are contemplating Agile tasks, this article will provide you with a valid origin of the rules in the back of its agile template and the alternatives it is very important make. The insights from Microsoft’s personal event in adopting agile support illustrate demanding situations with scale and the problems past natural performance workforce must care for. This publication pulls jointly into one place a large set of information and practices to create a superb starting place to steer the selections and potent transition, and should be a necessary addition to any group manager’s bookshelf.”
—Thomas Murphy, examine Director, Gartner

“This e-book offers software program practices you might want to are looking to enforce in your workforce and the instruments on hand to take action. It paints an image of ways firstclass groups can paintings, and in my view, is a needs to learn for an individual concerned with software program improvement. it is going to be crucial analyzing for all our consultants.”
—Claude Remillard, President, InCycle

“This e-book is the suitable device for groups and organisations enforcing agile practices utilizing Microsoft’s program Lifecycle administration platform. It proves disciplined engineering and agility should not at odds; each one wishes the opposite to be really effective.”
—David Starr,

“Sam Guckenheimer and Neno Loje have written a truly useful ebook on how Agile groups can optimize their practices with visible Studio. It describes not just how Agile and visible Studio paintings, but additionally the incentive and context for lots of of the services supplied within the platform. while you are utilizing Agile and visible Studio, this e-book can be a required learn for everybody at the staff. while you are now not utilizing Agile or visible Studio, then examining this ebook will describe a spot that maybe you must get to together with your strategy and tools.”
—Dave West, Analyst, Forrester Research

“Sam Guckenheimer and Neno Loje are top specialists on agile tools and visible Studio. The publication you're conserving on your hand is the authoritative solution to carry those applied sciences jointly. when you are a visible Studio consumer doing agile, this booklet is a needs to read.”
—Dr. James A. Whittaker, software program Engineering Director Google

“Agile improvement practices are a middle a part of smooth software program improvement. Drawing from our personal classes in adopting agile practices at Microsoft, Sam Guckenheimer and Neno Loje ...

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Measurable—Can the outcome be measured? • Achievable—Can the outcome reasonably be accomplished? • Relevant—Does the outcome support the vision? • Time boxed—How long will it take to achieve the objective? Without detailing who-says-what-when, the sponsor, customer, and users (Sam, Cathy, Mary, Harry, and Cary) usually propose objectives. If Debbie and Tom (the developer/tester units) think that an objective is not achievable within the time box, the objective misses the “A” part of SMART. The measurement or the time box has to be changed so that the objective is agreed upon, or the The Charter objective has to be dropped.

Cucumber can be found in [Chelimsky01]. 01 Excellent 5% Now when the table is used as a test, the Fit/FitNesse framework executes code that connects to the Discount Calculator. It gives the Discount Calculator the values in Item Total and Customer Rating. The Discount Calculator returns the Discount Percentage. The framework compares the returned value to the value in the table. If it agrees, the column shows up in green. If it does not, it shows up in red. The colors cannot be seen in this black-and-white book.

Objectives • Within two months after project initiation, clerks will spend 50% less time per transaction on both CD check-outs and returns. • Within three months after project initiation, customers will be able to reserve CDs prior to renting them. Principles • Customer satisfaction is of primary importance. • Clerk convenience is secondary. 2 In two months, the time will be measured again. If the second measurement is not 50% less than the first measurement, the test has failed and the objective has not been met.

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