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TFS Development: More ALM Capabilities in vNext

May 24th, 2011

Microsoft introduced the enhanced ALM features of the next Visual Studio release (vNext) at its Tech-Ed conference. The strategy of the ALM offering focuses on helping TFS developers, testers, and project managers collaborate in very tightly integrated ways. TFS development emphasizes the actionable feedback, diverse work styles, and transparent agile process to cover the entire cycle of creating apps.

Cameron Skinner, general manager of Visual Studio Ultimate, provided an overview of vNext ALM features that will include the following:

    • PowerPoint Storyboard Assistant tool that addresses issues of miscommunications between stakeholders and TFS development teams. It lets teams use the familiar presentation tool to imitate a user interface and allows customers to visually participate in setting user requirements.
    • Dealing with Agile components via the TFS Web portal. The TFS Web portal gives a rich view into the current backlogs and their priorities. You can manipulate TFS work items in real time just by dragging and dropping the priorities.
    • A new unit testing framework is aimed at making it as easy as possible to use different testing frameworks in one workflow.
    • Context management, such as saving and retrieving the “state” of a VS project, so it can be captured with the click of a Suspend button and then brought back up with the same files, breakpoints, window positions, and so on.
    • A new Taskboard feature added to the TFS dashboard. It gives an integrated view into work and time estimates, assignments, approvals, completed projects, and more.
    • Code clone analysis allows searching for similar code in projects. Users can select different levels of matching, such as exact, strong, medium, and weak.

Visual Studio vNext is another major step in TFS development to cover the lifecycle. These features are aimed at bringing the team together by creating trustworthy bridges that improve the flow of information across the entire team, eliminating the most common risks.

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