Hands-on Azure Boards: Configuring and Customizing Process Workflows in Azure DevOps Services

  • 2h 39m
  • Chaminda Chandrasekara, Pushpa Herath
  • Apress
  • 2019

Understand and explore the features and management of Azure Boards with this book, which also covers Azure Boards configuration and advanced administration. This book starts by setting up projects with Azure DevOps and gives an overview of Azure Boards and its features. You will then learn to set up team projects and how to effectively use Azure Boards to plan and execute work.

Hands-on Azure Boards explains customizations, where you will understand the available options to track your work considering different scenarios. Next, you will learn visualizing with queries, charts, and dashboards along with reporting of Azure Boards. The author gives you hands-on lessons to set up Azure Boards and shows you how to handle multiple modules that are taken care of by different teams.

You will also explore the security options in Azure Boards as well as a detailed demonstration of working with the REST API and CLI. Finally, you will work with useful extensions for Azure Boards and see how to use them more effectively and efficiently. After reading this book, you will be able to work with the Azure Boards capabilities available in Azure DevOps on-premise server and services to improve your software delivery process.

What You Will Learn

  • Plan and manage work with Azure Boards
  • Use the REST API and command line interface with Azure Boards
  • Extend Azure Boards with useful extensions to enhance its capabilities
  • Customize Azure Boards to adapt it to your process
  • Report and visualize work progress with Azure Boards

Who This Book Is For

Anyone working in Azure DevOps developing applications targeting any platform using any language.

About the Authors

Chaminda is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Visual Studio ALM and Scrum Alliance Certified ScrumMaster®, and focuses on and believes in continuous improvement of the software development lifecycle. He works as a Senior Engineer - DevOps at Xameriners, Singapore. Chaminda is an active Microsoft Community Contributor (MCC) who is well recognized for his contributions in Microsoft forums, TechNet galleries, wikis, and Stack Overflow and he contributes extensions to Azure DevOps Server and Services (former VSTS/TFS) in the Microsoft Visual Studio Marketplace. He also contributes to other open source projects in GitHub. Chaminda has published three books with Apress and he blogs at https://chamindac.blogspot.com/.

Pushpa is a DevOps Engineer at Datavail Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. She is an author, blogger and speaker in public technical events who has many years of experience in administering, configuring and coaching Azure DevOps and Test Automation engineering. Pushpa blogs on technology at https://devopsadventure.blogspot.com/. Pushpa has experience with Microsoft tools (C#, Azure DevOps, SQL Server, and Azure Platform Services) and other DevOps tools (Octopus, Jira, Jenkins). She has published a book with Apress.

In this Book

  • Getting Started with Azure Boards
  • Setting Up a Team Project
  • Working with Backlogs and Boards
  • Work Item Notifications, Tags, and Customization
  • Customizing the Process
  • Visualizing and Reporting in Azure Boards
  • Handling a Large Team in a Team Project
  • Azure DevOps Security Options
  • Working with REST APIs and the CLI
  • Using Extensions with Azure Boards and Linking with GitHub


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