Pro Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012, Second Edition

  • 8h 43m
  • Joachim Rossberg
  • Apress
  • 2012

You can have the best coders in the world working in your teams, but if your project management isn’t up to scratch, your project is almost certain to be delayed, to come in over budget, and in some cases to fail entirely. By taking precise control of your application development process, you can make changes, both large and small, throughout your project’s life cycle that will lead to better–quality finished products that are consistently delivered on time and within budget.

Application lifecycle management (ALM) is an area of rapidly growing interest within the development community. Because its techniques allow you to deal with the process of developing applications across many areas of responsibility and across many different disciplines, its effects on your project can be wide ranging and pronounced. It is a project management tool that has practical implications for the whole team—from architects to designers, from developers to testers.

Pro Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio focuses on the most powerful ALM tool available for the Microsoft .NET Framework: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. It demonstrates the key concepts and techniques of ALM at first with a guide to the overall methodology, and then delves into architecture and testing--illustrating all of the concepts, tips and tricks using the tools TFS provides. The book serves as a complete guide to the ALM style--with no fluff and many relevant code samples and examples.

After reading the book, you will understand how TFS can be used to generate continuous meaningful reporting on your project’s health for the decision makers on your team as well as for your project’s sponsors.

What you’ll learn

  • What ALM is and what it can do for you
  • How to achieve traceability in your projects
  • How to improve your development process
  • Why TFS is so much more than just a version control tool
  • The new features in TFS that help encourage ALM best practices, especially within Metro and .NET 4.5 applications
  • What the importance of well–designed and well–defined processes is and how to implement these things

About the Author

Joachim Rossberg has worked as an information technology consultant since 1998. He is primarily a project manager but has an extensive history as a system developer/designer. He has demonstrated his technical background with various achievements over the years: MCSD, MCDBA, MCSA, and MCSE. His specialties include project management, operating systems, SQL Server, Visual Basic, and Visual Studio. Joachim is now working for Know IT Consulting in Gothenburg, Sweden.

In this Book

  • Why Application Lifecycle Management Matters
  • Introduction to Application Lifecycle Management
  • Development Processes and Frameworks
  • ALM Assessments
  • ALM Using TFS
  • Introduction to Agile
  • Work Item Tracking and Process Customization
  • Agile Project Management with TFS
  • Metrics and ALM Assessment for Agile Project Management
  • Prototyping Using Storyboarding and Feedback Tracking
  • Top Down Design Studies (UML)
  • Using Architecture Explorer
  • Using Layer Diagrams
  • Metrics and ALM Assessment for Architecture, Analysis and Design
  • Version Control
  • Unit Testing
  • Code Quality
  • Performance and Profiling
  • Metrics and ALM Assessment for Developer Practices
  • Overview of Software Testing
  • Manual Testing
  • Automated Testing
  • Visual Studio Lab Management
  • Metrics and ALM Assessment for Software Testing
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Build Automation
  • Deployment
  • Release Management
  • Metrics and ALM Assessment
  • Architecture and Implementation Planning
  • TFS Installation, Upgrade, and Administration
  • TFS Reporting
  • Working in Heterogeneous Environments
  • TFS in the Cloud