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Managing Agile projects using VSTS

ALMP | 3 Days | Intermediate | Project Managers, Scrum Masters, Business Analysts

This 3-day course provides Project Managers, Scrum masters and Team leads the essential skills required to effectively manage a software development project using Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) or Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS).

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This 3-day course provides Project Managers, Scrum masters and Team leads the essential skills required to effectively manage a software development project using Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) or Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS).

This course focuses on Agile methodologies and includes discussions and content focused on both Scrum and Kanban practises.

In this course, attendees will plan a new software development project and go through the steps to initiate the project using Visual Studio. This includes recording requirements, creating a product backlog and estimating effort for backlog items. We’ll cover planning and running a sprint as well as using the taskboard and burndown chart to track progress.

The course also covers using storyboards to prototype experiences, requesting stakeholder feedback, team collaboration and reporting. The final two modules of the course provide an overview of how testers and developers can work effectively using appropriate tools in the Visual Studio family.

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. All Scrum content adheres to the latest version of the official Scrum Guide and provides helpful preparation for anyone considering gaining Scrum certification.

If you have more than 5 people to train it can be more cost effective to have Martin come onsite and deliver a private course just for you. You can request a private course to be delivered onsite at your offices.

Schedule of Managing Agile projects using VSTS classes

You can view our full list of training classes as well as our specialist Scrum & Agile Courses from as well as our DevOps & ALM Courses from and Accentient.

We have a number of public classes upcomming in the next few months on our Training Schedule that might be of intereste

Learn more than you ever have before

At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to;
  • Describe the full feature-set of Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management suite
  • Understand how Work Item Tracking (WIT) can be used across the entire team
  • Create custom work item queries and work item charts
  • Use a variety of client tools to interact with team members
  • Initiate a new Team Project in either VSTS or TFS
  • Enter requirements into Visual Studio Team Services or Team Foundation Server including storyboards to illustrate requirements and experiences
  • Use the Kanban board to work with the Product Backlog
  • Record estimates in your requirement types
  • Plan and run a sprint including tracking progress using taskboards and burndown charts
  • Understand a number of the quality indicators available
  • Use dashboards to view appropriate groups of reports
  • Record team capacity and monitor a team’s velocity
  • Capture quality feedback from stakeholders
  • Configure alerts and notifications for team members
  • Understand the out of the box reports and what they can tell us about our project

This course is for you if…

This course is designed for Project Managers, Scrum masters, Business Analysts and team leaders looking to effectively manage their development projects using either VSTS or TFS.

Before coming to the course

Attendees should have some familiarity with Visual Studio and the basic use of VSTS/TFS.

Assessment and certification

Why Martin Hinshelwood & naked Agility

Martin Hinshelwood is the Founder/CEO of naked Agility Limited and has been their Principal Consultant and Trainer on DevOps & Agility for four years. Martin is a Professional Scrum Trainer, Microsoft MVP: Visual Studio and Development Technologies, and has been Consulting, Coaching, and Training in DevOps & Agility with Visual Studio, Azure, Team Services, and Scrum since 2010 and has been delivering software since 2000.

Martin is available for private consulting and training worldwide and has many public classes across the globe. courses

For our ALM Training courses we try to maintain thme with the latest and last version of TFS & VSTS. We can discuss trainings on older versions as well as helping you upgrade prioior to training.

  • Team Foundation Server 2013 [depricated]
  • Team Foundation Server 2015 [depricated]
  • Team Foundation Server 2017 [new]
  • Visual Studio Team Services (Was Visual Studio Online)

Note: Remeber that there is is only a loose relationship between TFS and Visual Studio. You can use Visual Studio 2012 with TFS 2017.

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Module 1 – Introducing the Microsoft Visual Studio family
  • What’s new in Visual Studio
  • Overview of the Visual Studio family
  • Overview of product features
  • A lap around Visual Studio Team Services
  • Project workflow across the Visual Studio suite of products
Module 2 – Initiating a new project
  • Organising projects in TFS or VSTS
  • Understanding Process Templates
  • Creating a new Team Project
  • Setting Team Project properties
  • Switching between Team Projects
Module 3 – Work Item primer
  • Overview of Work Items
  • Traceability between work items
  • Creating custom queries
  • Work item charting and pinning charts
  • Work item tagging
  • Configuring project alerts and notifications
Module 4 – Creating our Product Backlog
  • Examining Requirement types
  • Creating backlog items
  • Creating requirement hierarchies using features
  • The importance of acceptance criteria
Module 5 – Agile Estimation
  • Introduction to Estimation
  • Using Story Points
  • Planning Poker and other popular estimation techniques
  • Adding your estimates to TFS Work Items
Module 6 – Working from the Product Backlog
  • Introducing the Kanban board
  • Entering and editing details on the Kanban board
  • Customising columns including using split columns and limiting WIP
  • Recording our Definition of Done (DoD)
  • Understanding the Cumulative Flow Diagram
Module 7 – Working in sprints
  • Specifying your sprint schedule and your team capacity
  • Selecting items for the sprint backlog using forecasting
  • Decomposing requirements into Tasks
  • Using Burndown charts to track progress
  • Monitoring work using the taskboard
  • Working with unparented work items
Module 8 – Retrospectives
  • The importance of retrospectives
  • Conducting an efficient sprint retrospective
  • What you should avoid in your retrospective
Module 9 – Working with TFS Teams
  • Configuring Teams in our Team Project
  • Managing work from a master backlog
  • Allocating work to our teams
  • Configuring iterations for TFS Teams
Module 10 – Enhancing requirements using Storyboards
  • Overview of Storyboarding capabilities
  • Creating a storyboard to illustrate a requirement
  • Linking a storyboard to a work item
Module 11 – Getting stakeholder feedback
  • Introducing the Microsoft Feedback Client
  • Using the Microsoft Feedback Client to provide rich feedback to the team
  • Adding continuous feedback into your workflow
Module 12 – Fostering team collaboration
  • An overview of the various clients
  • The use of email in sharing information
  • Using the Team Room
  • Choosing the appropriate client tool
Module 13 – Creating and customising reports
  • Overview of Reporting Architecture
  • Reviewing the out of the box reports
  • Adding new reports
  • Creating ad-hoc reports using Excel
Module 14 – Overview of Agile Testing
  • The role of the tester in a Sprint Planning Meeting
  • A lap around web based test management
  • Creating a test plan
  • Creating manual test cases from requirements
Module 15 – Overview of Agile Development
  • Using My work to select tasks from the sprint backlog
  • Understanding the value of linking changesets to work items
  • The importance of unit testing
  • Creating a continuous integration build

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