ALM in Action
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How SSW improved ALM process in China
Lei Xu and Dan Zhang, worked for CMHIT to improve their ALM process. They successfully:
- Consolidated 3 process templates into one
- Extensively customized their TFS 2015 process template
- Deployed a high availability TFS 2015 platform (SQL Always On, 2 App-Tier for TFS, 2 App-Tier for SharePoint, 2 App Tier Project Server)
- Performance Testing
- SQL Reporting Customization
- Adopting Automated Testing and migration (from MicroFocus Test Partner) to Microsoft Test Manager
CMHIT is a large Chinese based company. They are an information technology solution provider specializing in the port, terminal and logistics industry. The Company provides customers with high-quality products and services with their practical experiences in marine logistics IT service.
SSW has been developing software since 1990, and has perfected the art of delivering shippable code on budget and on time using Agile techniques.
We use Microsoft's Visual Studio ALM tools (was Visual Studio Team System) to provide the backbone for delivering software continuously. SSW can help you leverage the power of these tools to make your developers, testers and analysts work efficiently together. We also use TFS (and a dash of Octopus Deploy) to fix your deployments and improve your testing lifecycle.
In our experience the adoption of ALM occurs through a number of stages. Each stage adds another level of software maturity.
Source Control is a fundamental part of modern software development. Whether you
have one developer or hundreds it is imperative that you can protect your code from
mistakes and loss. TFS provides this with a comprehensive version control and branching
system that stores all of its data in SQL Server. More about Source control and Branching...
Getting your process right could be the difference between a successful project
and one endlessly spinning its wheels. When your project is in trouble your customers
become unhappy and costs can spiral out of control. However an efficient process
can help your team work together efficiently and produce that shippable unit of
work you are looking for. More about Project and Process Management...
Low quality software costs the economy billions annually. This is due to poor productivity
and wasted resources. There is no single silver bullet, but organizations can help
themselves by using tools and processes that give themselves the best chance of
project success. SSW can help you implement an effective team development strategy
to maximize your development team's productivity. More about Building Quality Applications...
Quality Assurance test professionals have two key goals: to validate the quality
of an application and improve software. Yet testers often seem like an island apart
from the rest of your team. To be effective, their work should be integrated in
the same ALM processes and communication workflows as everyone else. They need to
collaborate closely with developers and provide the rich information needed to resolve
bugs fast. They also need to communicate their progress to non-technical stakeholders
with easy-to-understand reports. More about
Test and Quality Assurance...
Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 Team Foundation Server (TFS) is a team collaboration
platform that combines team portal, version control, work-item tracking, build management,
process guidance, and business intelligence into a unified server.
- TFS is free if you have an MSDN Subscription, WebSpark or DreamSpark
- TFS can be used with SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2012 Express.
If you are a SourceSafe user, you know VSS is an easy-to-install and easy-to-use
source control system. TFS gives you a much more powerful system including not only
version control but also work item tracking and build support.
TFS Is available in 3 editions to suit any size or scale of development team. SSW can assist in migrating between any of these editions.
Team Foundation Server 2017 Express (previously TFS Basic)
This free edition supports up to 5 developers and provides all the essential lifecycle management features such as source control, work item tracking and build automation.
Team Foundation Server 2017
The full on-premise edition of TFS giving you full features and complete control of your platform and data.
Team Foundation Service
This cloud-based edition of TFS is free for up to 5 users or anyone with the following MSDN subscriptions:
- Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN
- Visual Studio Premium with MSDN
- Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN
This is great choice for anyone looking to leverage the full power of TFS without the need to provision your own servers.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 can come with the following flavours of MSDN:
- Visual Studio Pro 2017 with MSDN
- Visual Studio Test Pro 2017 with MSDN
- Visual Studio Premium 2017 with MSDN
- Visual Studio Ultimate 2017 with MSDN
All of these include a TFS CAL. For "Backlog Management" and "Sprint Review" features you need "Visual Studio Test Pro 2017 with MSDN" or higher
Visual Studio 2017 Lab Management is an integrated solution to give you all the benefits of virtualization for application lifecycle management. It extends the existing VS ALM platform to enable an integrated Hyper-V based test lab, allowing you to automate your testing process, on a variety of environments that can be setup to your needs.
- Figure: Using Lab Management in TFS 2017 you can automate your testing process
With the addition of Visual Studio 2017 Team Explorer Everywhere you can now connect most development platforms to TFS 2017.
"We had Adam Cogan in at Vertigo who delivered great TFS 2010 training. TFS is a very powerful product that can make your software organization immensely more efficient. To get the best out of it, training and implementation is best left to experts. SSW certainly has such experts."
Scott Stanfield, CEO of Vertigo Software, Inc.
"We had Adam Cogan and Martin Hinshelwood as TFS insiders. They had access to early builds of TFS 2010 and gave lots of feedback to make the product better. TFS 2010 is our best version yet and software teams step up to the next level if they use it well. I recommend Adam and his team for training and implementation."
Brian Harry, TFS Product Unit Manager
"While many people have ideas for process improvements, it’s usually best done by those who have done it before. Having worked in one organization that Mark Hetherington transformed with a thoughtful implementation of JIRA, I sought out his help for another. Twice proven, I cannot recommend Mark enough."
Andrew Skinner, Tilefile Limited (Sydney) and Inago Inc. (Tokyo)
Related services offered by SSW
- Implement TFS 2017
- Branching Consulting
- Migrate/upgrade from TFS 2005/2008/2010/2012/2013 to TFS 2017
- Migrate/upgrade from TFS 2015 to TFS 2017
- TFS Integration Platform
How many developers do I need before I need TFS?
The short answer is: one. Whether you have one developer or thousands, TFS will
scale to your needs with an excellent pricing model that competes with VSS. If you
already have MSDN, you can use it with no extra cost.
I use free Open Source products so I don't need TFS, do I?
If you add up the cost of managing and maintaining the many products that you use
to provide a similar solution I think you would be shocked. Usually it is your developers
who absorb this cost making it difficult to quantify. With TFS all your support
comes from one company and with prices starting from free (with MSDN) and unmatched
scalability there really are no competitors up to the job.
Migrating and Syncing
We can migrate the entire collection or just selected projects and for that we use various tools. Our preference is to migrate your source code including full history to a Git repository in Visual Studio Team Service (VSTS). We also preserve the Work Item history and links between source code and Work Items.
Note: Note: Microsoft is building a tool that will prepare your TFS collection for import to VSTS.
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