Welcome to Visual Studio 2012 ALM Rangers Readiness RC “Wave”


JasonZ announced the Visual Studio 2012 RC, which triggered a SIMultaneous-SHIPping event for the Visual Studio ALM Rangers.

// updated 2012/06/15 – v2 CodedUI Add-In has shipped!


I am happy to announce that the Visual Studio 11 ALM Rangers Readiness RC “Gig” solutions are now available for download from CodePlex as listed below:


Solutions that have shipped:

image Practical Kanban Guide
Using Kanban in Team Foundation Server
image Practical Ruck Guide
The Visual Studio ALM Rangers Ruck process.
image Team Foundation Server Planning Guide
Implementation planning of Team Foundation Server.

Team Foundation Server Process Template Customization Guide
Work Item Tracking (WIT) and Process Template customizations.

image Team Foundation Build Customization Guide (Guidance)
Includes hands-on lab guidance for the customization, deployment of Team Foundation Build.
image Team Foundation Server Upgrade Guide
Upgrade scenarios and post-upgrade issues for Team Foundation Server and associated technologies.
image Team Foundation Service Practical Guide
Whitepapers and articles on using the Team Foundation Service built on Windows Azure, and its use by the Visual Studio ALM Rangers.
image Test Release Management Guide
Guidance and tooling to support scenarios for test case and test plan release management, including reporting and base-lining: sprint to sprint, release to release, and moving a feature through the branching guidelines scenarios.
image Visual Studio ALM Rangers Personas and Scenarios
Common definition of personas and scenarios used in Visual Studio ALM Rangers guidance.

// 2012/06/15 – v2 Shipped
Visual Studio Coded UI Microsoft Word Plug-in
Guidance and tooling for the Visual Studio Coded UI Microsoft Word Plug-in, which extends the Coded UI feature support to Microsoft Word documents.

image Visual Studio Test Tooling Guide
A range of test tooling practical and scenario based guidance.
image Visual Studio Lab Management Guide
Visual Studio Lab Management, backed by VM Factory automation.
image Visual Studio Quick Reference Guide
An overview of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server in the form of compact, quick reference sheets. Users who are unfamiliar with Visual Studio get a “quick” overview of features, value and associated Rangers guidance.
image Visual Studio Architecture Tooling Guide
Focuses on modeling tools and includes understanding and reverse engineering an existing application or starting a new application from scratch.
image VM Factory Guide
Guidance and a reference implementation of a software solution that automates the creation of Microsoft environments, in particular Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.

Solutions that will ship shortly:

image Branching and Merging Guide
Branching and merging strategies on Team Foundation Server.
image Team Foundation Build Customization Guide (BRD Lite)
Build-Release-Deploy (BRD) reference template, also known as BRDLite.
<hr />    <h4>The Team</h4>  <p><font size="2">None of this would have been possible without a dream team, made up of contributors and reviewers from all over the world, as well as phenomenal product owners from the product group.</font></p>  <p><font size="2">Our <strong>product owners</strong> … <em>Aaron Bjork, Anutthara Bharadwaj, Bijan Javidi, Bill Essary, Ed Holloway, Ewald Hofman, Gregg Boer, Jean-Marc Prieur, Jim Lamb, Kerry Gates, Mario Rodriguez, Mathew Aniyan, Matthew Mitrik, Siddharth Bhatia and Vijay Machiraju</em>.</font></p>  <p><font size="2">Our <strong>project leads</strong> … <em>Adam Gilmore, Bijan Javidi, Bill Heys, Bob Hardister, Brian Blackman, Charles Sterling, Chris Burrows, Ethem Azun, Francisco Xavier Fagas Albarracin, John M. Jacob (JJ), Joseph Donnelly, Mario Contreras, Mathias Olausson, Micheal Learned, Mike Fourie, Paul Meyer, Pierre Donyegro, Pramod Vasanth, Richard Albrecht, Richard Fennell, Rob Jarratt, Rui Melo, Tony Whitter and Willy-Peter Schaub.</em></font></p>  <p><font size="2">Our<strong> team members </strong>… <em>Aaron Bjork, Adam Gilmore, Alexander Vanwynsberghe, André Dias, Anil Chandra Lingam, Anutthara Bharadwaj, Bijan Javidi, Bill Essary, Bill Heys, Bob Hardister, Bob Leithiser, Brandon Hawbaker, Brian Blackman, Brian Minisi, Caroline Williams, Carsten Düllmann, Casey O'Mara, Cesar Solis Brito, Charles Sterling, Chris Burrows, Christian Nielsen, Christofer Löf, Cláudio Bernardo Leite B. R. da Silva, Clementino Mendonca, Daniel Oliveira, Danny Crone, David Corbin, David Hay, David Scruggs, Dennis Bass, Ed Holloway, Enrico Antonacci, Erwyn van der Meer, Esteban Garcia, Ethem Azun, Ewald Hofman, Fabio Stawinski, Francisco Xavier Fagas Albarracin, Gence Soysal, Giulio Vian, Grant Holliday, Gregg Boer, Harish Reddy Kothapalli, Hassan Fadili, Hosam Kamel, Jahangeer Mohammed, Jakob Ehn, Jean-Marc Prieur, Jeff Bramwell, Jelle Druyts, Jens Suessmeyer, Jim Lamb, Jim Szubryt, John Bergman, John M. Jacob (JJ), John Spinella, Jon Guerin, Joseph Abukhader, Joseph Donnelly, Kerry Gates, Kris Lankford, Krithika Sambamoorthy, Kurt Crowley, Lennart Jansson, Leonard S. Woody III, Manish Ahuja, Mario Contreras, Mario Rodriguez, Mark Nichols, Martin Kulov, Mathew Aniyan, Mathias Olausson, Matthew Mitrik, Mattias Sköld, Micheal Learned, Mike Abrahamson, Mike Douglas, Mike Fourie, Mike Schimmel, Neno Loje, Nico Orschel,</em> <em>Ognjen Bajic, Oliver Hilgers, Olivier Dupont, Patricia Wagner, Paul Meyer, Petr Moravek, Philip Haugaard, Pierre Donyegro, Pieter Gheysens, Pramod Vasanth, Prasanna Ramkumar, Raul Guerrero , Rex Tang, Richard Albrecht, Richard Fennell, Richard Florance, Rob Jarratt, Rob Maher, Robert Bernstein, Robert MacLean, Roy Robertson, Rui Melo, Ryan Frazier, Siddharth Bhatia, Silfarney Wallace, Stefan Mieth, Stephen Godbold, Stuart Preston, Sven Hubert, Taavi Koosaar, Thomas Isler, Thomas Schissler, Tiago Pascoal, Tim Omta, Tim Star, Tina Erwee, Tony Feissle, Tony Whitter, Vijay Machiraju, Vladimir Gusarov, William Bartholomew, William H. Salazar and Willy-Peter Schaub</em>.</font></p>  <hr />  <h4>Related Links </h4>  <blockquote>   <p><font size="2"><b>Getting Started</b></font></p>    <ul>     <li><a href="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=240160"><font size="2">Visual Studio 2012 RC Product Website</font></a> </li>      <li><a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio"><font size="2">Visual Studio Developer Center</font></a> </li>      <li><a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ee358787#VS2011"><font size="2">Visual Studio ALM Rangers solutions page</font></a> </li>      <li><a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/netframework/hh854779.aspx"><font size="2">.NET Framework Developer Center</font></a> </li>      <li><a href="http://dev.windows.com/"><font size="2">Windows Dev Center</font></a> </li>   </ul>    <p><font size="2"><b>Downloads</b><b></b></font></p>    <ul>     <li><font size="2"><a href="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=240162">Visual Studio 2012 RC, Team Foundation Server 2012 RC, and .NET Framework 4.5 RC</a></font> </li>      <li><font size="2"><a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/release-preview">Windows 8 Release Preview</a></font> </li>   </ul>    <p><b><font size="2">Blog Announcements:</font></b></p>    <ul>     <li><a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2012/05/31/visual-studio-2012-and-net-4-5-release-candidates-available-now.aspx">Somasegar's blog</a> </li>      <li><a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jasonz/archive/2012/05/31/announcing-the-release-candidate-rc-of-visual-studio-2012-and-net-framework-4-5.aspx">Jason Zander’s blog</a> </li>      <li><font size="2"><a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8">Windows 8 Release Preview</a></font> </li>      <li><font size="2"><a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsappdev/">What’s new for Win8 devs</a></font> </li>   </ul>    <p><strong><font size="2">Bugs</font></strong></p>    <ul>     <li><a href="http://connect.microsoft.com/visualstudio"><font size="2">Visual Studio</font></a><font size="2">, </font><a href="http://connect.microsoft.com/lightswitch"><font size="2">LightSwitch</font></a><font size="2">, or </font><a href="http://connect.microsoft.com/expression"><font size="2">Blend</font></a><font size="2"> Connect sites </font></li>   </ul>    <p><strong><font size="2">Questions</font></strong></p>    <ul>     <li><a href="http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/vsvnext"><font size="2">Visual Studio</font></a><font size="2"> or </font><a href="http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-us/category/windowsapps"><font size="2">Windows</font></a><font size="2"> forums</font> </li>   </ul> </blockquote>  <p><b></b></p>  <hr />  <h4>Send Feedback </h4> <b></b>  <p><font size="2">We can’t wait to hear from you, and learn more about your experience using the Beta. Here are some ways to connect with us:</font></p>  <ul>   <li><font size="2">Ask a question on the respective CodePlex discussion forums. </font></li>    <li><font size="2">Contact me on my </font><a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/willy-peter_schaub/contact.aspx"><font size="2">blog</font></a><font size="2">. </font></li>    <li><font size="2">Submit a suggestion on </font><a href="http://visualstudio.uservoice.com"><font size="2">UserVoice</font></a><font size="2">, using the <b>Rangers Project</b> category tag.         <br /></font><a href="http://visualstudio.uservoice.com"><font size="2"><img style="border-right-width: 0px;margin: 0px;padding-left: 0px;padding-right: 0px;border-top-width: 0px;border-bottom-width: 0px;border-left-width: 0px;padding-top: 0px" title="image2322" border="0" alt="image2322" src="https://devblogs.microsoft.com/devops/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2012/05/4064.image2322_4D6A7A82.png" width="240" height="52" /></font></a><a href="https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/133935-visual-studio-alm-rangers"><font size="2"><img style="border-right-width: 0px;padding-left: 0px;padding-right: 0px;border-top-width: 0px;border-bottom-width: 0px;border-left-width: 0px;padding-top: 0px" title="image2222" border="0" alt="image2222" src="https://devblogs.microsoft.com/devops/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2012/05/7624.image2222_6D19544A.png" width="240" height="52" /></font></a><font size="2"> </font></li> </ul>  <p><font size="2">Enjoy!</font></p>  <p><i><font size="2">Follow me at </font></i><a href="https://twitter.com/wpschaub"><i><font size="2">twitter.com/wpschaub</font></i></a><i><font size="2">.</font></i></p>