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Sam Guckenheimer, Product Owner for the Microsoft Visual Studio product line strategy, acts as chief customer advocate, responsible for end-to-end external design of new Visual Studio releases. He has 30 years’ experience as software architect, developer, tester, product manager, project manager, and executive. Before joining Microsoft, he was Director of Product Line Strategy at Rational Software Corporation, now the Rational Division of IBM. He holds  five patents on software lifecycle tools, is a frequent conference speaker, and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard.  Neno Loje has been an independent Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) consultant and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) specialist for seven years, helping many companies establish team environments and development processes with Visual Studio.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good info on Agile methodology in VS/TFS context, interesting reading about MS own experience. 17 Mar. 2013
By SM - Published on Amazon.com
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Few words about myself: I’m a systems architect, specializing on MS solutions: .NET, C#, SQL Server. Recently I became interested in TFS 2012 as a platform for ALM, and I had to start pretty much from zero as I had no prior experience with TFS or any other ALM solution. I purchased this book as a starting point of TFS research, and I’m glad I did. It gave me a good starting point, an overview of Agile, Scrum, some interesting history of MS using the tool and the methodology. Perhaps I should mention something very obvious: the book specifically describes MS in-house experience in project management, and while it is very interesting, this is not what you or I may be doing for living. So what works for MS may or may not work for us. I think it should be expected from any book to give you an information, and then you should filter that information through your critical thinking, your life experience and your needs. I strongly disagreed with a few author’s opinions (like allowing teams to come up with their own architectures and eliminating a top system architect in principal), but that by no means diminish the book’s value. I think the author honestly produced a content matching the book title, you get exactly what the book says, it’s written in an easy to comprehend language, and that’s why I give the book five stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scrum with TFS 2012 book to have on your shelf 18 Dec. 2012
By Tad Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I own the first two versions of this book and was looking forward to the third version. There was a lot of change between the first and second editions, but this third edition does not have that much new material. The authors let you know in the preface that the major update to this version of the book is that it has been updated for Visual Studio 2012. My personal preference is to always have the latest edition.

I would say if you want to get familiar with doing Scrum with TFS this is the book you want. It really does not cover the other templates at all. I am not saying that is bad, but when I read the second edition of the book it is not what I expected or wanted. I already had read enough on Scrum to last me a lifetime. I wanted to see more on the other templates.

All that said, if you have not had the opportunity to get familiar with Scrum this is a great place to get started, especially if you use TFS.

The book starts out with an introduction to agile, Scrum, and Visual Studio. It then digs into Scrum and TFS with chapters on Product Ownership, Running the Sprint, Architecture, Development, Build and Lab, Test, Lessons Learned at Microsoft Developer Division, and Continuous Feedback.

My favorite chapters are Development, Build and Lab, and Test. The author did a great job of showing all the different features available in TFS and Visual Studio that enable continuous integration, automating testing, and detecting programming errors early. The chapters go into enough detail to give you a really good understanding of the tools available and when to use them.

The architecture chapter did a good job of showing how to take advantage of the tools in Visual Studio for reverse engineering existing applications. It does not however show you how to use them to architect an application. Instead the author plays the "Emerging Architecture" trump card, and writes it off to it not being needed in agile processes. I guess this is ok, because the tools in Visual Studio are not ready for prime time when it comes to designing an Architecture. They are however awesome for reverse engineering an application, especially with the new Code Maps. I wholly disagree with the "Emerging Architecture" agile approach and believe it contributes to most of the messes that come out of teams claiming to be agile, but I won't ding the book for it since it is after all what agile prescribes.

Personally I think the book should have been titled "Developing with Visual Studio and TFS using the Scrum Template". That is not a bad thing if that is what you want. The book is well written and an easy read. I think is does what it sets out to do and it does it well. It is a top notch book.

I highly recommend it to anyone looking to learn Scrum and wants to use the TFS toolset to enable your team to accomplish your mission. I liked the book enough to get the third version even though I knew there were not that many changes. If you are using TFS and the Scrum template this is the book you must have on your shelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 17 Oct. 2013
By Loring Chadwick - Published on Amazon.com
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Just starting to use TFS. This is a great reference to understand the thoughts behind TFS. I enjoyed this quick read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Instructive book on agile software practices 14 April 2013
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This book adresses the values and priniciples of agile software development in the context of development with Visual Studio. It is very instructive in agile software practices in general and how these are supported by tools in Visual Studio. It is also very interesting to learn how Microsoft has implemented agile processes in the Developer Division and how this has been used to further enhance Visual Studio. I recommned the book to everyone interesting i agile software development.
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, clear and helpful 13 July 2013
By Kreso Jurisic - Published on Amazon.com
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For those who want to utilize more from TFS 2012 then just version control this book is – must read. It goes through features of TFS 2012 with enough information that you can fully understand how and when to use each of them.
Book also contains some experiences from Microsoft Dev department about implementing Application Lifecycle management that I’ve found interesting.
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