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  • The Modern AgileApplication Lifecycle Management

    Methodology & Tools

    Alon Fliess, Chief Architect

    http://[email protected]

    Modern ALM - Scrum & TFS1[email protected]

  • The Lecture Goal

    Introduce the Modern TFS based Agile (Scrum) ALM process in order to improve your application development method

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  • About CodeValue

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  • Agenda Introduction to Agile Methodologies

    Introduction to Scrum

    TFS Modern ALM Tool for Agile Teams

    The Scrum Process in TFS

    Best Practices

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  • Introduction to Agile Methodologies Individuals and interactions over processes and


    Working software over comprehensive documentation

    Customer collaboration over contract negotiation

    Responding to change over following a plan

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  • Twelve principles underlie the Agile Manifesto Customer satisfaction by rapid delivery of useful software

    Welcome changing requirements, even late in development

    Working software is delivered frequently (weeks rather than months)

    Working software is the principal measure of progress

    Sustainable development, able to maintain a constant pace

    Close, daily co-operation between business people and developers

    Face-to-face conversation is the best form of communication (co-location)

    Projects are built around motivated individuals, who should be trusted

    Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design

    Simplicity- The art of maximizing the amount of work not done - is essential

    Self-organizing teams

    Regular adaptation to changing circumstances

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  • Introduction to Scrum

    Scrum is a process implementation of Agile

    Developed early 1990s by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland

    First published on 1995

    Surpassed waterfall on 2008

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  • Scrum Principles Transparency

    The process must be visible

    Inspection Scrum users must frequently inspect Scrum artifacts and progress toward a

    goal to detect undesirable variances

    Adaptation If an issue is inspected the process must be adjusted

    An adjustment must be made as soon as possible to minimize further deviation

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  • Scrum Roles

    Scrum Master

    Product Owner

    Team (Dev & QA)

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    Other Stakeholders- Managers

    - Customers

    - External Users

  • The Scrum Team The Scrum Team consists of a Product Owner, the

    Development Team, and a Scrum Master

    The team model in Scrum is designed to optimize flexibility, creativity, and productivity

    The Product Owner is the sole person responsible for managing the Product Backlog

    The Scrum Master is responsible for ensuring Scrum is understood and enacted

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  • The Product Backlog The Product Backlog is an ordered list of everything that might be

    needed in the product It is the single source of requirements The Product Owner is responsible for the Product Backlog

    its content, availability, and ordering

    A Product Backlog is never complete It evolves as the product and the environment in which it will be used


    The Product Backlog lists all features, functions, requirements, enhancements, and fixes

    Product Backlog items have the attributes of a description, order, and estimate

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  • Sprint The Heart of Scrum Duration: a week, two, three or a month A Done, useable, and releasable product Increment is created A new Sprint starts immediately after the conclusion of the previous Sprint Sprints contain Sprint Planning Meeting, Daily Scrums, the development

    work, the Sprint Review, and the Sprint Retrospective During the Sprint:

    No changes are made that would affect the Sprint Goal Development Team composition remains constant Quality goals do not decrease

    Each Sprint has a definition of what is to be built Sprints enable predictability by ensuring inspection and adaptation of

    progress Sprints also limit risk to (max) one calendar month of cost

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    Ask for


    Stakeholder Gives Feedback




    a Sprint


    a Sprint

    Daily Cycles

    Manage the


    Deploy to


    Telling the


  • Scrum Process CycleScrum Basics

    Product Backlog


    Sprint Backlog



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  • Scrum MeetingsRelease Planning

    Plan the scope of a Release

    Sprint Planning Plan the scope of a Sprint in a Release

    Daily Meeting What did you do yesterday? What will you do today? Are there any impediments in your way?

    Sprint Review Reviewing what was done in the Sprint

    Sprint Retrospective What worked? What didn't work? What will we do differently?


  • Agile Analysis Lets begin by describing what agile analysis isnt:

    It isnt a phase in the lifecycle of your project

    It isnt a task on your project schedule

    It isnt a means unto itself

    What it should be: Communication rich

    Highly iterative & incremental (Analysis Through the Lifecycle)

    Exploration and illumination of the problem space

    Estimation and prioritization of requirements

    Results in artifacts that are just good enough


  • Introduction to TFS

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    The first ALM tool designed for Windows\.NET ecosystem

    First release by Microsoft in 2005

    Key features:

    Version Control

    Work Item Tracking

    Build Automation

    Project Management

    Test Planning & Automation


  • TFS The Tool for Modern ALM

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    Define Design Develop Build Test Deploy

  • Scrum Process Implementation in TFS

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    New Team Project with a scrum process template

    Users & Groups

    Areas & Iterations

    Work Items



  • Team Project

    A team project is a collection of work items, code, tests, work products, metrics, that is used by a defined team to track a common set of related work

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    You can customize the process template

  • Users & Groups

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    (Global) ServiceTechnical Writers

    Administrating Users & Groups:

    Product OwnersScrum MastersDevelopersQA ManagersTestersProject ManagersApplication

  • Work Items Types

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    What is a work item?


    Product Backlog Item




    Test Case (+Shared Step)

    Custom Work Item Types: Your Specific Work Item Examples:

    HLD Custom Code Review Enhancement Request

  • Work Items Relations

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  • Product Owner ResponsibilitiesTFS Actions:

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    Creating a new PBI

    Viewing the Backlog

    Assigning iteration

    Assigning priority

    Approving or Removing PBIs

  • PBI

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    The Product Backlog Items (PBIs) define the individual features (User Story)

    The PBI needs to be approved, committed and when all tasks and tests are done, its done

  • Scrum Master ResponsibilitiesTFS Actions:

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    Viewing the approved PBIs

    Linking a new Task to a PBI

    Assigning a sprint

    Assigning tasks to the team

    Creating new Sprints and Iterations

    Handles Impediments

  • Impediments Impediments are obstacles to progress If a task, bug or PBI is blocked, then an impediment is

    created Each impediment is linked to a PBI, task or bug The Scrum Masters responsibility is to remove

    impediments Examples of impediment:

    Technical issues - missing a hardware Human resource - Sickness Unclear requirement

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  • Team ResponsibilitiesTFS Actions:

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    Linking a new Task to a PBI

    Update states

    Update remaining

    Report Impediments

  • Development Task


    Each development task must be linked to at least one of the following: Parent PBI

    Another task

    Or a bug

    Each task should be tested by a test case

    A task is done by a developer, mean ready for testing

  • Bug

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    Each bug must be linked to at least one parent PBI or task

    Each new bug should be tested by a test case

    A bug is done by a tester, mean verified as fixed

  • TFS Clients

    Visual Studio Team Explorer

    Web Access

    Excel, Outlook, Word

    MS Project

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    Command line (tf.exe)

    3rd party tools (TFS-API)

  • Report Burndown Chart

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  • More Reports

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  • Agile With TFS Summary

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  • Benefits Obtained From Implementing Agile

    VersionOne Research:

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  • Q & A

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  • Learning Resources

    Agile Planning Tools In Visual Studio Team System

    Analyzing Work Item and Test Case Data Using the Work Item Perspective

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