Visual Studio Team System: Better Software Development for Agile Teams

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Pearson Education, May 17, 2007 - Computers - 864 pages

Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) gives Microsoft development teams a powerful, integrated toolset for Agile development. Visual Studio Team System: Better Software Development for Agile Teams is a comprehensive, start-to-finish guide to making the most of VSTS in real-world Agile environments.

Using a book-length case study, the authors show how to use VSTS to improve every aspect of software development, step by step–from project planning through design and from coding through testing and deployment.

Agile consultant Will Stott and Microsoft development lead James Newkirk carefully integrate theory and practice, offering hands-on exercises, practical insights into core Extreme Programming (XP) techniques, and much more.

Coverage includes

  • Using VSTS to support the transition to Agile values and techniques
  • Forming Agile teams and building effective process frameworks
  • Leveraging Team Foundation Version Control to help teams manage change and share their code effectively
  • Implementing incremental builds and integration with Team Foundation Build
  • Making the most of VSTS tools for Test-Driven Development and refactoring
  • Bringing agility into software modeling and using patterns to model solutions more effectively
  • Using the FIT integrated testing framework to make sure customers are getting what they need
  • Estimating, prioritizing, and planning Agile projects


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Estimate Prioritize and Plan
Developing Installation Programs
Practice for Deployment
Generating Business Value
Fixing the Process
A Setting Up VSTS for the Exercises
B Software Project Environment for a Small Team
Agile Workspace

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About the author (2007)

Will Stott is an associate of Exoftware, a consulting group specializing in Agile practices, and a freelance consultant based in Montreux, Switzerland. Will has worked with Microsoft technologies since the early days of MS-DOS and now specializes in C++ and C# development using Visual Studio. He has published a number of articles about Agile development and has spoken at various conferences in the United Kingdom and Europe.

James Newkirk is the product unit manager for CodePlex, Microsoft's community open source project hosting site. He is the coauthor of Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET (Microsoft Press, 2004). Prior to joining Microsoft he coauthored "Enterprise Solution Patterns in .NET" (Microsoft patterns & practices) and Extreme Programming in Practice (Addison-Wesley, 2001).

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