Sanjay Narang\’s Blog

November 26, 2006

Lifecycle Methodology Management Solutions and VSTS

Filed under: Software Processes, TFS, VSTS — sanjaynarang @ 11:26 am

Process Templates and lifecycle methodologies are one of my personal favorite areas in VSTS. So I’ve written another article on the topic in Sys Con’s The Dot Net Journal: Understanding the Methodology Workbench of Microsoft Visual Studio Team System – Underlying Concepts and Architectures

The article provides a starting point for those who are evaluating VSTS for managing and automating lifecycle methodologies in their organizations. While it provides information on what types of solutions are available for managing lifecycle methodologies and where VSTS fits in those solutions, it also explains how non Visual Studio based developers (for example java developers) can leverage the benefits provided by VSTS platform. Other topics that I covered are:

o       List of benefits and limitations of only methodology management area of VSTS

o       Introduction to Process Templates and its components

o       Implementing lifecycle methodologies using VSTS Process Templates

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November 7, 2006

Software Development Methodologies, VSTS and Process Automation

Filed under: Software Processes, TFS, VSTS — sanjaynarang @ 3:22 pm

Software Development Methodologies are there for a long time. Though there are quite a few tools available for business process automation, there aren’t many options available for software processes automation. VSTS address this issue to a large extent. My article – “Software-Development Methodologies and Visual Studio Team System – From Documents to Automation” that is published on Microsoft Architecture site recently – describes how VSTS addresses process automation and what you need to do to automate your processes. Specifically it discusses:

  • Need for automation
  • Automation using VSTS
  • Different phases of developing a new VSTS process template
  • Analyzing typical life cycle methodologies and implementing their artifacts using Process Template elements

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