Last week was an interesting one with a MSDN LiveMeeting and a session at the 6th and biggest edition ever of Community Day Belgium (500 attendees). I remember being present on the first edition of Community Day, talking about Application Lifecycle Management and the first release of Team Foundation Server (TFS 2005). A lot has changed in the ALM space during these 6 years.
Both times last week, I delivered a session on setting the context for the upcoming TFS 2012 release and added a number of demos to show some new and interesting ALM features.
90% of my time I’m active as an ALM consultant at different (small/big) companies in Belgium and I do identify a number of common trends across these companies. One very important thing for the business is time-to-market and they want to see a continuous flow of value. The current model of delivering features in big releases with long lead times – and only a few times a year – is under enormous pressure. Development teams are getting pretty good at adopting agile and lean concepts in the technical development cycle, but the bottleneck is often the integration of the entire software value chain (stakeholders, development team, testing team and operations). Going for continuous value delivery really requires companies to improve the end-to-end value chain. What’s otherwise the value of having a top agile development team without the ability to frequently release new features in production? Delivering business value is all about optimizing the collaboration between different teams and software must be seen as a company-wide team sport.
Gartner has published a few weeks ago (June 5, 2012) an interesting report on Application Lifecycle Management. Microsoft has been identified as a leader in this area with the current TFS 2010 offering. So, this is already a clear indication that Microsoft has great tools for ALM, but I believe that the position of Microsoft will even be stronger with the new TFS 2012 release because they take care about the complete end-to-end value chain and they are creating the best tools for every individual stakeholder in the process.
Read the full Gartner report to find out more about the current ALM market situation..
Having only one hour to explain and demo the upcoming TFS 2012 release is just impossible. The goal was to give the audience an idea of what’s coming and the approach Microsoft is taking to tackle Application Lifecycle Management. Usually I spend three full days to get team members up-to-speed with all the new features of TFS 2012 during an on-site hands-on training.
My next public training on TFS 2012 is scheduled in the week of August 20, 2012. This intensive 3 day training will give students a detailed overview of the new ALM features that will be included inside the next release of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2012. Attendees will experience how this new release might unblock the impediments in software development processes to deliver continuous value for the business. The full training consists of 3 days, but according to personal preferences, people can sign up for the individual days as well. On-site training sessions can also be planned.
Download slide-deck Community Day 2012: A lap around VS 2012 ALM RC.