Managing Agile Projects Using VSTS Training

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Course Description

This 3-day course provides project managers, scrum masters, and team leads with the essential skills required to effectively manage a software development project using Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). The course focuses on Agile methodologies, and includes discussions and content focused on both Scrum and Kanban practices. We look at how VSTS supports the team during the sprint planning and daily Scrum events, as well as how to create and manage the product backlog and sprint backlog artifacts. Attendees will plan a new software development project and go through the steps to initiate the project using VSTS. This includes recording requirements, creating a product backlog, and estimating effort for backlog items. We will cover planning and running a sprint as well as using the task board and burn-down chart to track progress. The class also covers using storyboards to prototype experiences, requesting stakeholder feedback, team collaboration, and reporting.
Course Length: 3 Days
Course Tuition: $2060 (US)


Attendees should have some familiarity with leading a software development team.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introducing the Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 Family
What’s new in Visual Studio 2017
Overview of the Visual Studio 2017 family
Overview of product features
Project workflow across the Visual Studio 2017 suite of products
Module 2: Initiating a New Project
Organizing projects in VSTS
Understanding process templates
Creating a new team project
Setting team project properties
Module 3: Getting Our Team Started
Configuring teams in our team project
Setting team properties
Configuring iterations for VSTS teams
Module 4: Creating our Product Backlog
Understanding requirement types
A review of user stories
Creating backlog items in TFS
Traceability between work items
Creating requirement hierarchies using features
The importance of acceptance criteria
Module 5: Enhancing Requirements
Creating and recording personas
Overview of storyboarding capabilities
Creating a storyboard to illustrate a requirement
Linking a storyboard to a work item
Module 6: Agile Estimation
Introduction to Agile estimation
Using story points
Planning Poker and other popular estimation techniques
Adding your estimates to VSTS work items
Module 7: Working in Sprints (Planning)
Our Sprint planning meeting
Specifying your sprint schedule and your team capacity
Selecting items for the sprint backlog using forecasting
Decomposing requirements into tasks
Using burndown charts to track progress
Monitoring work using the task board
Working with unparented work items
Module 8: Working in Sprints (Execution)
Overview of Agile testing
A lap around web-based test management
Creating a test plan
Creating manual test cases from requirements
Overview of Agile development
Using My Work to select tasks from the sprint backlog
Understanding the value of linking changesets to work items
Module 9: Working in Sprints (Delivery)
Understanding potentially shippable increments
Ensuring you’re ready for the review meeting
Continuous integration
Release Management
Module 10: Retrospectives
The importance of retrospectives
Conducting an efficient sprint retrospective
What you should avoid in your retrospective
Module 11: Working from the Product Backlog
Introducing the Kanban board
Entering and editing details on the Kanban board
Customizing columns, including using split columns and limiting WIP
Recording our Definition of Done (DoD)
Understanding the Cumulative Flow Diagram
Module 12: A Closer Look at Work Items
Overview of work items
Searching and creating custom queries
Work item tagging
Configuring project notifications
Module 13: Tracking Progress with Dashboards and Reports
Searching and creating custom queries
Work item charting and pinning charts
Creating dashboards
Introduction to PowerBI
Using the PowerBI content pack
Module 14: Getting Stakeholder Feedback
Introducing the Microsoft Feedback Client
Using the Microsoft Feedback Client to provide rich feedback to the team
Adding continuous feedback into your workflow

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