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Project Description

This project delivers a set of quick reference guides that allows you to quickly get an understanding of the features of Visual Studio ALM. The guides help you to answer that question of what is in the latest Visual Studio and where can I go to get more information. Finally, the Quick References Guides include links to other Ranger projects with more detailed content.


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Visual Studio ALM Rangers

This guidance is created by the Visual Studio ALM Rangers, who have the mission to provide out of band solutions for missing features and/or guidance. This content was created with support from Microsoft Product Group, members of Microsoft Services, Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs) and technical specialists from technology communities around the globe, giving you a real-world view from the field, where the technology has been tested and used.

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What is included in the downloads?

The solution is divided in separate packages to give you the choice of selective downloads. The default download is the first of the listed packages:

  • Quick Reference Guidance a set of quick reference guides and quick reference posters.

The Epics included in the guidance are:

  • I would like to understand the impact of Dev11 so that I can quickly understand where I need to focus my learning
  • I would like a set of quick reference guides (preferable one pagers and posters) so that I quickly understand the features of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server

Topics covered in the Guidance:

  • Storyboarding
  • Agile Planning Tools
  • Code Clone Analysis
  • Architecture Diagrams
  • Visual Studio Shell and Editors
  • Intellitrace
  • Intellitrace in Production
  • Code Review
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Lab Management
  • Manual Testing
  • Project Server
  • Test Case Management
  • Test Runner
  • Unit Test Runner
  • Microsoft Test Manager
  • Test Architecture

Future (Planned)


External References



  • v2
    • Charles Sterling, Chris Burrows, David Hay, David Scruggs, Grant Holliday, Kerry Gates, Matt Nunn, Robert MacLean, Willy-Peter Schaub
  • v1
    • Brian Blackman, Caroline Williams, Christian Nielsen, Clementino Mendonca, Eric Golpe, Francisco Xavier Fagas Albarracín, Hassan Fadili, Jeff Bramwell, Kevin D'Souza, Mark Brown, Nathan Manis, Oliver Hilgers, Richard Florance, Robert Maclean, Tony Feissle, Wayne Ewington, William Bartholomew, Willy-Peter Schaub, Zayd Kara

How to submit new ideas?

The recommended method is to post ideas to the Discussions Page or to contact the Rangers at


Post comments on the Discussions Page.


Main Guide - Table of Artefacts

  • Start Here
    • Getting Started Quick Reference Guide Poster
    • Visual Studio Readiness Quick Reference Poster
  • Misunderstood Requirements
    • Storyboarding Quick Reference Guide
  • Conflicting Priorities
    • Agile Planning Tools Quick Reference Guide
  • Lack of Visibility in Development
    • Code Clone Analysis Quick Reference Guide
    • Designer Quick Reference Guide
    • Developer Quick Reference Guide
    • No Repro Quick Reference Guide
  • Quality Issues
    • Code Review Quick Reference Guide
    • Exploratory Testing Quick Reference Guide
    • Lab Management Quick Reference Guide
    • Manual Testing for Windows Metro Style Quick Reference Guide
    • Project Server Quick Reference Guide
    • Test Case Management Quick Reference Guide
    • Test Runner Quick Reference Guide
    • Testing Quick Reference Guide
    • Unit Test Explorer Quick Reference Guide
    • Visual Studio Test Architecture Poster
  • No Repro' Production Issues
    • Applications Monitoring with System Center 2012 Quick Reference Guide
    • Standalone IntelliTrace Collector Quick Reference Guide
  • No Actionable Feedback
    • Feedback Manager Quick Reference Guide
  • Cannot Get Started
    • Team Explorer Quick Reference Guide
    • Team Foundation Server Planning Cheatsheet

Last edited Jan 10, 2017 at 7:02 PM by wschaub, version 53