Application Lifecycle Management Using Azure DevOps Server

This three-day comprehensive course provides students with the knowledge and skills to effectively use the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools found in Visual Studio and Azure DevOps Server
(f.k.a. Team Foundation Server) to plan, track, design, develop, test, and deliver business value in the form of working software. The course demonstrates to developers, testers, product owners, project managers, architects, testers, and release managers the value of the various features and capabilities found throughout Visual Studio and Azure DevOps Server.

Course Objectives

At course completion, attendees will have had exposure to …

Visual Studio and Azure DevOps ALM tools

Editions, capabilities, and version compatibilities

Azure DevOps Server vs. Azure DevOps Services

Administrator types and related tools (Team Explorer)

Planning/creating projects and collections

Configuring services, security, teams, areas, iterations

Introduction to Azure Boards

Selecting an appropriate work item process

Work item types and work item characteristics

Using the agile tools (backlogs/boards) to visualize work

Creating and refining a product backlog

Tagging, finding, querying, and removing work items

Using hierarchical (epics and features) backlogs

Planning and tracking work in a sprint

Introduction to Azure Repos

Basic and advanced Git workflows

Basic and advanced TFVC workflows

Working with Azure Repos from Visual Studio

Associating work items to commits for traceability

Collaborating as a team and improving productivity

Pairing, swarming, and mobbing patterns of work

Creating and maintaining a wiki

Performing code reviews using pull requests

Requesting and capturing stakeholder feedback

Using the Test and Feedback browser extension

Using Visual Studio Live Share to collaborate in real time

Writing and executing .NET unit tests

Using IntelliTest to generate unit tests

Using Live Unit Testing to run only impacted tests

Using FxCop Analyzers and code metrics

Using code clone analysis to find duplicate code

Using IntelliTrace to troubleshoot and diagnose

Using Performance Profiler to find problems in code

Introduction to Azure Test Plans

Test Case Management using test plans, suites, cases

Testing web and desktop applications

Capturing screenshots and video while testing

Viewing and charting test run results

Creating automated acceptance tests in Visual Studio

Using Selenium and Appium for automated UI testing

Using JMeter for load testing applications

Practicing exploratory testing by taking testing tours

Introduction to Azure Pipelines

Creating and using build and release pipelines

Using YAML to configure a build pipeline

Running automated tests in the pipeline

Reviewing and understanding pipeline analytics

Configuring on-premises agent for build/release

Practicing Continuous Integration (CI) and Delivery (CD)

Improving performance with Test Impact Analysis

Agile metrics vs. traditional project metrics

Configuring project alerts and notifications

Using Excel for reporting and charting

Using the Analytics Service and related widgets

Using Power BI to query and visualize analytics data

Using the REST API for reporting

Relevant Visual Studio Marketplace extensions

DevOps principles, challenges, and goals

DevOps practices and related tools in Azure DevOps

Who should take this class?

This course is intended for current software development professionals who are involved in building applications with Visual Studio and Azure DevOps. Regardless of the student’s role, he or she will be able to learn and get hands-on experience with all of the ALM features found in Visual Studio and Azure DevOps Server.


Before attending this course, a student should have experience working on a software development team and be familiar with that team’s development processes, practices, and tools. Additionally, students should:

• Have familiarity with agile practices and Scrum
• Be able to read and understand C# .NET code (all source code will be provided)
• Have used Visual Studio 2015, 2017, or 2019
• Be able to read and understand requirements
• Understand Microsoft Windows basics