Application Lifecycle Management Using Visual Studio 2015

This three-day “all up” course provides students with the knowledge and skills to effectively use the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools found in Visual Studio 2015 and the Team Foundation Server 2015 or Visual Studio Team Services 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 ALM features and capabilities found throughout Visual Studio. This course can be delivered using the Scrum, Agile, or CMMI process template.

Course Objectives

At course completion, attendees will have had exposure to …

Visual Studio 2015 ALM tools and strategy Visual Studio 2015 editions and capabilities
Team Foundation Server components/architecture Visual Studio Team Services
Planning and creating team project collections Planning and creating team projects
Selecting an appropriate process template Managing and securing a team project
Renaming and deleting team projects Creating and querying work items
Using hierarchies to create/manage a portfolio Using Agile tools to plan and track work
Creating and refining a product backlog Planning and tracking work in a sprint
Obtaining stakeholder feedback Using Team Rooms for collaboration
Creating storyboards in PowerPoint Conducting and tracking a code review
Understanding and using version control Git and/or TFVC version control systems
Basic and advanced version control workflows Labeling, shelving, branching, and merging
Writing and executing .NET unit tests Using IntelliTest to generate unit tests
Using code analysis and code metrics Using code clone analysis to find duplicate code
Using IntelliTrace to troubleshoot and diagnose Using Performance Profiler
Test case management using Test Manager (MTM) Planning, creating, and executing manual/UI tests
Planning and running manual tests from the web Using coded UI tests to automate UI testing
Testing web applications Load and performance testing
Team Foundation Build Configuring build agents
Automating the building and testing of a project Release Management for Visual Studio 2015

Who Should Attend

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


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

Have familiarity with their development process Have familiarity with distributed application design
Be able to read and understand C# .NET code (all source code will be provided) Have used Visual Studio 2012, 2013, or 2015
Be able to read and understand requirements Understand the Microsoft Windows operating system and security basics


Module 1: Introduction to VS-2015 ALM
  • Application Lifecycle Management overview
  • Visual Studio 2015 ALM tools
  • Team Foundation Server 2015 overview
  • Features and capabilities by edition and role
Module 6: Writing Quality Code
  • Unit testing and code coverage
  • Using IntelliTest to generate unit tests
  • Test-Driven Development (TDD) overview
  • Code analysis and code metrics
  • Code clone analysis
  • Application profiling
  • IntelliTrace
  • CodeLens
Module 2: Team Projects
  • The Project Administrator role
  • Team project collections and team projects
  • Creating a team project
  • Configuring and managing a team project
  • Renaming and deleting a team project
Module 7: Testing the Application
  • Visual Studio 2015 test types
  • Web performance tests
  • Load tests
  • Microsoft Test Manager (MTM)
  • Test plans, test suites, and test cases
  • Manual tests
  • Web-based test case management
  • Coded UI tests
  • Exploratory tests
Module 3: Planning and managing work
  • Process template overview
  • Work item types, categories, and hierarchies
  • Creating and managing work items
  • Using tags to categorize work items
  • Querying, charting, and reporting work items
  • Managing a product backlog and sprint backlog
Module 8: Building and Releasing
  • Team Foundation Build 2015
  • Build agents and types of builds
  • Creating, queuing, monitoring, and managing a build
  • Running tests as part of the build
  • Customizing the build process
Module 4: Version Control
  • Git version control system overview
  • TFVC version control system overview
  • Integration with Visual Studio
  • Setting up and configuring version control
  • Basic and advanced workflows
  • Branching and merging
  • Managing and resolving conflicts
Module 9: Improving DevOps
  • Development and Operations goals and schisms
  • Identifying and reducing technical debt
  • Improving delivery frequency
  • Continuous Integration (CI)
  • Release Management for Visual Studio 2015
  • Continuous Delivery (CD)
Module 5: Collaborating as a Team
  • Using the My Work window
  • Suspending and resuming work
  • Shelving and unshelving changes
  • Creating storyboards in PowerPoint
  • Reviewing code in Visual Studio
  • Providing feedback using the Feedback Client
  • Collaborating in a Team Room

Course Designer

This course was designed by Richard Hundhausen, a Visual Studio ALM MVP, Microsoft Regional Director, and an experienced software developer and trainer.