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MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management

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R27,636.80

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Duration
15 Days

Course Content

70-496: MCSD Administering Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 [Available September]

5 Days

Skills being measured:
Install and Configure Team Foundation Server

  • Install Team Foundation Server.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: SQL Server version support; installing Team Foundation Server in a multi-tier or multi-machine environment; installing Team Foundation
    Server in a load-balanced environment; setting up a version control proxy server
  • Configure the application tier.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: validating an installation; configuring SMTP for Team Foundation Server; changing the URL (friendly name); changing the default SharePoint web application; setting up reporting (SQL Server Analysis Services)
  • Migrate and upgrade Team Foundation Server.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: upgrading to Team Foundation Server 2012 in-place or moving to new hardware; importing a source base from a non–Team Foundation Server system; upgrading a Team Project
  • Install and configure Lab Management.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: setting up environment templates; installing and configuring test agents; installing and configuring System Center Virtual Machine Manager (basic Virtual Machine Manager installation); creating library shares or resource pools
  • Install and configure multiple build agents and controllers.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: tagging and binding a controller to a project collection; adding a build agent

Manage Team Foundation Server

  • Manage Team Project Collections.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: moving project collections; managing team collections and projects; creating and configuring Team Project Collections; creating a team
    project using SharePoint and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS); splitting and partitioning team project collections
  • Configure for backup and recovery.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: backup and recovery of Team Foundation Server and related components; recovering a failed application tier; recovering a failed database tier; implementing a disaster recovery plan
  • Monitor server health and performance.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: monitoring the server for performance issues (monitoring activity logging database and Team Foundation Server server manager); monitoring the job infrastructure for failed jobs (monitoring warehouse adapters and warehouse jobs); cleanup of stale workspaces and shelvesets; setting up Team Foundation Build to use a version control proxy server
  • Operate Lab Management.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: operating and modifying lab environments; repairing lab environments; using snapshots; storing System Center Virtual Machine Manager environments
  • Manage security.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring limited users; managing roles in Team Foundation Server using Active Directory groups; managing permissions in Team Foundation Server in SharePoint, SSRS, builds, source control, and Work Item Management; creating and managing teams; configuring security for users who do not have a Client Access License (CAL)
  • Manage reporting for Team Foundation Server.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: managing basic reporting using Microsoft Office Excel Services; customizing the SharePoint team project portal; uploading a new SSRS Team Foundation Server report; configuring Team Foundation Server to enable a report to appear in a SharePoint project portal; rebuilding the Team Foundation Server data warehouse

Customize Team Foundation Server for Team Use

  • Configure a team build definition.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: setting up for a symbol server and source server; setting up for custom build numbers; configuring build log verbosity; setting up definition properties including test impact analysis, code analysis, automated unit testing, and architecture validation; setting up build triggers (gated check-in, continuous integration, scheduled build); configuring the build drop location to be in source code control or a fileshare
  • Manage build execution.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: queuing a build with parameters; reconciling workspaces as part of a gated check-in workflow; customizing build qualities; cleanup of builds
    (applying retention policies)
  • Modify a process template.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: uploading and downloading process templates; troubleshooting template errors; customizing functional areas within process templates, including SSRS, SharePoint, build definitions, Work Items, and queries
  • Configure a team project.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: defining areas and iterations; managing users through the default security groups; managing portal settings (team project portal site URL,
    process guidance URL); defining project-level alerts
  • Apply Work Item customizations.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: adding a new Work Item type as a child of an existing Work Item; customizing field definitions for a Work Item; customizing form layout and
    workflows; customizing global lists, link types, and categories
  • Create Work Item queries.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: defining query folders and permissions; applying query types (tree, flat, directed); adding fields to a query; creating a query by using Team Explorer
  • Configure client connectivity to Team Foundation Server.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring Visual Studio, Team Explorer, Team Explorer Everywhere, Excel, Project, and other tools to connect to Team Foundation Server; configuring clients for a proxy server

Administer Version Control

  • Create and manage workspaces.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: cloaking, undoing delete, and modifying a workspace; deleting a workspace; specifying workspace visibility; unlocking other users’ checkouts, pending changes, and code; choosing a default workspace type for a collection; deleting a shelveset
  • Configure version control proxy.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: setting up the cache hit ratio; setting up the cache size; setting up for multiple Team Foundation Server servers
  • Configure team project version control settings.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: enabling multiple checkout; enabling get latest on checkout; configuring check-in policies for a team project (Work Items, builds, code analysis, testing policies)

70-497: MCSD Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012 [Available September]

5 Days

Skills being measured:
Create and Configure Test Plans

  • Create test plan properties.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: selecting test settings; selecting configurations; defining name, description, area, path, and iteration; selecting test environments; assigning
    Build to Test Plan (when to assign a build to a plan; compare assigned build to another build)
  • Configure test settings.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: creating multiple test settings; selecting data and diagnostics; setting up roles
  • Define configurations.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: managing configuration variables; setting default configurations; adding new configurations; setting configuration state; deleting configurations
  • Create Test Suites.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: creating query-based Test Suites; creating requirement-based Test Suites; creating static Test Suites; copying Test Suites; creating a Test Suite hierarchy; assigning Test Suite states
  • Configure Test Suites.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: assigning Testers; selecting configurations; ordering Test Cases within a Test Suite; setting defaults

Manage Test Cases

  • Create Test Cases.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: designing Test Cases that have clear and measurable steps; assigning Test Case properties (title, areas and iterations, state, priority, assign to, and automation status); adding attachments and links; adding the Test Case description and history; adding Tested requirements; managing Test Case workflow (state)
  • Create Test Steps.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: adding and removing parameters to and from actions or expected results; adding and removing data; creating repeatable Test actions for using Fast Forward for Manual Testing; creating expected results; adding Test Step attachments
  • Define parameters.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: managing Test Case iterations; creating a parameter variable; renaming parameters; deleting parameters
  • Manage Shared Steps.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: creating Shared Steps; designing Shared Steps that can be reused effectively across different Test Cases; moving Shared Steps; creating Action Recording for Shared Steps
  • Manage requirements.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: reviewing requirements; verifying requirements; verifying all requirements are accounted for; validating Test Coverage

Manage Test Execution

  • Run Tests.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: running tests with options; creating Fast Forward for Manual Testing recordings; selecting Fast Forward Playback options (all steps, multiple steps); setting Test Run states; validating expected results (add comments, snapshots)
  • Perform Exploratory Testing.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: perform ad hoc Exploratory Testing; exploring by Work Item; generating Test Case from Test; generating bugs from Exploratory Testing; adding screenshots, video, or audio recording
  • Manage bugs.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: tracking bug metrics (bug trends, status); verifying bugs (create Test from bugs); analyzing bug reports; managing bug workflow
  • Use Lab Center.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: creating new environments; creating copies of environments; running Tests on remote environments; executing Test Case in a Lab Center Environment
  • Analyze Recommended Tests.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: selecting the build in use; comparing the current build to a previous build; viewing Recommended Tests; analyzing related Work Items
  • Perform analysis.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: analyzing reports (Requirements-User Stories); analyzing by Test Suite; analyzing by configuration; identifying areas where quality is low;
    identifying Test Plan status
  • Manage Work Items.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: validating requirements; Work Item relationships (e.g., what it means when a test case is associated with a requirement); creating Work Item queries; performing bulk updates in Microsoft Excel

70-498: Delivering Continuous Value with Visual Studio 2012 Application Lifecycle Management [Available September]

5 Days

Skills being measured:
Define an Effective End-to-End Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)

  • Understand the value of an end-to-end view of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools and practices.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: understanding that an observable problem may be indicative of a more general process issue; explaining the difference between optimizing a piece of the ALM process such as manual testing and optimizing the entire ALM process
  • Explain the benefits of fast feedback.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: explaining the importance of fast feedback related to communicating requirements; explaining the benefits of end customer feedback to early software iterations
  • Implement strategies to reduce end-to-end cycle time.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: identifying bottlenecks in the delivery process; identifying metrics that highlight bottlenecks; creating potential solutions whose effectiveness
    can be validated; understanding the relationship between work in process (WIP) and cycle time
  • Implement strategies to improve software quality.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: identifying process steps that introduce defects; understanding the end-to-end quality process; bringing quality efforts early in the development cycle
  • Implement strategies to reduce waste.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: identifying wasteful activities; creating strategies to eliminate waste; measuring the effectiveness of waste removal activities
  • Create a process improvement plan.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: creating strategies for implementing organizational change; identifying key metrics to be tracked during the improvement effort; creating consensus for the change

Define the ALM Process

  • Role of different ALM processes.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: understanding the cost and benefits of the key ALM processes including Agile, Scrum, waterfall, and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)
  • Implement a Scrum/Agile process.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: establishing self-organizing teams; holding a Scrum/Agile planning meeting; holding daily Scrums/stand-up meetings; holding retrospective meetings; holding Scrum review meetings
  • Define a Scrum/Agile process for a team.
    This objective may in clude but is not limited to: establishing criteria on when to cancel a sprint/iteration; establishing tooling and process for Scrum/Agile artifacts; establishing the Scrum definition of “done”; determining sprint/iteration length; determining how to handle backlog items/user stories not completed in a sprint/iteration; determining how to monitor sprint/iteration progress
  • Implement Microsoft Solution Framework (MSF) for CMMI Process Improvement.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: establishing project drivers (scope-driven, date-driven); assigning product requirements to iterations; managing changes; managing issues

Define a Software Iteration

  • Plan a release.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: identifying a flexibility matrix; identifying releases based on priority items in flexibility matrix and release criteria; resource planning
    (Scrum team is responsible for allocating team members); identifying techniques to optimize a team that is geographically distributed; selecting a project methodology; risk management
  • Define a project-tracking process.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: identifying a project tracking tool and an associated process (triage process, bug management); defining how to manage effort; determining
    team forecast management; defining a prioritization scheme; determining how to validate project health
  • Scope a project.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: scoping the effort for a release; defining an architecture design process; defining scope boundaries (is/is not list); determining the definition of “done”; defining a process when effort estimates are significantly inaccurate

Define End Value for the Software Iteration

  • Elicit requirements.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: defining project requirements; reviewing and clarifying requirements; defining acceptance criteria; defining UI platform requirements (Web,
    mobile); assigning a business value
  • Estimate requirements.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: managing and assigning effort estimates (assigning story points); resizing user requirements into smaller, manageable pieces; executing
    task breakdown; estimating the requirements baseline
  • Document requirements.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: defining acceptance criteria; listing requirements; adding requirement details; designing UI storyboards
  • Prioritize requirements.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: identifying requirements that are critical path; identifying must-have requirements; enabling the entire team (including customers) to
    participate in requirements prioritization; identifying dependencies

Develop Customer Value with High Quality

  • Define code quality indicators.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: performing code review, including security and performance analysis; analyzing code for common defects; calculating code coverage; performing architecture validation
  • Incorporate unit testing.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: establishing unit test standards; developing a strategy for adding unit tests to existing applications; selecting the unit test type; establishing
    the code coverage target
  • Develop code.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: developing maintainable code; defining coding standards; defining application architecture; defining configuration management process and tooling (source control tree, branching strategy, solution structure, source control/check-in policy)
  • Validate quality.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: organizing test artifacts such as test cases, suites, plans, and requirements; defining test strategy; managing test execution; identifying test types and associated tools; identifying and configuring environments; analyzing test runs
  • Customize a team project.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: customizing a Work Item; customizing Work Item Queries; customizing Team Portal; identifying areas and iterations; managing roles and associated permissions

Integrate Development and Operations

  • Implement an automated deployment process.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: architecting an automated build and deploy workflow; integrating automated tests; automating deployment into both test and production environments
  • Implement pre-production environments.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: automating the creation of virtual test lab environments; automating deployment into virtual test environments
  • Manage feedback between development and operations.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: implementing tools to simplify communication; identifying, measuring, and reporting key analytics and performance indicators such as cycle time and mean time to repair (MTTR); creating appropriate shared artifacts and process to facilitate communication; standardizing required artifacts for defect reports; creating strategies for test case reuse (both automated and manual) in production
  • Troubleshoot production issues.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: gathering defect data from bugs in a production setting; providing actionable data to the development team; monitoring applications running in production for potential issues; managing incident response times collaboratively between development and operations
CTU Training Solutions , Updated: July 6th, 2017

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