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Course 20498: Delivering Continuous Value with Visual Studio 2012 Application Lifecycle Management

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Duration
5 Days

Course Content

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: January 16th, 2018

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