I am pleased to announce we have dates set for the first public run of our new Visual Studio 2013 ALM Training courses. These courses are available for you to attend in person in Kirkland, WA or you can attend using our online classroom infrastructure. If you need your team trained, we can also provide closed on-site courses for you.
- TFS 2013 Configuration and Administration
27th-29th January 2014 | 3 days | More info
- TFS 2013 Developer Fundamentals
30th-31st January 2014 | 2 days | More info
- Application Lifecycle Management solutions using TFS 2013
3rd-7th February 2014 | 5 days | More info
- Managing Projects with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013
10th-11th February 2014 | 2 days | More info
- Software Testing with Visual Studio 2013
12th-14th February 2014 | 3 days | More info
For additional dates, visit our TFS 2013 home page.
The Release Candidates (RC) for Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 are now available for download from the MSDN Library. These new releases bring a suite of new and enhanced capabilities to help your development team succeed.
Some of my favorite new features, in no particular order, include;
- Code Lens (Code indicators right in your code)
- Browser Link (Awesome for web developers)
- Agile portfolio management (Hierarchical requirements in TFS)
- GIT support for on-premise TFS (More options in case GIT is your VC of choice)
- Team Room (A great place for team collaboration)
- Enhanced web based Test Case Management
To coincide with the official launch of Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013, QuickLearn will be launching a new and expanded training curriculum next month. Our content developers have been busily validating our new content against the RC release in anticipation of our biggest TFS curriculum upgrade since we started delivering TFS training over 4 years ago.
Keep an eye out for our next newsletter which will provide details for eight VS/TFS2013 courses including brand new self-paced, online courses as well as our popular live courses.
QuickLearn’s first TFS 2012 Configuration and Administration course to run in London has just finished and we’re happy to announce that the course scored a staggering 96% customer satisfaction rating based on the course evaluations. Our trainer also scored a perfect score of 100% for both his knowledge of TFS and his presentation ability.
Our next round of TFS 2012 courses in London includes the following courses.
- Aug 19/20 – Managing Projects with TFS 2012
- Aug 21/22 – Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012
- Aug 23 – Test automation using Coded UI Tests in Visual Studio 2012
Our courses are run in London (Shoreditch EC2) but you can attend remotely from anywhere in the UK, Europe or Africa due to friendly time zones. Keen to find out more?
QuickLearn is excited to be heading to the UK to deliver our leading courses on Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. These courses have just been completely refreshed to cover the latest features Microsoft have included in Update 2.
Here is a list of the TFS 2012.2 courses we’re running in June. These courses are confirmed to run and if you book soon you’ll still get early bird registration!
What’s more, we’re bring our Remote Classroom Instruction (RCI) solution with us so you can attend our courses online from anywhere in the UK and nearby time zones!
Attend our TFS courses from any of these time zones
Courses will run from 9:30am to 5:00pm GMT (London time). Please consider this when booking.
I received some great news a little while ago that I have been selected to present a one day pre-conference workshop at TechEd 2013 in both North America (New Orleans) and Europe (Madrid).
If you’re planning on attending TechEd this year, why not head in a day early and get some great hands on experience using Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2012. The breakout sessions and keynotes are always great but for many, a day spent getting hands-on with Microsoft’s ALM platform might be just what you need.
The pre-conference workshop I am delivering is titled “Kickstart Your Application Lifecycle Management Using Team Foundation Server 2012”. I’ve included the session abstract a the bottom of this blog post.
To attend one of the pre-conference workshop, simply choose one of the registration options that includes a pre-conference seminar. Eg. “Early Bird Pricing + Pre-Conference Seminar”. Even if you’re not attending the full conference, you can attend the pre-conference seminar by itself. [More information]
QuickLearn’s BizTalk instructors have also submitted breakout session proposals and hopefully we’ll have some good news to share on that front in the next week or so.
Frequently Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) finds its way into organizations through well intentioned developers taking it upon themselves to install and configure it. Unfortunately this usually leads to a very ad-hoc usage of the product that fails to deliver the real benefits of an integrated Application Lifecycle Management suite.
In this workshop we start by setting ourselves up with a brand new Team Project on TFS 2012 and then proceed to configure everything required to get our team ready for their first iteration.
This pre-conference workshop is designed to help attendees learn how to get projects started using Microsoft Team Foundation Server. The range of topics covered in this level 200 workshop have been selected to ensure attendees cover the primary areas of value in the product.
Attendees to the workshop receive workshop notes in electronic format which including the hands-on lab exercises, as well as a comprehensive list of resources that they can use after the conference to get up to speed with TFS.
NEW COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT
QuickLearn is pleased to announce the addition of a brand new course to our list of TFS 2012 courses we currently offer. The new course is a two day course focusing on Test Automation (Coded UI Testing), Web Performance and Load Testing with Visual Studio 2012.
Here are just a few of the things covered in this course.
- Describe the various testing capabilities in Visual Studio 2012
- Create Coded UI Tests from action recordings and using the Coded UI Test Builder
- Understand the structure of Coded UI Tests and edit the generated code
- Bind Coded UI Tests to a variety of different data sources
- Run automated tests in a number of environments
- Upgrade existing web performance and load tests from Visual Studio 2010
- Create and edit Web Performance Tests and analyse test results
- Create and edit Load Tests and analyse test results
- Configure an environment for executing Web Performance and Load Tests
This course is more technical than our existing testing course and attendees will spend much of their time working in Visual Studio 2012. While attendees won’t write any code from scratch, being able to read and understand VB or C# code is required to get the most from this course.
This new course joins our existing 2-day course “Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012” to provide excellent coverage of the testing features available in Visual Studio 2012.
This new course has already been delivered successfully in overseas markets and is scheduled to run here in the US on the following dates over the next few months.
You can attend this training in-person in our Kirkland, WA office or you can attend remotely from your home or office using our remote classroom infrastructure.
Remember, QuickLearn has a no-cancellation policy so if you book on these courses, they will definitely run!
Microsoft Learning used the ALM Summit 3 this week to announce the new “Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD): Application Lifecycle Management” certification. The new certification required you to pass the following three exams.
- 70-486: Administering Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012
- 70-497: Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012
- 70-498: Delivering Continuous Value with Visual Studio 2012 Application Lifecycle Management
QuickLearn’s two TFS instructors have both already obtained this certification and have prepared comprehensive exam preparation sessions to help candidates focus their study and pass these exams.
The exam preparation sessions are available as FREE, ONLINE WEBINARS that anyone can register to attend. Over the coming month we’ll also release online video preparation sessions.
Attending these webinars will help you in the following ways.
- Understand the goals and objectives covered in each exam.
- Get links to study material on the Microsoft MSDN website.
- Go through some samples questions.
- See product demonstrations for topics listed in the exam preparation guide.
- Learn techniques to help you when you’re doing the actual exams.
To sign up for any of the free webinars, simply click the following link, choose the webinar you wish to attend and register.
SESSION DATES/TIME and REGISTRATION LINK
NOTE: We do not tell you the questions or the answers. We provide sample questions that we have written ourselves. We respect the NDA we signed prior to taking these exams. We do not encourage the use of brain dumps. Brain dumps devalue the certification and reduce value for everyone.
This week QuickLearn was involved at the third annual Application Lifecycle Management Summit held on the Microsoft Corporate headquarters in Redmond.
Nick and I were both involved in delivering content and sharing our TFS knowledge and skills with attendees. Here are the two activities we presented.
I delivered a sold-out pre-conference workshop entitled “Managing your application lifecycle with TFS”. The workshop provided attendees with a rapid overview of many of the features of Microsoft’s ALM suite. Based on the number of questions from attendees, there was a lot of interest in the new features in TFS 2012.
Exam Cram Session
Microsoft took the opportunity to announce the brand new MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management certification at the conference. Nick and I paired up to deliver a 90 minute exam prep session to help attendees learn the best way to prepare for the three exams required for the new certification. Fortunately, both Nick and I both already have the certification so this made things a little easier.
Feedback from both activities was overwhelmingly positive and with our commitments done, we’re both just enjoying attending sessions at the conference for the rest of the week.
January 1st is one of 4 dates during the year when Microsoft announce their new and renewed Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). As someone that was awarded on January 1st, it means the year starts off with a regular scan of my emails to see if my community contributions have been sufficient to be re-awarded.
Sitting proudly in my Inbox was the much anticipated email confirming that I have once again reached the bar to be an ALM MVP for another year.
In addition to my community contributions, I’ve been very busy with our TFS training curriculum. We start 2013 with 6 TFS 2012 courses, the most comprehensive curriculum for TFS 2012 in the world today. Over the next 3 months we’re also releasing two new courses to bring the total up to 8 courses.
Stay tuned for news on the following two courses.
- Mastering Builds with TFS 2012
- Applied Scrum with TFS 2012
One of the great new features included in Visual Studio 2012 is the ability to create professional looking storyboards using Microsoft PowerPoint. Storyboards allow you to create very realistic mock-ups of an application using shape libraries designed for the particular type of application you are proposing. Examples include Windows application, Web application, Windows Phone 7 applications and more.
Microsoft has released a number of new storyboarding shapes for people wanting to create Storyboards for iOS, iPad or iPhone applications.
NOTE: To get the Storyboarding feature in PowerPoint, you must have one of the following products installed.
- Visual Studio Premium 2012 with MSDN
- Visual Studio Ultimate 2012 with MSDN
- Visual Studio Test Professional 2012 with MSDN
How to get the new shapes
- Download the Storyboard shapes you want from the Visual Studio Gallery
- Open Microsoft PowerPoint and select the Storyboarding tab
- Select Import Shapes
- Locate the “*.SBSX” file you downloaded in step 1 and click Open.
Your new storyboard shapes will appear in the Storyboard Shapes toolbox.
If you want to learn more about how to use the Storyboarding features, consider taking our Managing Projects with Team Foundation Server 2012course. We have an entire module devoted to getting up to speed quickly.