Category: VSO

[Event]Team Collaboration with Visual Studio Online

Today I’m running a new event in Central London (just in the very center, at SQS Group offices!)

And covering one of the topics of the year, Team Collaboration with Visual Studio Online.

For those that don’t know what Visual Studio Online is, just say that it’s not an IDE, it’s everything else. Visual Studio Online provides a set of cloud-powered collaboration tools that work with your existing IDE or editor, so your team can work effectively on software projects of all shapes and sizes.

Yes, of course it gives you version control (git or TFVC) but also Tools for agile teams such as Kanban, Scrum templates and Dashboards. It provides you powerful services like the new continuous integration system that allows you to build, validate and deploy into the a hybrid cloud and that offers an open and extensible integration with other platforms.

Do you want to know more?

Come to the event today here

 

Description:

In this session we will go through the Microsoft latest ALM Collaboration tools, covering how to plan and track work in an agile environment. This will be shown using one of the three templates that Microsoft provides for project management, Scrum, and we will see how to customize your Kanban boards, create dashboards and reports for anyone in the team (not only dev and test people). As Visual Studio Online is a Microsoft Cloud Service that is evolving every month, we will see also what’s just came new into VSO this year.


Who will this interest?

Anyone with a keen interest on Project Management, Work  Item Tracking, Capacity Management, Agile Frameworks.

Also BA, Devs, Testers and Ops that want to work in an Agile environment with a Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery cadence.

We will cover the following topics:

-Project Management with Visual Studio Online
-Tracking work with custom Kanban boards
-Burndown, cumulative flow, capacity and other custom charts
– Collaboration between Management, Dev, Test and Ops.
Azure Active Directory, Office 365, Power BI
– Integration with Excel, Visual Studio, MTM and  Trello.


Come along to Moorgate on Thursday 24th September 2015 where Eduardo Ortega, ex former Microsoft  Evangelist, MVP and MCSD ALM professional, will be discussing Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server as ALM Tools.

http://www.meetup.com/London-Microsoft-DevOps/events/225390939/

Team Foundation Server 2013 Access Levels

*Info updated here: https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/visual-studio-online-pricing-vs.aspx

The amazing world of licenses…when to use them, how to use them, how many computers, how many users, how many services available, on premises or online… These are few of the many questions that I receive every time a Dev or Test teams need to increase its number or its disciplines.

Let’s explain first how it works for those users that work with Team Foundation Server 2013 (the On-Premises server).

TFS 2013.3 Access Levels

First, a user, whatever kind of user is, needs to access to TFS2013 Update 3, so we need to specify which features need to get accessible. For that we have 3 levels (more info here):

  • Limited (Stakeholder access level)

    • View My Work Items
  • Standard (Basic access level)

    • View My Work Items
    • Standard Features
    • Agile Boards
    • Backlog and sprint planning tools
    • Chart Viewing
  • Full (Advance access level)

    • View My Work Items
    • Standard Features
    • Agile boards
    • Backlog and sprint planning tools
    • Request and Manage Feedback
    • Test case management (including running tests)
    • Team rooms
    • Agile Portfolio Management
    • Chart Viewing
    • Chart Authoring

Now that you know more about the licensing, let’s differentiate the licensing on TFS2013.3 from TFS2013.4 and Visual Studio Online.

In TFS2013.3 the access levels were Limited, Standard and Full.

In TFS2013.4 the access levels are Stakeholder, Basic and Advance.

In Visual Studio Online the levels are Stakeholder, Basic, Professional, Advance and MSDN Subscribers.

TFS2013.4 Access Levels

Let’s see now how the licensing changed from TFS2013.3 to TFS2013.4:

Access level

License required

Basic

TFS client-access license (CAL) or Visual Studio Professional with MSDN subscription

Advanced

One of these MSDN subscriptions: Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN, Visual Studio Premium with MSDN, MSDN Platforms, or Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN.

Stakeholder

No license required. Assign Stakeholder access to customers or stakeholders that you want to collaborate with but who aren’t on your team.

It means that the Stakeholder level (previously called Limited), will allow you to create Workitems (such as Bugs, Test Cases, Requirements, etc) but now, on the Update 4 for TFS2013, we have some extra features:

Stakeholder access level:

  • View and edit all work items (not only yours)
  • Standard features
  • Agile boards
  • Basic backlog and sprint planning tools
  • Agile Portfolio Management

If you go for the Basic access level (you would require a CAL or a license of VS Professional), you will get the next features access:

Basic access level (all stakeholder’s plus…):

  • Chart viewing
  • Build
  • Code
  • Administer account
  • Advanced home page
  • Advance backlog and sprint planning tools

Advanced access level (all basic’s plus…)

  • Chart Authoring
  • Request and manage feedback
  • Test case management
  • Team rooms
  • Advanced portfolio management

Visual Studio Online Access Levels

And last but not least VSO. If you don’t want to host the TFS server on your premises or just you want to avoid all the set-up of servers, SQL Server Databases, etc. Maybe the best option is to subscribe to an on demand service called Visual Studio Online (previously called Team Foundation Service). This service allows you to get licenses on demand and monthly, so you will save a considerable amount of money. Right now you can’t have divided your infrastructure half on premises, half on the cloud, so that means that your online users will work on team projects hosted on the cloud.

VSO features are slightly reduced in comparison to TFS (like reporting or SharePoint integration) but most of the features are available!

Let’s go through the features accessible through the different access levels

Stakeholder access level (free):

  • Work item tracking, queries, tagging
  • Alerts
  • Agile planning boards and backlogs
  • View Iteration and capacity planning
  • Portfolio management boards and backlogs
  • View query based charts 
  • Provide feedback
  • Track test progress and charts

Basic access level (5 free and $20/month new ones). All stakeholder access plus:

  • Team chat
  • Git repositories and TFVC
  • Work with Xcode, Eclipse, IntelliJ and others
  • Code Reviews
  • Enterprise Scale
  • Full Build and Deployment features
  • Web-based test execution. Test runner
  • Administer accounts, users, teams and projects structure

Professional access level (includes stakeholder and basic access levels). $45 per user per month.

  • Includes Visual Studio Professional

Advanced access level (includes stakeholder and basic access levels). $60 per user per month.

  • Request and manage feedback
  • Test planning: create test plans
  • Test authoring
  • Test suite management
  • Test tracking

As you can see it’s slightly different the On-Premise Server than the On-Line Services but in practice, this would be transparent for your developers, testers or team leads.

For more information follow the links below.

Happy licensing!

Eduardo Ortega

Resources:

VSO Matrix: http://www.visualstudio.com/pricing/visual-studio-online-feature-matrix-vs

Visual Studio Versions: http://www.visualstudio.com/products/visual-studio-with-msdn-overview-vs

Work as a stakeholder: http://www.visualstudio.com/get-started/work-as-a-stakeholder-vs

Visual Studio Online Pricing: http://www.visualstudio.com/pricing/visual-studio-online-pricing-vs

Pay for users accessing your account: http://www.visualstudio.com/get-started/get-more-user-licenses-vs

Visual Studio Online Basic: http://www.visualstudio.com/products/visual-studio-online-Basic-vs