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Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS, Microsoft Visual Studio Team System) is an agile development product that is an extension of the Microsoft Visual Studio architecture. Azure DevOps includes software development, collaboration, and reporting capabilities.Azure DevOps for large EnterpriseAzure DevOps is currently used across the organization. Currently not all groups and departments are utilizing it however we are in the process of rolling out to these groups. Azure DevOps has become our go to application for development. We are using it for full development life cycle, code repository, testing, deployment and verification.,Once set up it makes deployments to various environments a breeze YAML backend is a huge plus Large groups can work on the same solution seamlessly,More streamlined set up of CI/CD Better error messaging to explain why sometimes a build is successful and sometimes not Easier set up of deployment tools,10,Azure DevOps has allowed us to be much more agile with our deployments allowing us to save lots of money by not having to involve numerous teams to do deployments. This has been a positive ROI as it allows our developers to manage the full life cycle. We can now do break fix immediately and not when other users can get to it.,8,10,Apache Subversion, Visual SourceSafe and GitHub,GitHub, Apache SubversionGreat tool for DevOps methodology that can contribute with your projects and team performanceWe use Azure DevOps to manage all our projects across the whole organization. The project manager usually translates all software requirements to Azure DevOps and assign appropriate tasks to programmers. It is a very flexible tool to implement DevOps methodology. The project development is followed through the platform, as well as the team performance.,Easy representation of software requirements in user stories and tasks. It allows the tracking of activities and team performance It allows interaction between team members in a specific task You can use only a few tools to complement your existent workflow There is a free version for small teams (up to 5 users),Some small improvements could be done in the user interface. Sometimes the performance is low (some requests/queries are slow),9,We have now a better project management platform. The communication between team members and project owner has been significantly improved. Azure DevOps provides a code repository where you can store your code without worries.,9,10,RedmineA fully featured DevOps suiteWe're implementing entire product workflows with Azure DevOps: building, testing, staging and deploying. It's the perfect companion for Visual Studio and Git, so everyone just loves using it. It's a dream come true not having to switch to different front-ends to get our job done throughout the day, while keeping an amazing user experience.,Unified environment for all DevOps tasks and procedures Amazing User Experience within a beautiful UI Great marketplace extensions collection,Code merging has room for improvement Such a broad set of features can become confusing for the novice user,9,We've reduced task switching to a minimum, allowing our teams to keep focus on their jobs We're having great results from Azure DevOps Testing capabilities, allowing us to ship better products faster,,Microsoft SQL Server, Elasticsearch, Microsoft Power BIIntuitive and Powerful Tool for Microsoft-Aligned Product TeamsAzure DevOps is the standard at my company for software source code management and project/requirements management. The cloud-hosted software is being used across all teams to coordinate and track development activities, align release planning, and track work items for testing and verification. Previously we used tools such as Rally and Perforce to serve these needs, but we have standardized on Azure DevOps going forward.,Flexible Requirements Hierarchy Management: AZDO makes it easy to track items such as features or epics as a flat list, or as a hierarchy in which you can track the parent-child relationship. Fast Data Entry: AZDO was designed to facilitate quick data entry to capture work items quickly, while still enabling detailed capture of acceptance criteria and item properties. Excel Integration: AZDO stands out for its integration with MS Excel, which enables quick updates for bulk items.,Central Dashboard of Development Metrics: AZDO nests its dashboards in workflow-specific tracks, which is useful. Still, I'd like to see a home page personalized for each user which provides relevant updates on the most recent work items (updates to features, etc.) and work progress. Complex Queries: AZDO is great for simple queries, but complex queries and the display of results doesn't always produce intuitive results. For example, sorting and drag/drop can be unreliable in some views. I suspect the AZDO team will work out these issues over the next few releases. Lack of Themes: AZDO allows for the tracking of Epics and Initiatives, but there doesn't seem to be a structured interface for tracking product investment themes.,8,Fast Data Entry: Our teams have been able to capture product requirements and specification data very quickly for a large number of products. Cross-Org Collaboration: The ease of use has improved the speed at which product management users can onboard and become active with the tool. Reports: The intuitive ability to create and share reports have reduced the amount of time creating extracts from previous tools.Azure DevOps, the future of ALM with MicrosoftWe are using Azure DevOps to as part of our Application Lifecycle Management practice. We leverage it to move code up our different developmental landscape and use it to run automated tests and artifact deployments. Additionally, we use it to manage our resource edge points as well as refreshing servers post-deployment.,Easy to use and set up and extendable through marketplace. Highly flexible in configuration right out of the box. Agent allocation and provisioning is very easy.,Cost can be a little bit more transparent for agents. More information on their YAML strategy would help us plan better. More configuration options in agents would be good as well as on premise agents.,10,We can easily manage a large set of containers and developers with little manual intervention. We know what artifacts are deployed easily through the dashboard. Easy orchestration to move code up landscapes.,,Jenkins, Bitbucket, BambooGreat integrated collaborative environment for segregated teamsIt is being used by the IT Department to manage all steps of the main software development project, and the improvement and integration of the internal TMS (Transportation Management System). Consultants, analysts, developers, the Scrum Master, and the product owner can collaborate and control all their activities, with high visibility of the progress and particular issues. Enabling the Scrum work item template allowed the use of agile techniques and control over a highly demanded product backlog.,It offers an easy relationship between product backlog items, development tasks, and the source code changes. No overhead management tasks, people keep focused on product development and it reduces work time. Dashboards show the summary of the most important indicators, and offer different views for distinct professional roles, keeping people in touch with entire progress. Full support for Scrum artifacts and processes.,9,It helps to improve the delivery of prioritized and most valued tasks, enabling us to get results early and keep people motivated. The investments and ongoing costs were insignificant given the immediate collaborative environment that was established.,Microsoft SQL Server, Visual Studio IDE, Visual Studio Test ProfessionalBest IDE -->Visual StudioWe are using Microsoft VS (2010,2013,2017) with the integration of Team Foundation Server(TFS) with it. We are using it to keep track of the whole software development life cycle. Each developer regularly checks code changes with the addition of Visual Studio to the TFS. As for the integration side, we are using it to clean , build, and deploy the code changes to different servers to upgrade them to the latest version.,Visual Studio supports many languages like C#,HTML.C++ and many others. We can also make Visual Studio to support other different languages with the help of plugins, like for Java, Python, etc. We are using TFS with the VS, so it makes it easy to track the code and project changes, and if required we can also track the code of every single line to see what it means, by whom this code is written, and for which problem. A unique work item change order number is assigned to the changes that you are making, apart from your shelveset creation We can create the build definition through which we can automate the deployment and upgrade processes. It provides a lot of menus and options/templates through which we can make our computer application for enterprise or for non-enterprise We can easily integrate our customized/required menu in the VS through registry files or through deployment of the code,Need to make the changes so that it doesn't occupy most of the CPU utilization and memory Execution of Bulky SQl Queries leads to either the SQl being out of exception or the VS being unresponsive Integration with Microsoft products is easy, but with non-Microsoft products it is more difficult, and you have to make a lot of configuration changes to integrate With every upgrade of the Visual Studio, like from VS 2010 to VS 2013 , we need to upgrade our hardware/machine, as the VS hardware requirement also increases If code is getting compiled in one visual studio, like in VS 2010, that the same code could possibly give an error when compiled in VS 2013, due to certain changes in keyword, data format, etc., with the VS upgrade,8,It provides a great IDE to make things easier, clear, and compact. It has always been a positive ROI It's worth the money. I don't think any other software could replace the VS. It has helped us a lot to making things ready on time The only thing I dislike is that it takes a lot of memory space when in an idle state,,Microsoft SQL ServerMicrosoft Team System a way for developers to work at the same time on a project without any hassle.Microsoft Visual Studio Team System is being used by the dev team in the organization. As every developer is a part of a project, every developer has to access the TFS (team foundation server) in order to contribute to the project. MVSTS is solving some major business problems. For example, it allows version control of a file as the whole team is working on the project. TFS provides each developer a local copy of the file, as well as the server version. Developers can make the changes to their local file and test it and if everything goes well, then they can update it on the server for the customer.,Version control of the files: each developer has access to the server and regularly gets the latest server changes in his local box. The local file is maintained and also remains updated with the server version. The program also provides a different copy of a file so that it can be recovered in case of a failure from any individual developer box. Some features like shelveset creation, work item monitoring, and publishing the project database. I can access any developer's local box and see what changes he is doing if he has shared the shelveset with me. Applying any new changes and undoing them using the pending changes feature.,Once, I added a PDF file to my shelveset so that I could share my changes with my team, but they were unable to unshelve my changes. This is because PDFs cannot be opened in more than one box, and it was locked on my box. So, I had to undo it from my box, and even then it was only accessible to one person at a time. It was problematic. They should at least be able to open it in read-only mode. Lots of settings are necessary. However, if you accidentally uninstall one, instead of having to install it again, there should be a backup kind of thing for my profile settings in Visual Studio. The default compare and merge tool provided by Visual Studio does not fill our needs, and we need to install other products like Delta Walker or Araxis Merge.,8,Positive impact:- They have good features that are very crucial for the organization's development and reporting team. Positive impact:- Every developer is already familiar with Visual Studio's features, so in this sense return of investment is also good. Negative impact:- This technology is becoming obsolete and more advanced technologies are coming onto the market.,GitHub,Google Drive, Dropbox, Dropbox Business, OneDrive, Google Cloud Storage, Joomla!, Jabber, Evernote, Skype, Skype for BusinessGreat tool for process mappingMy department utilizes Microsoft Visual Studio to create workflows for the system, organization, and application process flows.,Great for documenting process flows. Great for developing org charts. Great for mapping out ideas and brainstorming.,I'd like to be able to set up the automatic spacing and organizing workflows to flow from top to bottom.,10,Positive: System development efficiency. Positive: Process mapping made easier.,MindManager,Microsoft SQL Server, OnBase by Hyland, Cisco Business Edition 6000 (BE6000),5000,,Process mapping Organization structuring Brainstorming,brainstorming,I'm not sure what else we could use it for.,10,Not Sure,,I wouldn't, great product.,Don't know,We did not encounter any serious issues.,10,10,No,My IT department works with Microsoft support.,Mapping process flows Brainstorming and throwing in symbols,Aligning arrows.,10Azure DevOps, Formerly VSTS, Makes your Life BetterWe use Microsoft VSTS, now Azure DevOps, in the IT department for our software development management. In the past, we used TFS coupled with other items. Since we're a Microsoft shop, it made complete sense to make the jump to VSTS. The automated features are great; we especially enjoy the build and deploy automation. We also like the board capabilities, better query option, and increased visibility Microsoft VSTS has given us over TFS. Microsoft is always adding new features as well, which helps us streamline or automate our processes even further.,Board view of the work we're doing. Project management has found this to be especially helpful and has enjoyed how configurable it is to our needs. Automation: From testing to the publishing process, there are plenty of options to automate workflows and processes. This has freed up resources and time for our teams to get more meaningful work done. Collaboration: Since we came from TFS, it's the small things that have enabled greater collaboration within the team and with other departments/stakeholders like the ability to tag individuals in comments, following an item and receive email updates, etc.,It would be nice to have a master board to see everything going on across all projects. This is more of a management view, I would think. For me, I'm having to jump back and forth between our projects. I would like to be able to projects on the master board if this view were available.,10,All positive so far. The automation mentioned previously has been a jump forward, freeing up department resources and time.,Team Foundation Server, Trello and Asana,Microsoft 365 BusinessVSTS is a great tool - but just for development teamsIt is being used and maintained by our engineering team for development work. Product management accesses VSTS to see project statuses and write user stories.,Writing detailed use stories Assigning people to tasks Allowing for attachments It has nice tools for gathering data for reporting purposes.,Having a more modern user interface which doesn't feel outdated. VSTS is very development team-centric. Development teams are working very closely with product management, who sets their tasks and priorities. There is no way in VSTS for product managers to develop product roadmaps based on product strategies and trickle that down to user stories for developers. The link between product management and development is missing. Tools like Estimably or something similar for pointing stories in an agile development setting would be very useful, as they are used daily by agile teams. More built-in visual reporting functionality that could be customized would be a huge asset.,7,It has saved our development team a lot of time in organizing sprints and communicating within the team effectively.,,Trello, Aha!, Quick BaseVSTS the best for Microsoft buildsVSTS is currently being used by one department at work but was I brought it into the company about six years ago. We currently use VSTS as a building and testing tool. We set up the builds and create tests to run after a build is successful. When I first started with VSTS I set it up to run on a daily basis and then had the developers correct the problems that were shown by the tests. This works very well and the developers like using it since they did not have to keep on integrating their changes together.,VSTS has a wonderful integration with Team Foundation Source control and Git. This is good because these were two source control systems that we used. VSTS can be scheduled to run its builds and test at various times of the day. This means it can in the middle of the night and be ready for the developers when they get in in the morning. VSTS handles Microsoft builds very easily. Building a .Net application can be set up with almost no work. You just have to use the Visual Studio solution that was used by the developers to create the application.,VSTS is very Microsoft centric. If the application you want to build is not based on Microsoft items such as C#, or Visual Basic it is very difficult to use. If you are using the latest version of VSTS then you will find a documentation problem. It can be very hard to find methods and help trying to get something running. Passing data between VSTS build steps is not easy. It can be done, but it is not a normal thing that you would Microsoft would have put into their product.,7,When I first VSTS it was with a team of developers who always work on their own. This project was the first one at the company that used six developers all work on the same product at the same time. Integrating someone else code into the system was an unknown entity. VSTS really helped move this new collaboration forward. The staff who were on this team then moved on work together on other teams because they knew how to handle this type of work. The learning curve on VSTS is quite large so make sure you have some of your best starting anew VSTS project. They will fail a few times but after a few mistakes they will get how to do things and your build, tests and deployments will all be automated. The user integration into VSTS is very good. As long as you developers can use Team Foundation Server source control, either Microsoft's or git, then they already have the permission to have VSTS access source control. This is very good.,Jenkins,Jenkins, Netwrix Auditor, NetsparkerVSTS will save you time/moneyMicrosoft Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) is being used currently only by IT and a few select people in the business unit. The main goal of using VSTS from the business perspective was to improve communication, work item management, improve planning and increase visibility into product management. For the developers in IT, it was imperative to have more integration between business requirement and code, moreover, it also expedited development workflow (code reviews, etc).,Work item management is fantastic and easy to use. It can be used as simply just tracking tasks, or as complex as tracing work items from multiple projects being assigned to a single developer. Work items can be customized easily to meet the needs of your organization as well, and it isn't difficult to manage the customization. Source code management is excellent and tied directly into VSTS. You have a choice of TFVC or GIT management options - we've switched to git and have not looked back. It is fully featured and commits can be tied directly to a work item using # tags. Metrics/dashboard - being able to write simple queries and move them to a dashboard in a few minutes is great. It enables team managers a quick board to review the status of a project and quickly act on any issues cropping up. Build and release management - if you don't have this... you'll want it. The integration is magic, the interface is easy, and to setup an automated build using the hosted agent was a breeze. We did have to purchase an additional license because of the number of builds we had, but it was worth it.,VSTS has a log of flexibility... almost too much. It's hard to actually decide how best to use it until you just set it up and try it out. Currently getting a list of work items on the main home page is messy. There's no hierarchy so it can sometimes be just a blast of work without any sorting or prioritization settings. There's a simple work-around to simply create a query for yourself and enable "search across multiple projects". That works alright, but it would be a better experience if the home page had this already covered. Teams management could be better. It's a little confusing, and not easy to setup. Our specific use case of having some teams able to only see their backlog and nothing else was not achievable in the current implementation of VSTS. As a result, whenever we have to contract out work, we end up creating a new Team Project. It's not all bad, because team project contents can be easily migrated to another project, but it's still a bit annoying.,10,Via acquisition, we had some Atlassian tools including Jira, bitbucket, and confluence licenses. Total cost for 25 users was close to $5000. Migrating the team to VSTS would net savings of close to $2500. If you're running TFS, you can save costs on: server licenses (you'll have at least 2 - one TFS, one build server). Save time on maintenance and upgrades of TFS.,JIRA Software, Atlassian Confluence, Bitbucket and Bamboo,Atlassian Confluence, JIRA Software, Bitbucket, Visual Studio IDE, Microsoft SQL Server, Fiorano ESBVisual Studio Team Services The Best IDE for developersVSTS is being used in our organization as the IDE standard of the development team, allowed thanks to its provision team foundation a better organization and delegation of functions in the work team. Visual Studio has allowed an efficient and effective organization and delegation of the work assigned to the development department, which has triggered a significant diversification in the market occupied by the company I represent.,It allows you to incorporate different languages, or written code in different encoding to the workflow without affecting the development to which it is oriented By using the Entity Framework you can establish the database design of the system in a correctly standardized and highly efficient way The debugging options allow you to have control of the code that is being made, in addition to having a large amount of plugins that allow to use this feature in different languages,There are few things that we can say in a negative way because a pending issue was the license and Visual Studio has a lite option that although it does not have all the features of the full version, allows you to fulfill the work planned The download size of the full version is usually very long and can take a long time to get it In case of applying the entity framework in non-standardized tables (already existing projects) it generates inconveniences in the creation of the entities,10,The management of the development department of the organization has improved considerably It has allowed programmers to grow professionally which is reflected in improvements in terms of the quality of the staff that works in the organization As a negative point, licensing costs are high, however, being more efficient as an organization allows for a greater number of challenges,Eclipse and NetBeans,Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Office 2016, Microsoft AzureVSTS - Great for sprint planning and executionMicrosoft Visual Studio Team System is used at my organization for engineer team backlog management, weekly (sprint) task planning, and day-to-day progress reporting.,If the backlog is well maintained, it provides a great "at a glance" view of forecasting/projections. It provides a nice visual for committed tasks that is sequestered from the larger group of "future" work. It allows for linking among backlog items that are related or dependent on each other.,It can be tricky to figure out the best way to use Iteration paths. It isn't easy to differentiate iterations for certain execution cadences (sprints 1 - 6 repeated every 6 weeks). There is not a great way to denote "code ownership" within the product (we use an external system to figure out who should be assigned what bug based on where the bug is in the code - not the UI).,8,It has provided some visuals that are helping my team improve on sprint focus and getting done what was committed for a given week/sprint.,JIRA Service DeskVSTS makes building and releasing applications a breezeThe team I work on uses Microsoft Visual Studio Team (VSTS) for code storage and versioning, as well as utilizing their build and release systems. This resolves multiple issues including removing the need for us to manage a local repository and helps automate the process of building and releasing new versions of our application by leveraging automatic processes triggered when branch is pushed to the remote server.,Code repository Automatic Build & Release,User management,8,VSTS has significantly reduced our build and release steps and timeVisual Studio Team Services - an agile workflow and CD/CI toolchain.Using VSTS in an agile fashion, we are using the change management features like view history, view changesets, compare, create shelvesets, and to create work items. We optionally could use VSTS for continuous integration/delivery to Azure, but the expense far outweighs AWS. VSTS has made us into a .net shop that is useful for checking in artifacts from Example Author, Microsoft Office/365, or other third party vendors.,Change management Continuous integration/delivery, automate application deployment Code reviews, conduct a design review VSTS online code editor Complete Azure integration Distributed workflow,Cost More robust API More straightforward comparison tool,10,Collaboration tools cut down on discrepancies between codebases. Time saver. Prohibitive cost. An open source alternative would be a great way to discover the benefits of the full version of VSTS. Hard to get acquainted with starting out, but makes sense after a few days. Obviously the Visual Studio IDE integration is top-notch.,,GitHub, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud StorageVisual Studio Team Services Quick OutlookMicrosoft Visual Studio Team System is being used in our organization for development and testing activities across multiple domains and multiple architectures of multiple products. The biggest business problem it addresses is disparity in branches and trunks of the applications that are being developed. Since the company is merging two vast platforms into one coming from TFS, the independent units working on shared libraries of the framework will eventually migrate everything to one unified WPF framework. Couple this with segregated API automation libraries, the global availability of shared resources with very good version controlling solves endless issues that can result in haphazard application delivery.,Global availability as opposed to having everything done in silos when teams are dispersed all over the world. Configuration and administration that reaches out to more people and has overall less impact than having to do spotted administration. Agile project management is easier to deal with in conjunction with some third-party SCRUM/Agile tools. Test Automation endeavors can be quickly ramped up as opposed to using other third party solutions that require greater technical resource overhead.,Possibly some test management and ALM desires that are left out. Some performance issues not related directly to internal network performance bottlenecks. It may be pricey from an initial outlook (for larger distributed teams) and that may throw off some companies with challenged budgets.,9,Streamlined development workflows Helped the integration of Agile/Scrum in all pockets of the company Allow for more robust code from a holistic view, not just developer to developer Allow for better test approachVisual Studio Team Services ReviewVisual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is being used by our client's organization, therefore, we didn't pick it ourselves. It is used by our project manager to manage the project and the various features we are developing. With VSTS, it is easy to implement the software development lifecycle using agile principles. Our client is huge on agile and VSTS is a good solution for that method of project management.,It's easy to see the work that you are assigned. VSTS also encourages the use of its additional details so features don't get confusing You can track progress of a particular sprint so you can see how far ahead or behind you are during a certain sprint Integration with git is excellent so viewing difference in files, previous commits, etc. are easy with VSTS,The Query functionality is hard to use. I understand that its supposed to let users get more control of what they want to see, but its not easy It's hard to see total hours spent on a project. I mentioned in the pro that you can track progress, but it's hard to track how much effort was already spent Build scripts can be confusing to use. Sometimes builds fail for random reasons, but to re-run a build can be confusing,10,Status meeting PowerPoint presentations are easier to make because of the progress tracking feature Time saved due to little or no confusion on who is assigned which task One-stop-shop for all project management activities,Trello and Excel,IntelliJ IDEA, Visual Studio IDE, Microsoft SQL ServerAll under one umbrellaIt is used across the organization. We use it for tracking tasks as well as for CICD.,Task management Capacity Management CICD,Once you add a new sprint, it does not automatically reflect in the left panel of work items. You have to select the iteration under default teams settings. This is a bit confusing and difficult to figure out if you don't know. When a task is marked as Resolved, the remaining time does not become 0 like it happens when you close the task. It may be a good idea to reset it to 0 for resolved tasks as well. The system allows you to close a user story which has open tasks under it. A warning mentioning this while closing the user story will be good.,10,The code version control, tasks, capacity all are in one place. So we don't have to move between tools to get the overall state of the project It allows adding users based on their email addresses, so if tasks are outsourced, it is very easy to include members external to the organization in the project team It can be shared with the client which leads to more transparency,SVN and Trello,Visual Studio IDE, Microsoft SQL Server, Zoom, Skype,20,Adding users to capacity and marking their planned leaves is a great feature Love the way we can have source code control linked with the user stories The burn chart is great to get a progress update at one glance,I an revising this review specifically to add this suggestion. We have a globally distributed team who work in different time zones. If you consider this scenario...I am in EST and we have some developers working during India business hours. Each developer works Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm IST and 7 hours capacity per day. On Monday, say at 1pm EST I am looking at the sprint and I see 35 hours for a developer. It will show up as green but it is actually red because his day has already ended and he has 28 hours left for the week. If we can add the time zone or working hours along with the capacity for each user, that will be awesome.,9VSTS as development team companionWe use VSTS as source repository for all the web projects. We also manage and assign the tasks of the development team. The continuous integration and the continuous deployment are provided with a mix of on premise installations and Azure instances. The project management monitor the projects advancement with customized reports.,Easy to install. Full integrated: source control, task management, report tools. Plugin for VS, Eclipse, Rider and many others.,Backup and restore is really slow.,9,One tool for source control, testing, task management and reporting.,Gitlab, GitHub and Apache SubversionNew guy on the VSTS block.We are moving our entire code base from on-prem TFS to Visual Studio Team System(VSTS) with GIT repositories. We are taking the opportunity to move to a complete continuous integration solution. We also feel that moving to GIT will improve code quality with the way that branches are lightweight and how code reviews are a fundamental part of the way you do things in GIT.,Integration with Visual Studio Option to use GIT or TFS repositories. Plugins galore.,I think the documentation lags too far behind the actual product. Troubleshooting could be easier. There are some glaring pieces missing or are just obscure to use. The way you publish a built website is pretty bizarre.,8,Since we are still transitioning, there hasn't been a real impact.,Team Foundation Server,Visual Studio IDE, Microsoft SQL Server, Atlassian Confluence, JIRA Service DeskVSTS for Agile Dev ShopsMicrosoft Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) is currently being used by Development, QA, Support, Production Operations, Development Operations, and is being slowly rolled into our business unit that practices Agile for business. We are using it to track epics, bugs, feature requests, and tasks. VSTS has greatly improved our workflows, tracking, metrics gathering, and reporting.,Bug, Feature Request and User Story Tracking Reporting Workflow planning,Integration with ZenDesk could be improved and expanded. Especially the ability to create VSTS ticket from ZenDesk using custom fields. Ability to add custom workflows steps to the completed column could be added.,8,We are having a little trouble with our support team due to the ZenDesk integration problems.,Axosoft,Microsoft Office 365, Azure SQL Database, Windows ServerA Solid Tracking and Deployment SystemVSTS is used across the organization for the full breadth of its features. It is used for bug and feature tracking, continuous integration builds, deploys, and automated testing. Every portion of development uses it, developers, quality assurance, product owners, etc. Everyone is in the system multiple times throughout the day to manage their workflows.,Integration of version control/pull requests to bug tracking. Multiple views of team work - lists, kanban boards, etc Supports the full product lifecycle from planning to deployment,The website has a tendency to log out, and the sign-in is a popup that bypasses password managers. All instances look the same. If you need to use multiple versions, it can be hard to tell which you are in. The security/permission system is strange and is not simply the sum of your roles.,7,It saves a lot of time in manually deploying code. Nightly builds catch errors sooner. The tracking keeps all our work in order.,TeamCity, JIRA Software and Jenkins,Visual Studio IDEVSTS just keeps on giving!VSTS is our ALM tool of choice, we use it to plan, collaborate and test. Over the years we have slowly rolled access out further to stakeholders and developers alike to ensure everyone is working from one tool which has ultimately resulted in shipping products much faster than before.,Source control - this is the primary reason we moved from in-house TFS to the online offering. It's fast and robust. Feature rich - there are a lot of useful features in VSTS that have become our go to tools. Test manager for bug reporting being a key one outside of the source control functionality.,User Interface isn't that intuitive - I think more could be done to make the User Experience much better. We have lost countless hours trying to do the simplest of things such as creating new iterations and making them visible in the UI.,8,Due to some UI/UX inconsistencies be prepared for a fairly steep learning curve when first using the system but as you begin using the system daily it is clear to see the benefits of using one unified system - less errors and more efficiency are to be had resulting in a long terms ROI.,GitHub, CollabNet TeamForge and JIRA Software,Telerik, WordPress, MS SharePoint / SQL
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August 19, 2019

Azure DevOps for large Enterprise

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Azure DevOps is currently used across the organization. Currently not all groups and departments are utilizing it however we are in the process of rolling out to these groups. Azure DevOps has become our go to application for development. We are using it for full development life cycle, code repository, testing, deployment and verification.
  • Once set up it makes deployments to various environments a breeze
  • YAML backend is a huge plus
  • Large groups can work on the same solution seamlessly
  • More streamlined set up of CI/CD
  • Better error messaging to explain why sometimes a build is successful and sometimes not
  • Easier set up of deployment tools
Azure DevOps is by far the leader out there. If you are a Microsoft shop there is no need to look elsewhere. This will handle everything you have with ease and then some. If you have older code then you may need to build some customizations to make it work but anything recent is seamless.
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August 12, 2019

Great tool for DevOps methodology that can contribute with your projects and team performance

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We use Azure DevOps to manage all our projects across the whole organization. The project manager usually translates all software requirements to Azure DevOps and assign appropriate tasks to programmers. It is a very flexible tool to implement DevOps methodology. The project development is followed through the platform, as well as the team performance.
  • Easy representation of software requirements in user stories and tasks.
  • It allows the tracking of activities and team performance
  • It allows interaction between team members in a specific task
  • You can use only a few tools to complement your existent workflow
  • There is a free version for small teams (up to 5 users)
  • Some small improvements could be done in the user interface.
  • Sometimes the performance is low (some requests/queries are slow)
Azure DevOps allows you to start with DevOps methodology in a fast and easy way. The graphical interface is great and it is suitable to small and big teams. It really helps you to manage projects, tasks and teams.
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May 16, 2019

A fully featured DevOps suite

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We're implementing entire product workflows with Azure DevOps: building, testing, staging and deploying. It's the perfect companion for Visual Studio and Git, so everyone just loves using it. It's a dream come true not having to switch to different front-ends to get our job done throughout the day, while keeping an amazing user experience.
  • Unified environment for all DevOps tasks and procedures
  • Amazing User Experience within a beautiful UI
  • Great marketplace extensions collection
  • Code merging has room for improvement
  • Such a broad set of features can become confusing for the novice user
It's a great way to normalize DevOps wokflows, allowing you to replace lots of different tools and get the job done with a unified package. Testing support is second to none. If you're just focusing on development with version control, than Visual Studio packed with Git will probably cover all your needs.
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May 01, 2019

Intuitive and Powerful Tool for Microsoft-Aligned Product Teams

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Azure DevOps is the standard at my company for software source code management and project/requirements management. The cloud-hosted software is being used across all teams to coordinate and track development activities, align release planning, and track work items for testing and verification. Previously we used tools such as Rally and Perforce to serve these needs, but we have standardized on Azure DevOps going forward.
  • Flexible Requirements Hierarchy Management: AZDO makes it easy to track items such as features or epics as a flat list, or as a hierarchy in which you can track the parent-child relationship.
  • Fast Data Entry: AZDO was designed to facilitate quick data entry to capture work items quickly, while still enabling detailed capture of acceptance criteria and item properties.
  • Excel Integration: AZDO stands out for its integration with MS Excel, which enables quick updates for bulk items.
  • Central Dashboard of Development Metrics: AZDO nests its dashboards in workflow-specific tracks, which is useful. Still, I'd like to see a home page personalized for each user which provides relevant updates on the most recent work items (updates to features, etc.) and work progress.
  • Complex Queries: AZDO is great for simple queries, but complex queries and the display of results doesn't always produce intuitive results. For example, sorting and drag/drop can be unreliable in some views. I suspect the AZDO team will work out these issues over the next few releases.
  • Lack of Themes: AZDO allows for the tracking of Epics and Initiatives, but there doesn't seem to be a structured interface for tracking product investment themes.
For development teams with a history of Microsoft tools alignment, Azure DevOps provides familiar patterns and interfaces. And for product management / product marketing users, the use of use of data entry and the Excel integration provide for easy on-ramps for learning and proficiency development. For teams that have used tools such as FogBugz, the boards and case layouts may take a little getting used to.
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July 18, 2019

Azure DevOps, the future of ALM with Microsoft

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We are using Azure DevOps to as part of our Application Lifecycle Management practice. We leverage it to move code up our different developmental landscape and use it to run automated tests and artifact deployments. Additionally, we use it to manage our resource edge points as well as refreshing servers post-deployment.
  • Easy to use and set up and extendable through marketplace.
  • Highly flexible in configuration right out of the box.
  • Agent allocation and provisioning is very easy.
  • Cost can be a little bit more transparent for agents.
  • More information on their YAML strategy would help us plan better.
  • More configuration options in agents would be good as well as on premise agents.
Azure DevOps is great for daily releases to QA and allowing developers to deploy to their own local environments if needed. Additionally, it's great for use in container fleet management if you want to have instances that can be brought up and torn upon demand based on the pipeline you are trying to use.
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February 16, 2019

Great integrated collaborative environment for segregated teams

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It is being used by the IT Department to manage all steps of the main software development project, and the improvement and integration of the internal TMS (Transportation Management System). Consultants, analysts, developers, the Scrum Master, and the product owner can collaborate and control all their activities, with high visibility of the progress and particular issues. Enabling the Scrum work item template allowed the use of agile techniques and control over a highly demanded product backlog.
  • It offers an easy relationship between product backlog items, development tasks, and the source code changes.
  • No overhead management tasks, people keep focused on product development and it reduces work time.
  • Dashboards show the summary of the most important indicators, and offer different views for distinct professional roles, keeping people in touch with entire progress.
  • Full support for Scrum artifacts and processes.
Team System is the best solution if you use Visual Studio Professional or Enterprise as your main development platform, especially if you have a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. Even though it can be used with any development project management framework it is better in an informal environment using Scrum.
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October 12, 2018

Best IDE -->Visual Studio

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We are using Microsoft VS (2010,2013,2017) with the integration of Team Foundation Server(TFS) with it. We are using it to keep track of the whole software development life cycle. Each developer regularly checks code changes with the addition of Visual Studio to the TFS. As for the integration side, we are using it to clean , build, and deploy the code changes to different servers to upgrade them to the latest version.
  • Visual Studio supports many languages like C#,HTML.C++ and many others. We can also make Visual Studio to support other different languages with the help of plugins, like for Java, Python, etc.
  • We are using TFS with the VS, so it makes it easy to track the code and project changes, and if required we can also track the code of every single line to see what it means, by whom this code is written, and for which problem.
  • A unique work item change order number is assigned to the changes that you are making, apart from your shelveset creation
  • We can create the build definition through which we can automate the deployment and upgrade processes.
  • It provides a lot of menus and options/templates through which we can make our computer application for enterprise or for non-enterprise
  • We can easily integrate our customized/required menu in the VS through registry files or through deployment of the code
  • Need to make the changes so that it doesn't occupy most of the CPU utilization and memory
  • Execution of Bulky SQl Queries leads to either the SQl being out of exception or the VS being unresponsive
  • Integration with Microsoft products is easy, but with non-Microsoft products it is more difficult, and you have to make a lot of configuration changes to integrate
  • With every upgrade of the Visual Studio, like from VS 2010 to VS 2013 , we need to upgrade our hardware/machine, as the VS hardware requirement also increases
  • If code is getting compiled in one visual studio, like in VS 2010, that the same code could possibly give an error when compiled in VS 2013, due to certain changes in keyword, data format, etc., with the VS upgrade
It has been a great tool when comes to code compilation. As a developer, it helps a lot for us to find issues in the code, as Microsoft Visual Studio Team System has the best debugging tools. We can also check the code line by line to find the exact line where the error is. Developers can also place their important code at their shelveset and can easily get it from there when they need to. As for integration, it helps us to compile large code and deploy the changes with a single GO.
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August 31, 2018

Microsoft Team System a way for developers to work at the same time on a project without any hassle.

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Microsoft Visual Studio Team System is being used by the dev team in the organization. As every developer is a part of a project, every developer has to access the TFS (team foundation server) in order to contribute to the project. MVSTS is solving some major business problems. For example, it allows version control of a file as the whole team is working on the project. TFS provides each developer a local copy of the file, as well as the server version. Developers can make the changes to their local file and test it and if everything goes well, then they can update it on the server for the customer.
  • Version control of the files: each developer has access to the server and regularly gets the latest server changes in his local box. The local file is maintained and also remains updated with the server version. The program also provides a different copy of a file so that it can be recovered in case of a failure from any individual developer box.
  • Some features like shelveset creation, work item monitoring, and publishing the project database.
  • I can access any developer's local box and see what changes he is doing if he has shared the shelveset with me.
  • Applying any new changes and undoing them using the pending changes feature.
  • Once, I added a PDF file to my shelveset so that I could share my changes with my team, but they were unable to unshelve my changes. This is because PDFs cannot be opened in more than one box, and it was locked on my box. So, I had to undo it from my box, and even then it was only accessible to one person at a time. It was problematic. They should at least be able to open it in read-only mode.
  • Lots of settings are necessary. However, if you accidentally uninstall one, instead of having to install it again, there should be a backup kind of thing for my profile settings in Visual Studio.
  • The default compare and merge tool provided by Visual Studio does not fill our needs, and we need to install other products like Delta Walker or Araxis Merge.
For large project or a large team, the product is well suited when this technology is already implemented, because nowadays for version control there are products like GitHub. For a company who is concerned about security, this is a way to make their projects accessible from their TFS, and no one can use it for personal use. This is also useful for maintaining a site that a group of developers are working on, where their work items need to change, like peer test, peer review etc.
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January 11, 2019

Great tool for process mapping

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My department utilizes Microsoft Visual Studio to create workflows for the system, organization, and application process flows.
  • Great for documenting process flows.
  • Great for developing org charts.
  • Great for mapping out ideas and brainstorming.
  • I'd like to be able to set up the automatic spacing and organizing workflows to flow from top to bottom.
Wonderful for process mapping.
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January 11, 2019

Azure DevOps, Formerly VSTS, Makes your Life Better

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We use Microsoft VSTS, now Azure DevOps, in the IT department for our software development management. In the past, we used TFS coupled with other items. Since we're a Microsoft shop, it made complete sense to make the jump to VSTS.

The automated features are great; we especially enjoy the build and deploy automation. We also like the board capabilities, better query option, and increased visibility Microsoft VSTS has given us over TFS. Microsoft is always adding new features as well, which helps us streamline or automate our processes even further.
  • Board view of the work we're doing. Project management has found this to be especially helpful and has enjoyed how configurable it is to our needs.
  • Automation: From testing to the publishing process, there are plenty of options to automate workflows and processes. This has freed up resources and time for our teams to get more meaningful work done.
  • Collaboration: Since we came from TFS, it's the small things that have enabled greater collaboration within the team and with other departments/stakeholders like the ability to tag individuals in comments, following an item and receive email updates, etc.
  • It would be nice to have a master board to see everything going on across all projects. This is more of a management view, I would think. For me, I'm having to jump back and forth between our projects. I would like to be able to projects on the master board if this view were available.
For us, as a Microsoft shop, it fits very well into what we're doing. This is especially true since we had used TFS for years. In fact, we wish we had made the transition sooner. Like all tools, there is a learning curve for everyone involved in the transition. It's taken our team time to learn the ins and out. And it's been a great leap forward for us. Microsoft VSTS may not be as friendly depending on the technologies you use. We've found it works well, even with non-Microsoft technologies. We're excited to see further tie-ins with GitHub and other technologies in the future.
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November 12, 2018

VSTS is a great tool - but just for development teams

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It is being used and maintained by our engineering team for development work. Product management accesses VSTS to see project statuses and write user stories.
  • Writing detailed use stories
  • Assigning people to tasks
  • Allowing for attachments
  • It has nice tools for gathering data for reporting purposes.
  • Having a more modern user interface which doesn't feel outdated.
  • VSTS is very development team-centric. Development teams are working very closely with product management, who sets their tasks and priorities. There is no way in VSTS for product managers to develop product roadmaps based on product strategies and trickle that down to user stories for developers. The link between product management and development is missing.
  • Tools like Estimably or something similar for pointing stories in an agile development setting would be very useful, as they are used daily by agile teams.
  • More built-in visual reporting functionality that could be customized would be a huge asset.
Great for development teams that don't work closely with a product management team.
Not suited for an organization where product management develops and prioritizes development work.
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June 06, 2018

VSTS the best for Microsoft builds

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VSTS is currently being used by one department at work but was I brought it into the company about six years ago. We currently use VSTS as a building and testing tool. We set up the builds and create tests to run after a build is successful. When I first started with VSTS I set it up to run on a daily basis and then had the developers correct the problems that were shown by the tests. This works very well and the developers like using it since they did not have to keep on integrating their changes together.
  • VSTS has a wonderful integration with Team Foundation Source control and Git. This is good because these were two source control systems that we used.
  • VSTS can be scheduled to run its builds and test at various times of the day. This means it can in the middle of the night and be ready for the developers when they get in in the morning.
  • VSTS handles Microsoft builds very easily. Building a .Net application can be set up with almost no work. You just have to use the Visual Studio solution that was used by the developers to create the application.
  • VSTS is very Microsoft centric. If the application you want to build is not based on Microsoft items such as C#, or Visual Basic it is very difficult to use.
  • If you are using the latest version of VSTS then you will find a documentation problem. It can be very hard to find methods and help trying to get something running.
  • Passing data between VSTS build steps is not easy. It can be done, but it is not a normal thing that you would Microsoft would have put into their product.
If you are building a build system for a Microsoft product that doesn't have a lot of steps, VSTS is something that should be looked at. If you want to deploy your application to Azure it is even better. Running Visual Studio to build, run tests and perform load and performance tests works very well. Just be prepared to have your initial setup take some time.
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June 05, 2018

VSTS will save you time/money

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Microsoft Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) is being used currently only by IT and a few select people in the business unit. The main goal of using VSTS from the business perspective was to improve communication, work item management, improve planning and increase visibility into product management. For the developers in IT, it was imperative to have more integration between business requirement and code, moreover, it also expedited development workflow (code reviews, etc).
  • Work item management is fantastic and easy to use. It can be used as simply just tracking tasks, or as complex as tracing work items from multiple projects being assigned to a single developer. Work items can be customized easily to meet the needs of your organization as well, and it isn't difficult to manage the customization.
  • Source code management is excellent and tied directly into VSTS. You have a choice of TFVC or GIT management options - we've switched to git and have not looked back. It is fully featured and commits can be tied directly to a work item using # tags.
  • Metrics/dashboard - being able to write simple queries and move them to a dashboard in a few minutes is great. It enables team managers a quick board to review the status of a project and quickly act on any issues cropping up.
  • Build and release management - if you don't have this... you'll want it. The integration is magic, the interface is easy, and to setup an automated build using the hosted agent was a breeze. We did have to purchase an additional license because of the number of builds we had, but it was worth it.
  • VSTS has a log of flexibility... almost too much. It's hard to actually decide how best to use it until you just set it up and try it out.
  • Currently getting a list of work items on the main home page is messy. There's no hierarchy so it can sometimes be just a blast of work without any sorting or prioritization settings. There's a simple work-around to simply create a query for yourself and enable "search across multiple projects". That works alright, but it would be a better experience if the home page had this already covered.
  • Teams management could be better. It's a little confusing, and not easy to setup. Our specific use case of having some teams able to only see their backlog and nothing else was not achievable in the current implementation of VSTS. As a result, whenever we have to contract out work, we end up creating a new Team Project. It's not all bad, because team project contents can be easily migrated to another project, but it's still a bit annoying.
Anyone who is currently using TFS should migrate to VSTS immediately. Having maintained TFS servers in the past, this is substantially easier. Additionally, the web interface has gotten easier to use and features to move work items between projects has improved greatly. We're also in the process of migrating away from our Atlassian toolset - so it gives you an idea of how versatile the product really is.
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June 26, 2018

Visual Studio Team Services The Best IDE for developers

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VSTS is being used in our organization as the IDE standard of the development team, allowed thanks to its provision team foundation a better organization and delegation of functions in the work team. Visual Studio has allowed an efficient and effective organization and delegation of the work assigned to the development department, which has triggered a significant diversification in the market occupied by the company I represent.
  • It allows you to incorporate different languages, or written code in different encoding to the workflow without affecting the development to which it is oriented
  • By using the Entity Framework you can establish the database design of the system in a correctly standardized and highly efficient way
  • The debugging options allow you to have control of the code that is being made, in addition to having a large amount of plugins that allow to use this feature in different languages
  • There are few things that we can say in a negative way because a pending issue was the license and Visual Studio has a lite option that although it does not have all the features of the full version, allows you to fulfill the work planned
  • The download size of the full version is usually very long and can take a long time to get it
  • In case of applying the entity framework in non-standardized tables (already existing projects) it generates inconveniences in the creation of the entities
VSTS is a software that can be used by advanced programmers, and it is also an excellent option in a team of developers that begin to train and become familiar with an IDE. It can be used in large development teams or in particular developments is perfectly adapted to the needs of the developer.
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May 14, 2018

VSTS - Great for sprint planning and execution

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Microsoft Visual Studio Team System is used at my organization for engineer team backlog management, weekly (sprint) task planning, and day-to-day progress reporting.
  • If the backlog is well maintained, it provides a great "at a glance" view of forecasting/projections.
  • It provides a nice visual for committed tasks that is sequestered from the larger group of "future" work.
  • It allows for linking among backlog items that are related or dependent on each other.
  • It can be tricky to figure out the best way to use Iteration paths.
  • It isn't easy to differentiate iterations for certain execution cadences (sprints 1 - 6 repeated every 6 weeks).
  • There is not a great way to denote "code ownership" within the product (we use an external system to figure out who should be assigned what bug based on where the bug is in the code - not the UI).
I love using VSTS for sprint planning and daily task execution. It provides a central hub for viewing all new features and bug fix work that a team has committed to in a given iteration.
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April 12, 2018

VSTS makes building and releasing applications a breeze

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The team I work on uses Microsoft Visual Studio Team (VSTS) for code storage and versioning, as well as utilizing their build and release systems. This resolves multiple issues including removing the need for us to manage a local repository and helps automate the process of building and releasing new versions of our application by leveraging automatic processes triggered when branch is pushed to the remote server.
  • Code repository
  • Automatic Build & Release
  • User management
VSTS is well suited for just about any coding project that can be built and deployed on a Windows platform. Building platform-specific languages is not as easy to build on their cloud server, but private agents can also be set up on target systems to allow for building in just about any environment.
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March 06, 2018

Visual Studio Team Services - an agile workflow and CD/CI toolchain.

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Using VSTS in an agile fashion, we are using the change management features like view history, view changesets, compare, create shelvesets, and to create work items. We optionally could use VSTS for continuous integration/delivery to Azure, but the expense far outweighs AWS. VSTS has made us into a .net shop that is useful for checking in artifacts from Example Author, Microsoft Office/365, or other third party vendors.
  • Change management
  • Continuous integration/delivery, automate application deployment
  • Code reviews, conduct a design review
  • VSTS online code editor
  • Complete Azure integration
  • Distributed workflow
  • Cost
  • More robust API
  • More straightforward comparison tool
Well suited for .net shops, distributed/offshore outsourcing, or small scale development. Less suitable for isolated or modular component development. Although the API is suitable, the licensing cost may be prohibitive for open source projects. VSTS is an end to end change management and collaboration tool that has a robust feature set for the enterprise. A VS Code-like analog companion similar to VSTS for no charge would be excellent.
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March 01, 2018

Visual Studio Team Services Quick Outlook

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Microsoft Visual Studio Team System is being used in our organization for development and testing activities across multiple domains and multiple architectures of multiple products. The biggest business problem it addresses is disparity in branches and trunks of the applications that are being developed. Since the company is merging two vast platforms into one coming from TFS, the independent units working on shared libraries of the framework will eventually migrate everything to one unified WPF framework. Couple this with segregated API automation libraries, the global availability of shared resources with very good version controlling solves endless issues that can result in haphazard application delivery.
  • Global availability as opposed to having everything done in silos when teams are dispersed all over the world.
  • Configuration and administration that reaches out to more people and has overall less impact than having to do spotted administration.
  • Agile project management is easier to deal with in conjunction with some third-party SCRUM/Agile tools.
  • Test Automation endeavors can be quickly ramped up as opposed to using other third party solutions that require greater technical resource overhead.
  • Possibly some test management and ALM desires that are left out.
  • Some performance issues not related directly to internal network performance bottlenecks.
  • It may be pricey from an initial outlook (for larger distributed teams) and that may throw off some companies with challenged budgets.
In larger distributed teams or even smaller local teams, MVST is a big contender in application/architecture delivery. In areas where there might be a finite amount of resources or the development can be done more out of a "shrink wrapped" solution, without the need for large configuration of an IDE, it may be suited to stay simpler and do something else besides MVST.
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April 10, 2018

Visual Studio Team Services Review

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Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is being used by our client's organization, therefore, we didn't pick it ourselves. It is used by our project manager to manage the project and the various features we are developing. With VSTS, it is easy to implement the software development lifecycle using agile principles. Our client is huge on agile and VSTS is a good solution for that method of project management.
  • It's easy to see the work that you are assigned. VSTS also encourages the use of its additional details so features don't get confusing
  • You can track progress of a particular sprint so you can see how far ahead or behind you are during a certain sprint
  • Integration with git is excellent so viewing difference in files, previous commits, etc. are easy with VSTS
  • The Query functionality is hard to use. I understand that its supposed to let users get more control of what they want to see, but its not easy
  • It's hard to see total hours spent on a project. I mentioned in the pro that you can track progress, but it's hard to track how much effort was already spent
  • Build scripts can be confusing to use. Sometimes builds fail for random reasons, but to re-run a build can be confusing
VSTS is best used in an environment or company where everyone is sold on the idea of agile. In a highly competitive landscape, agile is important and VSTS is a tool that aids this ideology. If your organization is still using waterfall and doesn't plan on changing, I would look elsewhere.
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January 15, 2018

All under one umbrella

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It is used across the organization. We use it for tracking tasks as well as for CICD.
  • Task management
  • Capacity Management
  • CICD
  • Once you add a new sprint, it does not automatically reflect in the left panel of work items. You have to select the iteration under default teams settings. This is a bit confusing and difficult to figure out if you don't know.
  • When a task is marked as Resolved, the remaining time does not become 0 like it happens when you close the task. It may be a good idea to reset it to 0 for resolved tasks as well.
  • The system allows you to close a user story which has open tasks under it. A warning mentioning this while closing the user story will be good.
I believe it can be used in all projects, big or small. All projects are broken down into subtasks and VSTS is a great tool to manage subtasks and capacity.
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November 14, 2017

VSTS as development team companion

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We use VSTS as source repository for all the web projects. We also manage and assign the tasks of the development team.
The continuous integration and the continuous deployment are provided with a mix of on premise installations and Azure instances.
The project management monitor the projects advancement with customized reports.
  • Easy to install.
  • Full integrated: source control, task management, report tools.
  • Plugin for VS, Eclipse, Rider and many others.
  • Backup and restore is really slow.
VSTS is recommended in a scenario where a very lot of projects have to be managed on premise. The possibility to mix the on premise version with the online version allows to create customized scenario to easily adapt to every teams and technologies.
The task management integrated in the IDE is a plus.
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October 17, 2017

New guy on the VSTS block.

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We are moving our entire code base from on-prem TFS to Visual Studio Team System(VSTS) with GIT repositories. We are taking the opportunity to move to a complete continuous integration solution. We also feel that moving to GIT will improve code quality with the way that branches are lightweight and how code reviews are a fundamental part of the way you do things in GIT.
  • Integration with Visual Studio
  • Option to use GIT or TFS repositories.
  • Plugins galore.
  • I think the documentation lags too far behind the actual product.
  • Troubleshooting could be easier.
  • There are some glaring pieces missing or are just obscure to use. The way you publish a built website is pretty bizarre.
I think it is a great place for a Microsoft shop to move to. If you are already on a TFS based system, there are a lot of tools to move your code base to Visual Studio Team System. I think it is overkill fone-mane man band. Just use GIT and set up build agents locally if that is the case.
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September 22, 2017

VSTS for Agile Dev Shops

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Microsoft Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) is currently being used by Development, QA, Support, Production Operations, Development Operations, and is being slowly rolled into our business unit that practices Agile for business. We are using it to track epics, bugs, feature requests, and tasks. VSTS has greatly improved our workflows, tracking, metrics gathering, and reporting.
  • Bug, Feature Request and User Story Tracking
  • Reporting
  • Workflow planning
  • Integration with ZenDesk could be improved and expanded. Especially the ability to create VSTS ticket from ZenDesk using custom fields.
  • Ability to add custom workflows steps to the completed column could be added.
This is an ideal tool for Scrum software shops.
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September 12, 2017

A Solid Tracking and Deployment System

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VSTS is used across the organization for the full breadth of its features. It is used for bug and feature tracking, continuous integration builds, deploys, and automated testing. Every portion of development uses it, developers, quality assurance, product owners, etc. Everyone is in the system multiple times throughout the day to manage their workflows.
  • Integration of version control/pull requests to bug tracking.
  • Multiple views of team work - lists, kanban boards, etc
  • Supports the full product lifecycle from planning to deployment
  • The website has a tendency to log out, and the sign-in is a popup that bypasses password managers.
  • All instances look the same. If you need to use multiple versions, it can be hard to tell which you are in.
  • The security/permission system is strange and is not simply the sum of your roles.
VSTS is good for any feature tracking. The build and deploys are platform independent, but as this is a Microsoft product the integrations are better for Microsoft products. If you are using entirely non-Microsoft, this is probably not the best tool for you. If you are a pure or mostly Microsoft shop, this will give you many integrations out of the box that you would need to install or build for a competing product.
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October 23, 2017

VSTS just keeps on giving!

Score 8 out of 10
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VSTS is our ALM tool of choice, we use it to plan, collaborate and test.

Over the years we have slowly rolled access out further to stakeholders and developers alike to ensure everyone is working from one tool which has ultimately resulted in shipping products much faster than before.
  • Source control - this is the primary reason we moved from in-house TFS to the online offering. It's fast and robust.
  • Feature rich - there are a lot of useful features in VSTS that have become our go to tools. Test manager for bug reporting being a key one outside of the source control functionality.
  • User Interface isn't that intuitive - I think more could be done to make the User Experience much better. We have lost countless hours trying to do the simplest of things such as creating new iterations and making them visible in the UI.
VSTS has grown at a rate of knots over the years and it truly is becoming a one stop solution for full Application Lifetime Management.
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