To keep the Microsoft Certified Solution Developer: Application Lifecycle Management (MCSD:ALM) certification current you must complete a recertification exam every two years. Since the release of the MCSD:ALM certification, many of our students have taken our TFS courses to help them prepare for the exams.
As the two year recertification deadline starts to arrive, early charter exam members are facing the task of preparing for the recertification exam. Here are some helpful resources to help you focus your study.
If you do not currently hold the MCSD:ALM certification, you will be required to complete three exams to earn this certification. QuickLearn Training offers great instructor led courses to help you prepare for these exams.
During the first run of our new Build, Release and Monitor software with Visual Studio 2013 course this week we had a special guest presenter for the topics of Application Insights and Cloud Load Testing.
A big thanks to Chuck Sterling for providing not only an informative session but an entertaining one as well. I expected nothing else
The course was a huge success and will be a regular part of our TFS 2013 schedule. Check when this course is running next.
Here’s a couple of comments from students on this course.
“Excellent instructor. I’m appreciative of the real world stories and helpful tips on additional reading material on MS-Build.” ~ Reza
“Very knowledgeable, very willing to answer questions and explain. Very patient. In many of these online courses, I fight to stay focused but Anthony kept my full attention throughout the course. ” ~ Lana
As the TFS courseware author and lead ALM trainer for QuickLearn, I work hard to try to make sure our eight TFS 2013 courses are best of breed. Students who attend our training are often doing so not only for the skills and knowledge to help them do their job more efficiently, but quite a few are also attending the course as preparation for the Microsoft ALM Certification.
This morning I opened my inbox to find the following email from a student I had on one of our courses two weeks ago.
To Anthony Borton and the QuickLearn Team
I took exam 70-496 today and passed. This was due to your excellent coverage of the myriad of detail required for TFS Administration and use. I recommend your courses to all who wish to be successful with TFS.
While I am in this profession because of my passion for helping people succeed, getting this feedback is also very rewarding.
Thanks for letting us know how you got on with the exam Tom and congratulations on passing the exam. I hope to see you again when you’re studying for the next exam.
Two exciting new courses added to our TFS 2013 curriculum
QuickLearn Training is expanding its TFS Curriculum with two new courses being added to our range. With both the most up-to-date and comprehensive TFS curriculum, you know you’re in good hands when you book on one of our courses.
Build, Release, and Monitor Software Using Visual Studio 2013
This new 3 day introductory level course is focuses on the following components of Visual Studio 2013;
- Team Build
- Release Management for Visual Studio 2013
- Application Insights
As the title says, if you want to improve the way you build, release and monitor your applications, this is the course for you. Like all of our courses, you can attend this training on our public schedule or we can run it onsite for you.
Download full outline (PDF) | View TFS 2013 course dates
Applied Scrum Using Visual Studio 2013
Achieving success in your software development projects requires understanding of both your development tools and processes. This 3 day course aims to help address both of these by teaching you the Scrum Framework and how to apply it using the Visual Studio 2013 product at the same time. This course is ideal for getting your entire team pointing in the same direction and using Visual Studio as effectively as possible. Bring us onsite now to deliver this exciting new course.
Download full outline (PDF) | View TFS 2013 course dates
QuickLearn is committed to the ALM community and have signed up as Gold Sponsors for the upcoming ALM Forum Seattle 2014.
BEFORE THE EVENT – WIN A FREE TICKET
You can win a free ticket (valued at $ 1,895) to the ALM Forum Seattle on 1st-3rd April 2014. We have two free tickets to give away to lucky readers of our newsletter. We’ll be announcing details on how to enter the draw in our newsletter. If you’re not a subscriber, you can sign up from our community page.
AT THE EVENT
Come and see us at our booth and learn about the world’s most comprehensive TFS training curriculum. We’ll have two of our TFS trainers available to discuss your training requirements. You can also go into the draw from some great prizes including the Lenovo 64Gb Thinkpad 8 Tablet. This amazing device was a true standout at the CES conference in Las Vegas earlier this year!
Since the official release of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 in November we’ve been testing our newest course updates and we’re pleased to be launching our new 2013 courses at the end of this month.
If you either working with, or thinking of working with Microsoft’s latest release then you should take a look at the following courses.
- Jan 27-29 TFS 2013 Configuration and Administration
- Jan 30-31 TFS 2013 Developer Fundamentals
- Feb 3-7 ALM Solutions using Visual Studio TFS 2013
- Feb 10-11 Managing Projects with Visual Studio TFS 2013
- Feb 12-14 Software Testing with Visual Studio 2013
You can find out more and register for these course on our dedicated TFS 2013 page.
We’re also planning on releasing an additional three TFS 2013 related courses in the coming months.
QuickLearn’s lead ALM instructor and curriculum author, Anthony Borton, will be presenting a one day hands-on pre-conference workshop at the ALM Forum in Seattle in April 2014.
The ALM Forum (previously ALM Summit) is a three day event focusing on all things ALM. There is an awesome cast of speakers lined up for this year including keynotes from Scott Ambler, Steve Denning and Ken Schwaber. James Whittaker and Dave West are delivering plenary sessions as well.
The details of the pre-conference workshop are as follows.
TITLE: Managing your Application Lifecycle with TFS
DATE: Monday, March 31st 2014. (Day before conference)
As a member of an Agile development team, you want to learn the best practices for setting up a new project on Team Foundation Server, so that your team can get the best possible start for delivering better software, more frequently.
In this workshop, attendees will start by setting up a brand new Team Project on TFS 2013 and then proceed to configure everything required to get their team ready for their first iteration.
Some of the key topics include:
- Entering our requirements and setting up our portfolio backlog
- Configuring our two teams with independent backlogs and taskboards
- Introducing the team members to the appropriate tools for their role
- Fostering collaboration using Team Rooms and adding users and events
- Preparing version control for our developers to get started
- Getting QA ready to kick off with their first test plan
- Leveraging the out of the box reports and creating ad-hoc reports
To find out more or to register visit the workshop page.
To find out more about the ALM Forum Seattle 2014, visit http://www.alm-forum.com
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?