Managing Agile Projects Using VSTS

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This three-day course provides project managers, scrum masters, and team leads with the essential skills required to effectively manage a software development project using Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS).

The course focuses on Agile methodologies, and includes discussions and content focused on both Scrum and Kanban practices. We look at how VSTS supports the team during the sprint planning and daily Scrum events, as well as how to create and manage the product backlog and sprint backlog artifacts.

Attendees will plan a new software development project and go through the steps to initiate the project using VSTS. This includes recording requirements, creating a product backlog, and estimating effort for backlog items. We’ll cover planning and running a sprint as well as using the task board and burndown chart to track progress.

The class also covers using storyboards to prototype experiences, requesting stakeholder feedback, team collaboration, and reporting.

This course includes hands-on labs to reinforce practical skills and ensure that you’re ready to use the tools upon your return to the workplace. All demonstrations and hands-on exercises use Visual Studio Team Services. All Scrum content adheres to the latest version of the official Scrum Guide and provides helpful preparation for anyone considering gaining Scrum certification.

Before taking this course, attendees should have some familiarity with leading a software development team.

3 Days/Lecture & Lab

This course is designed for project managers, Scrum masters, business analysts, and team leaders looking to effectively manage their development projects using Visual Studio Team Services.

Introducing the Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 Family

  • Initiating a New Project
  • Getting Our Team Started
  • Creating our Product Backlog
  • Enhancing Requirements
  • Agile Estimation
  • Working in Sprints (Planning)
  • Working in Sprints (Execution)
  • Working in Sprints (Delivery)
  • Retrospectives
  • Working from the Product Backlog
  • A Closer Look at Work Items
  • Tracking Progress with Dashboards and Reports
  • Getting Stakeholder Feedback




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