My VSTS Presentation at SDN

Last week I had the privilege of giving a presentation at the Software Development Network conference. There was a nice turn-out of around 50 people. After a couple of slides I had one big demo that showed the different elements of Visual Studio Team Services such as Plan, Code, Build, Test, Release and Monitor.

You can find the presentation here: From 0 to 60. After the slides I included a series of screenshots that take you through the demo (in case of a failing internet connection!).

During the presentation we had some interesting questions and discussion points like:

  • My team uses an on-premises TFS. When will all the new features of VSTS be available for TFS?

You can check the Visual Studio Team Services Features Timeline to see when features will be available for TFS.

  • My testers work in an Agile way. Can they use the testing features without having to create huge test cases upfront?

Yes. You can use Exploratory Testing. You can run an Exploratory Testing session with Microsoft Test Manager or with the new extension for Chrome.

  • What’s Kanban?

Through a demo I showed how to use and configure the Kanban board. To get a grasp of the basics of Kanban, you can find info on MSDN.

  • What’s the Marketplace for VSTS and is it useful?

It’s absolutely useful! The Marketplace allows you to find an install extensions for Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services, Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Code. You can find small, easy to use extensions like Folder Management and Branch Delete and more complex extensions like Work Item Visualization and File owner.

  • Who are the ALM Rangers?

I always insert a slide that explains what we do as ALM Rangers. Often people haven’t heard of us yet but have already used guidance or tooling that we build. You can find more info at

Questions or other feedback? Please leave a comment. 


Wouter de Kort works as a lead architect and consultant. He helps organizations stay on the cutting edge of software development. Wouter focuses on DevOps. He loves solving complex problems and helping other developers to grow. Wouter authored the book DevOps on the Microsoft stack and a couple of other books. Wouter is a Microsoft MVP and an ALM Ranger. You can find him on Twitter (@wouterdekort), on his blog at and at the various conferences where Wouter speaks.


4 Responses

  1. Not all extensions on the MarketPlace are available for TFS, but only for VSTS. Any ideas how to stimulate plugin writers to develop for both ?

    • It’s not hard to develop for both. A VSTS extension should work without any modifications on TFS. It’s just a simple setting in the configuration file. If you have a specific extension in mind, I would leave a reply on the Marketplace page of the extension. I know that most extension builders (at least all ALM Rangers) check regularly for new comments.

      At this moment, Widget extensions can’t run on-premises yet. That should change somewhere in the future.

  2. Hi WouterDeKort,
    I am brand new to TFS With Release management. Will RM support Java Application deployment and how it can be achieved in Release management

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