March 1, 2013 Leave a comment
Completed my MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management certification journey!
Nice time studying and practicing the new features of the Microsoft ALM 2012 products stack during the last months. SEVERAL new GREAT features and other platform enhancements!
See below some tips for everyone who is in the same track studying and looking forward to this cert.
3 exams = 1 Certification
70-496: Administering Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012
70-497: Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012
70-498: Delivering Continuous Value with Visual Studio 2012 Application Lifecycle Management
While we still do not have the official MS Learning MOC materials/trainings available, there are already some relevant source references to prepare for them.
The 70-497 was the easiest one – it is an exam based on Microsoft Test Manager features. So, if MTM is a familiar tool for you, then you are good to go! I believe even if you do not have much experience with MTM, you can rapidly build various MTM skills performing Brian Keller’s ALM hands-on-labs per below.
The 70-498 was definitely the toughest exam – you have all sort of questions: Agile/Scrum Project Management and TFS 2012 Processes, OO best practices, development, Continuous Integration/Deployment, etc etc etc.
Certification Exam Cram Webinars
Go to this site and register for the following webinar sessions to get more insight and tips for what to expect in all 3 exams – ALM Exam Cram Webinars
The ALM specialists are Anthony Borton & Nick Hauenstein and these are the slides they cover during the sessions – http://images.quicklearn.com/tfs/examcram.pdf
I also recommend downloading the ALM Virtual Machine from Brian Keller’s web site and practicing most of the ALM hands-on-lab documents that comes with it – it is really very helpful! They are practical hands-on-lab scenarios on TFS 2012 components/features and Visual Studio ALM features like exploring the Architecture tools of Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate.
Brian recently released also a new Virtual Machine for DevOps (Development and Operations/Support) teams integration, containing Team Foundation Server 2012 and System Center 2012 Operations Manager integration. Have not tried that yet, but playing around with this VM might help with the some 498 exam topics of the objective: Integrate Development and Operations (17%).
TFS Book to help studying for 70-496
Professional Team Foundation Server 2012 – Wrox (792 p)
TFS References to help preparing for 70-497
- Testing the Application @ MSDN – Look for the Microsoft Test Manager topics like this one System Testing Your Application Using Microsoft Test Manager.
- Free e-book: Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012
- See the Manual Testing labs with MTM 2012 from Brian Keller VM as well.
ALM Books to help you to study for 70-498
- Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 – Microsoft Press (386 p) – Official book recommended by Microsoft for this exam. Though, I have not read it.
- Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012: Adopting Agile Software Practices – Addison-Wesley Professional (320 p) – I’ve read some chapters of this great book and indeed helped with this exam. http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/software-engineering-and-development/agile-development/9780133119190
- Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012 – Wrox (600 p) – Excellent book since the 2010 version of the products. I have already ready it and definitely recommend!
- Pro Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012 – Apress (668 p)
Still for the 70-498 exam:
- Do not forget the rich ALM MSDN documentation at: Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.
- For instance, these sections are definitely significant to the 498 exam: Planning and Tracking Projects, Agile Planning and Iterations, Storyboard Backlog Items, Plan/Run/Finish an Iteration.
- Take a look also at the The Scrum Guide (16 p).
That’s it – Good luck running your exam!
Silfarney Wallace | @silwallace