MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management Certification

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

You can take them in any order – the one you feel more comfortable!

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.

For tips around the TFS Administration exam 70-496 take a look at this post – Team Foundation Server 2012 Exam 70-496. See also Administering Team Foundation Server documentation @ MSDN.

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 –

Hands-On-Labs Practice

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

ALM Books to help you to study for 70-498

Still for the 70-498 exam:

That’s it – Good luck running your exam!

Silfarney Wallace | @silwallace

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