Visual Studio vNext Application Lifecycle Management

Today kicked off TechEd 2011 and there’s no shortage of news coming out of the conference. Most notable is what Visual Studio has to offer concerning application lifecycle management (ALM). During the keynote session, Jason Zander (corporate vice president of the Visual Studio Team in the Developer Division at Microsoft) outlined how we are continuing the investment in Visual Studio vNext ALM to enable teams to be even better integrated across the entire lifecycle to deliver competitive differentiated software with less risk, faster timelines and better visibility. As proof points, he talked about the investments in stakeholder feedback, storyboarding and improved agile planning in addition to covering updates to prior investments including test.


  • Agile Requirements (Storyboard Assistant [PowerPoint Plugin])
  • Agile Coding (Code Review, MyWork)
  • Agile Project Management (TaskBoard, Planning Boards, Project Server Integration)
  • Agile Quality Assurance (Exploratory Testing, Unit Testing, Code Clone Detection)
  • SCOM / TFS Connector CTP
  • Production IntelliTrace
  • TFS on Windows Azure


For a more in-depth view of these enhancements check out Jason’s blog as well as the Visual Studio website: and the MSDN site:


I’d say it’s safe to say that our vision is to simplify ALM by improving the flow of information between key stakeholders involved in building, planning and managing applications regardless of where they sit in the organization.