The Visual Studio ALM | DevOps Rangers provide practical guidance, experience, and gap-filling solutions to the developer community.
As a team the Rangers have come to value the following:Razor sharp focus onquality and detail on the work we do
Accountability and commitment
- Favor simplicity and low tech over complexity
- Expect and adapt to change, delivering incremental value
Non-stop and unrestricted collaboration
- Actively manage the project triangle attributes: features, bandwidth and cost
- Never go dark … always share the good, the bad and the ugly with the team
Global transparency and visibility through collaboration and shared infrastructure
- Empower the community
- Embrace open communications
Empathy, trust, humility, honesty and openness at all times
- For all initiatives, track and publish status on a timely basis
- Access to everything for everyone
Regular dogfooding of Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management tools
- No one knows everything; as a team we know more
- Learn from and share all experiences
- Improve productivity of Ranger teams
- Gather and share real-life experiences
Who are we?
We are a group of around 100 part-time volunteer engineers and 2 full-time Ranger PMs, scattered across the globe.
What do we do?
We are focused primarily on the delivery of out-of-band tooling and practical guidance to remove adoption blockers in real world environments. Typically a Ranger solution is a hybrid of practical guidance and supporting out-of-band tooling and sample code.
Why do we do it?
We do what we do, to help accelerate the adoption of Visual Studio ALM and DevOps. We gather actionable product feedback from real-world situations and customers and relay this to the Product Group, as well as identifying gaps in the product and filling them!Typically, the Rangers spend their personal hours to do the Rangers project work, and, not just anyone is invited to participate — Rangers need to be knowledgeable about Visual Studio, ALM, and DevOps, have the desire to strengthen the community, and contribute regularly.
The Rangers program began in March 2006 as a joint venture between the Visual Studio Team System team and the Worldwide Communities program, part of the Office of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in the Microsoft Services organization.