Course: Visual Studio 2017 – Basic Introduction

Course 6401: 4 Hour Instructor-Lead Training Syllabus


This tailored half day training provides students with the understanding and skills to effectively use Team Foundation Server 2017, Visual Studio 2017 and SharePoint in order to manage the application lifecycle in a team-based environment. The training focuses on teaching students how to leverage basic functionality within Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) 2017. This course covers a broad range of topics to help students become familiar with the capabilities of the Visual Studio ALM platform.


This course is intended for the following roles: All software team based roles


After attending this course, students will be able to:

Visual Studio ALM 2017

  • Understand the capabilities of Visual Studio 2017 ALM
  • Understand How Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio support ALM
  • Understand Work Item/Management capabilities
  • Understand Source Control/Team Build capabilities
  • Understand Testing capabilities
  • Understand Collaboration (Team Portal and SharePoint) capabilities
  • Understand Reporting capabilities


Before attending this course, students must have experience in a team-based application lifecycle. The following prerequisites are expected:

  • Have played one or more roles in ALM
  • Be familiar with at least one development methodology
  • Understand Microsoft Office basics
  • Understand Microsoft Windows operating system basics


Visual Studio 2017 ALM Overview

This module introduces the components and functionality of Visual Studio 2017 and Team Foundation Sever 2017 (TFS). This overview will provide a big picture overview of how Visual Studio, TFS, and other technologies interact with one another to provide support for ALM.

The following capabilities will be covered:

  • Overview of Visual Studio ALM technologies and basic architecture
  • Overview of Work Item Tracking
  • Overview of Source Control
  • Overview of Automated Build
  • Overview of Manual/Automated Testing
  • Overview of Team Portal
  • Overview of Reporting
  • Overview of SharePoint

Work Item Tracking Basics

This module will create a high-level understanding of the Work Item tracking system in TFS and how to access and manage these artifacts from different technologies. This module will provide a common understanding of how the work item tracking system can be leveraged in ALM.

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is a Work Item
  • Understand Work Item queries
  • Understand Work Item workflows
  • Understand Work Item linking

Source Control/Automated Build basics

This module will create a high level understanding of the capabilities for source control and automated build and how they can be leveraged in Visual Studio ALM.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Understand Source Control
  • Understand Automated Build
  • Understand the interaction between Work Items and Source Control
  • Understand the interaction between Work Items and Automated Build
  • Understand the interaction between Testing and Source Control
  • Understand the interaction between Testing and Automated Build

Manual/Automated Testing basics

This module will create a high-level understanding of the testing capabilities in Visual Studio 2017 ALM. This module will cover both manual and automated testing.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Overview Manual Testing
  • Overview Automated Testing
  • Overview of test reporting

Course designers

This course was designed by InCycle Software.

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