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Managing Agile Open-Source Software Projects with Microsoft Visual Studio Online

With this book, we share our adventures as we hone our skills in managing solution requirements in an environment where transparency, simplicity, and trust prevail. We are hardly a typical group but instead a worst- case scenario.

We are a geographically distributed, part-time, virtual, and volunteer-based team, which implies hard-to-get commitments. We build solutions that range from small to complex and use a variety of technologies that are often at the bleeding edge. For us, being unconventional is an asset because with it comes a variety of skills, traditions, cultures, and experiences.

Who should read this book

This book targets Agile development teams and their Scrum Masters who want to explore and learn from our “dogfooding” experiences and our continuous adaptation of software requirements management. Product Owners and other stakeholders will also find value in this book in learning how they can support their Agile development teams and by gaining an understanding of the constraints of open source community projects.


This book assumes that you have at least a minimal understanding of Agile, Lean, and Scrum development concepts and are familiar with Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Visual Studio Online (VSO). To go beyond this book and expand your knowledge of Agile practices or Visual Studio technologies, MSDN 1 and other Microsoft Press books offer both complete introductions and comprehensive information.

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