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1 MSF: Microsoft Solutions Framework Past and present Peter Williams, Microsoft Ltd.

2 Agenda A Brief History of MSF MSF Core MSF and Visual Studio Team system MSF for Agile Software Development MSF for CMMI® Process Improvement Real World Experiences

3 A Brief History of MSF MSF Offering MSF v1 21 Rules Dynamics Solutions Dev Discipline (SDD) MSF v2 Principles of … App Dev (PAD) Infra Deploy (PID) Ent Arch (PEA) Comp Des (PCD) MSF v2.5 MSF v3 Essentials + Exam Core Agile CMMI … MSF v4

4 MSF Core: What Its Not MSF Core is not a methodology Its a framework It requires instantiation for the specific solution domain Not a magic sauce Not specific to software development Although Visual Studio Team System provides two instantiations which are specific to software development MSF for Agile Software Development MSF for CMMI® Process Improvement

5 MSF Core A collection of best practices gathered from the product groups and the field Key elements Mindsets (key concepts) Foundational Principles Models Disciplines Proven practices Recommendations

6 MSF Core Mindsets Team of Peers Quality is everyones business every day Pride of workmanship Deliver on your commitments Focus on business value Solution mindset Design for qualities of service Trusting mindset Continual learning mindset Reuse and extend

7 MSF Core Foundational Principles Foster open communications Work towards a shared vision Empower team members Establish clear accountability and shared responsibility Incremental delivery of value Stay agile, expect and adapt to change Invest in quality Learn from all experiences Partner with customers Early and frequent deployments Design early with specific examples

8 MSF Core Models Team model Based on advocacy creating natural checks and balances Governance & Enactment (Process) model Appropriate level of governance Iterative, versioned releases, etc. Risk management model Proactive risk management

9 MSF Core Team Model Solution Construction / Verification Solution Delivery Solution Definition Solution Usability and User readiness Solution Deployment Solution Validation Development Test Release Management User Experience Product Management Program Management Solution Design Architecture Advocacy Groups Natural Checks and balances

10 MSF Core Advocacy Operations Technology Focus Business Focus Users Solutions Architects Customer Technology Architects Operations Support Project Team User Experience DevelopmentTest Release / Operations Product Management Architecture Program Management Project Sponsor

11 Scaling Down: Combining Advocacy Groups Product Management Program Management ArchitectureDevelopmentTest User Experience Release / Operations Product Management NNNPPU Program Management NPNUUU Architecture NPPUUU Development NNPNNN Test PUUNPP User Experience PUUNPU Release / Operations UUUNPU Possible Unlikely Not recommended

12 Scaling Up: Feature Teams Catalog Program Management Development Test User Experience Fulfillment Program Management Development Test Release Management Site Engine & Design Program Management User Experience Development Test User Experience

13 MSF Version 3 Core Process Model

14 MSF Version 4 Governance & Enactment Model Enactment Tracks Envision Plan Build Stabilise Deploy Governance Track Checkpoint-based Envision Plan Build Stabilise Deploy Governance Enactment

15 Governance Examples MSF for Agile Software Development implements a very lightweight governance model

16 Governance Examples MSF for CMMI® Process Improvement implements a more rigorous governance model

17 MSF Core Risk Management Model Proactive Management Identify Analyse and Prioritise Plan and Schedule Track and Report Status Control Risks Learn from Risks

18 MSF and Visual Studio Team System Visual Studio 2005 Team System enacts guides Microsoft Solutions Framework

19 Enacting MSF MSFv4 Core Discipline Infrastructure MSF for Agile Software Development MSF for CMMI ® Process Improvement Product Application Development Family

20 Enacting MSF MSF v4 MSF v3 Infrastructure CMMI Agile

21 Real World Usage Globally within Microsoft Used by Microsoft Services since 1994 Used by Microsoft Internal operations Based on product group principles and best practices Closer to home within Microsoft Used by the UK Solution Development Group to deliver large-scale enterprise solutions Use by other external organisations

22 UK Enterprise Solutions built with MSF Tax Credits Online NBP digital curriculum

23 Personal Experiences Core principles and approach very similar to the product group approach. Some differences due to the nature of solution development. A very good success rate on very challenging projects.

24 Favourite aspects of MSF Team model Common goal Two-way advocacy not just gathering requirements Platform for trade offs All disciplines represented from the start All disciplines participate in the design Small multi-disciplinary teams Co-location Motivational

25 Favourite aspects of MSF Envisioning track Forming a vision Opening up possibilities never before imagined User experience as a first-class citizen An area often neglected in other approaches Base line early and freeze late Expecting change Iterative development Rehearsal for go-live

26 Favourite Aspects of MSF Ship every day Build is not enough A team exercise Build hand-off Repeatable platform builds Triage One representative per discipline Quaker consensus

27 Questions?

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