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During the summer and fall this year, me and my colleague Jakob Ehn has worked together on a book project that has now finally hit the stores!
The title of the book is Team Foundation Server 2012 Starter and is published by Packt Publishing.

Get it from http://www.packtpub.com/team-foundation-server-2012-starter/book or from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/1849688389 


The book is part of a concept that Packt have with starter-books, intended for people new to Team Foundation Server 2012 and who want a quick guideline to get it up and working. 
It covers the fundamentals, from installing and configuring it, and how to use it with source control, work items and builds. It is done as a step-by-step guide, but also includes best practices advice in the different areas. It covers the use of both the on-premises and the TFS Services version. It also has a list of links and references in the end to the most
relevant Visual Studio 2012 ALM sites.

Our good friend and fellow ALM MVP Mathias Olausson have done the review of the book, thanks again Mathias!

We hope the book fills the gap between the different online guide sites and the more advanced books that are out.

Book Description

Your quick start guide to TFS 2012, top features, and best practices with hands on examples


  • Install TFS 2012 from scratch
  • Get up and running with your first project
  • Streamline release cycles for maximum productivity

In Detail

Team Foundation Server 2012 is Microsoft's leading ALM tool, integrating source control, work item and process handling, build automation, and testing.

This practical "Team Foundation Server 2012 Starter Guide" will provide you with clear step-by-step exercises covering all major aspects of the product.
This is essential reading for anyone wishing to set up, organize, and use TFS server.

This hands-on guide looks at the top features in Team Foundation Server 2012, starting with a quick installation guide and then moving into using it for your
software development projects. Manage your team projects with Team Explorer, one of the many new features for 2012.

Covering all the main features in source control to help you work more efficiently, including tools for branching and merging, we will delve into the Agile Planning
Tools for planning your product and sprint backlogs.

Learn to set up build automation, allowing your team to become faster, more streamlined, and ultimately more productive with this
"Team Foundation Server 2012 Starter Guide".

What you will learn from this book

  • Install TFS 2012 on premise
  • Access TFS Services in the cloud
  • Quickly get started with a new project with product backlogs, source control, and build automation
  • Work efficiently with source control using the top features
  • Understand how the tools for branching and merging in TFS 2012 help you isolate work and teams
  • Learn about the existing process templates, such as Visual Studio Scrum 2.0
  • Manage your product and sprint backlogs using the Agile planning tools


This Starter guide is a short, sharp introduction to Team Foundation Server 2012, covering everything you need to get up and running.

Who this book is written for

If you are a developer, project lead, tester, or IT administrator working with Team Foundation Server 2012 this guide will get you up to speed quickly
and with minimal effort.

posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 5:41 PM


# re: Book “Team Foundation Server 2012 Starter” published 7/30/2013 4:33 PM Stanislav Shumeyko
Hello Jacob, I am a system administrator but now I try to understand TFS 2012 & VS. Several days ago i downloaded your book "Team Foundation Server 2012 Starter " and started reading. For trying I need download example code from : http://www.packt.com/tfs2012starter/download/waiterapp.zip but I can't because the web site www.packt.com forwarding to another site and ZIP file not avialable. Help me pls. Where I can download this code, or if you have send me pls to mail stanislav.shumeyko@gmail.com.

P.S. sorry fo my English , I know it not good.

# Where Are The Support Files? 9/1/2013 8:47 PM Peter
Hi, enjoying the book but rather alarmed at not being able to access the support files from either the URL published in your book (which diverts to a completely different company) or from the website of its publisher. Can you supply an alternative URL that works please?

# re: Book “Team Foundation Server 2012 Starter” published 9/13/2013 5:14 PM Jakob Ehn
@Stanislav and @Peter: I am sorry about this, I have uploaded the sample project to my SkyDrive, until we have cleared this up with the Publisher. Here is the link:


# re: Book “Team Foundation Server 2012 Starter” published 1/29/2014 9:31 PM Julian Castiblanco P
Thank you Jakob Ehn, I'm learning ALM from your book. It's really helpfully for me.


Julián Castiblanco.
Bogota, Colombia.

# re: Book “Team Foundation Server 2012 Starter” published 4/17/2015 11:49 AM Wan Mohd Adzha
Am reading the book and loving it . and thanks for the skydrive link .

Wan Mohd Adzha

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