Exam 70-498

Delivering Continuous Value with Visual Studio 2012 Application Lifecycle Management

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  • Published: October 16, 2012
  • Languages: English, Japanese
  • Audiences: IT Professionals
  • Technology: Microsoft Visual Studio 2012
  • Credit toward certification: MCSD

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Dear [your boss's name]:

I'd like to expand and prove my technical skills by earning a Microsoft Certification. My next step is taking Exam 70-498. The registration fee is $150.00 USD.

When I pass this certification, you'll have proof of my ability to work with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 . Microsoft has training and online resources to help me prepare for the exam. I believe I'll be more effective and productive after achieving this valuable technical certification.

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Skills measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

  • Understand the value of an end-to-end view of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools and practices

    • Understanding that an observable problem may be indicative of a more general process issue; explaining the difference between optimizing a piece of the ALM process such as manual testing and optimizing the entire ALM process

  • Explain the benefits of fast feedback

    • Explaining the importance of fast feedback related to communicating requirements; explaining the benefits of end customer feedback to early software iterations

  • Implement strategies to reduce end-to-end cycle time

    • Identifying bottlenecks in the delivery process; identifying metrics that highlight bottlenecks; creating potential solutions whose effectiveness can be validated; understanding the relationship between work in process (WIP) and cycle time

  • Implement strategies to improve software quality

    • Identifying process steps that introduce defects; understanding the end-to-end quality process; bringing quality efforts early in the development cycle

  • Implement strategies to reduce waste

    • Identifying wasteful activities; creating strategies to eliminate waste; measuring the effectiveness of waste removal activities

  • Create a process improvement plan

    • Creating strategies for implementing organizational change; identifying key metrics to be tracked during the improvement effort; creating consensus for the change

  • Role of different ALM processes

    • Understanding the cost and benefits of the key ALM processes including Agile, Scrum, waterfall, and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)

  • Implement a Scrum/Agile process

    • Establishing self-organizing teams; holding a Scrum/Agile planning meeting; holding daily Scrums/stand-up meetings; holding retrospective meetings; holding Scrum review meetings

  • Define a Scrum/Agile process for a team

    • Establishing criteria on when to cancel a sprint/iteration; establishing tooling and process for Scrum/Agile artifacts; establishing the Scrum definition of "done"; determining sprint/iteration length; determining how to handle backlog items/user stories not completed in a sprint/iteration; determining how to monitor sprint/iteration progress

  • Implement Microsoft Solution Framework (MSF) for CMMI process improvement

    • Establishing project drivers (scope-driven, date-driven); assigning product requirements to iterations; managing changes; managing issues

  • Plan a release

    • Identifying a flexibility matrix; identifying releases based on priority items in flexibility matrix and release criteria; resource planning (Scrum team is responsible for allocating team members); identifying techniques to optimize a team that is geographically distributed; selecting a project methodology; risk management

  • Define a project-tracking process

    • Identifying a project tracking tool and an associated process (triage process, bug management); defining how to manage effort; determining team forecast management; defining a prioritization scheme; determining how to validate project health

  • Scope a project

    • Scoping the effort for a release; defining an architecture design process; defining scope boundaries (is/is not list); determining the definition of “done”; defining a process when effort estimates are significantly inaccurate

  • Elicit requirements

    • Defining project requirements; reviewing and clarifying requirements; defining acceptance criteria; defining UI platform requirements (Web, mobile); assigning a business value

  • Estimate requirements

    • Managing and assigning effort estimates (assigning story points); resizing user requirements into smaller, manageable pieces; executing task breakdown; estimating the requirements baseline

  • Document requirements

    • Defining acceptance criteria; listing requirements; adding requirement details; designing UI storyboards

  • Prioritize requirements

    • Identifying requirements that are critical path; identifying must-have requirements; enabling the entire team (including customers) to participate in requirements prioritization; identifying dependencies

  • Define code quality indicators

    • Performing code review, including security and performance analysis; analyzing code for common defects; calculating code coverage; performing architecture validation

  • Incorporate unit testing

    • Establishing unit test standards; developing a strategy for adding unit tests to existing applications; selecting the unit test type; establishing the code coverage target

  • Develop code

    • Developing maintainable code; defining coding standards; defining application architecture; defining configuration management process and tooling (source control tree, branching strategy, solution structure, source control/check-in policy)

  • Validate quality

    • Organizing test artifacts such as test cases, suites, plans, and requirements; defining test strategy; managing test execution; identifying test types and associated tools; identifying and configuring environments; analyzing test runs

  • Customize a team project

    • Customizing a work item; customizing work item queries; customizing Team Portal; identifying areas and iterations; managing roles and associated permissions

  • Implement an automated deployment process

    • Architecting an automated build and deploy workflow; integrating automated tests; automating deployment into both test and production environments

  • Implement pre-production environments

    • Automating the creation of virtual test lab environments; automating deployment into virtual test environments

  • Manage feedback between development and operations

    • Implementing tools to simplify communication; identifying, measuring, and reporting key analytics and performance indicators such as cycle time and mean time to repair (MTTR); creating appropriate shared artifacts and process to facilitate communication; standardizing required artifacts for defect reports; creating strategies for test case reuse (both automated and manual) in production

  • Troubleshoot production issues

    • Gathering defect data from bugs in a production setting; providing actionable data to the development team; monitoring applications running in production for potential issues; managing incident response times collaboratively between development and operations

Preparation options

Microsoft Certification PREP Talk: Exam 498

In this episode of Prep tips from certification experts, James Seymour, Certification Planner, and Richard Hundhausen, ALM MVP, discuss the relevancy of the skills being measured on Exam 498.

This on demand Jump Start training targets application development teams interested in leveraging Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) to improve their development processes and deliver continuous value with Visual Studio 2012. This fast-paced course is tailored for seasoned developers looking to put these skills to use right away.

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