Should I Migrate From TFS to ALM?
It’s built on top of Microsoft Visual Studio, which makes it easy for development teams to use initially. But TFS isn’t perfect.
Why Migrate From TFS?
Many developers are migrating from TFS to Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). And many more are considering a migration.
TFS vs. VSTS
TFS is an on-premises tool that connects to an intranet server. VSTS is cloud-based.
So, VSTS offers more flexibility and collaboration. Teams across the globe can work together across the development lifecycle. And that’s why many development teams are pushing for a TFS migration.
But VSTS may not have everything you need to effectively manage the application lifecycle.
TFS, VSTS, and GitHub
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TFS and ALM Tools
So, if you’re considering a migration from TFS, you may want to consider a toolset that covers everything:
- Source control
- Requirements management
- Test management
- Bug tracking and task management
TFS for Source Control
TFS supports two types of source control. The first is centralized source control with its own repository — Team Foundation Version Control. The second is distributed source control with Git.
However, TFS can struggle to scale as your codebase grows larger and more complex.
Scalable Source Control With the Right Tools
Other source control tools are more scalable.
Helix Core offers centralized version control with support for Git. It can also scale to support distributed global teams and thousands of daily transactions.
TFS Requirements Management Is Light
TFS requirements management has very light capability. You can manage requirements (or tasks or user stories) in TFS.
But it lacks requirements traceability across development. And TFS requirements management is hard to customize and maintain for large-scale teams across distributed sites.
You also can’t version a requirements document. This makes requirements review processes tricky. It’s difficult to know who’s reviewed which requirements. Or whether the requirements you’re looking at are the latest version.
The same holds true even if you migrate to VSTS.
And in many cases, you’re stuck storing requirements documents in SharePoint — away from your other work items. So, while it's possible to use TFS requirements management, it’s certainly a challenge.
ALM Tools Make Requirements Management Easy
In , you can manage both requirements and requirements documents. Every version of a requirements document is tracked. The review process is transparent. And you always know you’re looking at the latest version of requirements.
TFS Testing Is Limited
TFS offers some testing capabilities. And TFS is primarily used for manual tests and unit tests.
You can create a test from a requirement (or task or user story). But you can’t add test variants. So, if you want to run a test on multiple browsers, you’d have to manually run it for each browser type.
And it’s difficult to track testing efforts and test results in TFS. You don’t have visibility in test steps that passed or failed. That make it a challenge to create the audit trail for compliance.
Even if you migrated to VSTS, you wouldn't be able to create a test plan.
ALM Tools Let You Test More
In , you can create tests from requirements (and issues). You can add test variants, so you can test more in fewer steps. You can even track and report on automated tests (including .NET tests) within the tool.
You’ll also get visibility into all of your testing efforts. You’ll know which tests — and which test steps — have passed or failed. That makes it easy to measure progress — and create reports for compliance.
TFS Bug Tracking Is Lacking
TFS includes some bug tracking capabilities. Yes, you can create and track bugs in TFS, but it doesn't hold up as a bug tracking tool.
TFS lacks relationships between bugs and failed tests. The same holds true for VSTS (unless you buy an add-on). And that makes it a challenge to fix the bug.
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Benefits of Adding an ALM Tool
Using TFS for ALM may not be enough for your team. By migrating your ALM activities from TFS to Helix ALM, you’ll give your team a boost.
Integrate With Everything (Including Visual Studio)
It doesn’t matter where your code is stored — TFS, VSTS, Git, Helix Core. You can commit your code and link it back to a work item, bug, task, test, or requirement. This streamlines your software build process. You’ll rest easy knowing issues, tasks, and code are linked. And if you need a requirements document in Microsoft Word, you can easily export it.
Plus, Helix ALM has a Jira integration and a Slack app. That makes it easier for teams to collaborate on requirements, tests, and issues.
Choose Your Development Methodology
With Helix ALM, you’re free to choose your development methodology. So, be Agile, hybrid Agile, or Waterfall.
Helix ALM helps you accelerate development and ship on time.
- Efficient requirements reviews
- Thorough testing
- Fast bug resolution.
Plus, you’ll have visibility across the development lifecycle. So, you’ll always know what work has been done — and how much is left to go.Back to top
Ready to Migrate From TFS?
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