Published on January 9, 2018 by Microsoft

In this interview, Principal DevOps Manager Donovan Brown interviews Principal Group Program Manager Aaron Bjork about how the release notes for VSTS are generated for each release.

[00:50] Set the stage
[01:15] Release Notes Page
[02:14] How are they created
[02:40] DoD
[03:12] Not everything requires release notes
[03:53] Feature Flags!
[04:40] Release notes in action
[05:04] Delivery Plans
[06:19] When do we set the flag?
[06:52] When should you write the release notes?
[08:45] How do you find all the release notes?
[09:35] Sprint mails
[11:20] The query of items needing release notes
[12:10] Bringing it all together with Markdown
[13:42] Pull requests
[15:45] Keys to making it work

Blog: DonovanBrown.com

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Tanzrocket
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Tanzrocket
4 months 8 days ago

@aaronbjork:Thanks for the reply. Manual is not a problem right now but automated would always be nicer. One thing we are struggling with is the query. How are you filtering your work items to a specific build/release? Are you setting that value manually in a field as well? I would love to be able to query on the linked build but haven’t found a way to do it yet.

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aaronbjork
4 months 17 days ago

@Tanzrocket: It’s manual.  We run the query… and copy/paste directly from the field on the work item into a new MD file.  We do plan/hope to automate this as well at some point, but it works manually for now.

Tanzrocket
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Tanzrocket
4 months 17 days ago

I may have missed it in the video but how are the markdown files generated from the query?

aaronbjork
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aaronbjork
6 months 6 days ago

@Tarun Reddy:It’s built with lots of different technologies, but the bulk of the code is C#, JavaScript, TypeScript and HTML.

PerfectPhase
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PerfectPhase
6 months 7 days ago

Great video, would love to see more of these on how teams use VSTS to do day to day tasks.

Tarun Reddy
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Tarun Reddy
6 months 8 days ago

An Off-topic Question, Is VSTS Built using C#.Net?

NOOMandFAI2018
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NOOMandFAI2018
6 months 13 days ago

ok

DanRevell
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DanRevell
6 months 13 days ago

Great video, I love these ones that arn’t overly polished and show real insight into how teams work. But my biggest take away is seeing Lauren Brose use a emoji on her display name within TFS. Brilliant idea!

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