Azure DevOps Roadmap for 2020 Q3

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Microsoft just published the Roadmap to Azure DevOps for Q3 2020.

You can read the full post here: https://devblogs.microsoft.com/devops/azure-devops-roadmap-update-for-2020-q3/

As more companies rely more on GitHub or DevOps in order to store the code or automate deployments through CI/CD pipelines is always good to see updates on the features of any of the 2 Microsoft platforms.

Top 3 highlights:

Token lifecycle management

Really good to see an improvement on the management of PAT . From a security standpoint it will allow for better management especially in the case a PAT is compromised.

Waiting for an update on the official documentation.

Meanwhile, if you are not familiar on how Personal Access tokens work you can check the official documentation on: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/integrate/get-started/authentication/oauth

Delivery Plans 2.0

Delivery Plans has been for a long time a good extension to use from Visual Studio Marketplace as it allowed for a better visibility on how organizational goals are aligned.

Moving a card to a different iteration

It was about time that it became a built in feature that is activated from the start. The enhancements from the announcements that we are waiting to see and test drive are :

  • Allow work items to span iteration boundaries
  • Support a minimum of 25 team backlogs on a single delivery plan
  • Filter by Parent
  • Display rollup information on the work item cards (planned for late Q3 or early Q4 release)
  • Provide a dependency tracking experience across work items with predecessor and successor link types (planned for late Q3 or early Q4 release)

If you haven’t used this extension before it is really easy to give it a spin:

The Delivery Plans extension is free to install from the Visual Studio Marketplace, Azure DevOps tab.

More details on how to configure it: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/boards/plans/review-team-plans

Elastic self-hosted agent pools

Self-Hosted agents are always a great option to use in your CI/CD pipeline instead of Microsoft-hosted because:

  • you have a better control over your agents and enhance the security
  • can install custom software needed for the build and/or deployment process
  • can deploy your builds to on-premises or private environments;

Now with the ability to use scale-sets (even if still in preview) also in Kubernetes clusters you can provide a even better and faster build and deploy experience especially if you need to either build and deploy a large enterprise projects.

More details on the enhancements will be available on https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/pipelines/agents/scale-set-agents

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