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4 Basic Features of Azure DevOps You Should Know About

Naveen Gautam Naveen Gautam June 21, 2021
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Azure DevOps’ latest features offer so much functionality that it will be difficult to learn all of them in one go. Of course, you can always choose to hire Azure DevOps consulting services to save yourself the trouble of learning this platform, but it always helps to know what’s going on firsthand. This is why we handpicked four basic features of Azure DevOps so you can get a general idea of what this platform can offer your business. 

1. Azure DevOps Dashboard 

The Azure DevOps Dashboard is a fully customizable interface that enables you to organize the way you consume information that is shown through various charts, widgets, and reports. This feature also allows teams to collaborate more effectively by providing ways to share information across multiple teams, thus streamlining the overall workflow within your organization. Also, each chart, widget, and report can be configured to show only the information you need. For example, if you want to see information about your current build status, a widget or chart can be configured to show only that. Or if you want to see everything that is going on within your infrastructure, you can also do so, as well. 

2. Azure Boards 

Similar to other work tracking tools that you can find on the internet, Azure Boards is a tool that can be used to track and manage the work or processes that are required to complete your project. You can delegate tasks, identify backlogs, or even monitor bugs that may affect your workflow and the project overall. You do this by adding task items or processes on the user interface, classifying all of them into various categories (such as Basic Processes, Agile Processes, and more), and assigning the items to the people who will be working on the tasks. Azure Boards also supports Scrum and Kanban, and can connect to other platforms like GitHub. 

3. Azure Repos 

Azure Repos is used to manage code, track changes, or even roll back your code to an earlier version if needed. This feature is Azure DevOps’ very own version control system, a tool that allows you to take a snapshot of your code so you can move between versions more easily in case of code-breaking bugs or other potential issues.  

4. Azure Test Plans 

As mentioned in our multiple articles that cover the topic, the Azure DevOps model puts the responsibility of ensuring quality in the hands of all members of the team. This is why thorough testing is required to ensure that all aspects of your project are in tip-top shape. This is where Azure Test Plans comes in. Azure Test Plans is a browser-based testing solution that allows you to test various aspects of your project by using a variety of methods, such as planned manual testing, user acceptance testing, exploratory testing, and more. These tests can be accessed by all teams from all major browsers, so you can be sure that your project is functions correctly and is free from glitches right after it is done. 

These are the four basic features of Azure DevOps that you should know about. For more information about Azure DevOps’ latest features, you can go directly to Microsoft’s website for a more comprehensive overview. Better yet, you can also get Azure DevOps consulting services so you can get the expert support you need to complete projects efficiently. 

Naveen Gautam is a QA-Lead at Intelegencia.


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