Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Added to the MCSD Portfolio

Veronica Sopher - Microsoft

Post by Holly Dickson, Senior Certification Product Manager, Microsoft Learning

We are delighted to announce the latest offering in our Microsoft Certification Program, the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Application Lifecycle Management certification.

Today’s software development organizations are looking for a more productive and predictable environment in which to produce tomorrow’s apps. (Check out this report from Gartner for insight into how agile and cloud technologies are driving adoption of application lifecycle management.)

With Visual Studio 2012 ALM, organizations can break down team barriers and reduce cycle times to deliver continuous value. The MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management certification is for individuals who want the skills to manage the entire lifespan of application development, and build software with agility and quality.

Candidates must pass the following three (3) exams to earn the MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management certification:

  • 70-496: Administering Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012
  • 70-497: Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012
  • 70-498: Delivering Continuous Value with Visual Studio 2012 Application Lifecycle Management

Earning an MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management certification helps you build the skills needed to deliver ALM solutions and provides a competitive advantage in the industry. Developers who achieve this challenging certification must regularly demonstrate their up-to-date and relevant skills on rapidly changing development technologies through recertification.

For more information and this and other MCSD certifications, go to, and download the attached MCSD: ALM information flyer.



Attachment: MCSD_ALM_Flyer_7.5x11_PDFX4.pdf
  • Anthony Borton
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    We're hosting free online exam preparation webinars to help candidates get ready for this certification. You can find more information at

  • ardianto
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    This is what the user must consider when they start to build/provide custom the software. Good

  • d31af361-8950-4a44-9135-4b2018074dbe

    Do we have set of questions to check knowledge before going for exam 70-498?

  • Larry Kaye
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    Hi, Vishal - I am unaware of any 3rd-party practice exams available for 70-498, but the recorded Jump Start session (  is a very useful exam prep resource.

  • Alexander Kutin
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    Their changed exam.

    Up to 50 percents of new questions comparing to 2 weeks earlier.

    Application Insight was added. It is "Preview" cloud product.

    At least few questions violate common Scrum practices.

  • cbek
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    What updates will happen because of 2015 and tfs online?