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  • Blog Post: Soup to Nuts – TFS 2010 Agile Iteration Backlog Workbook utilized in the Real World

    It seems that many people will get the first iteration backlog workbook working and then they will copy & paste it for future iterations. This is what we started doing until we found out just how messy this really is. The Agile iteration backlog workbooks are very useful for Agile (and SCRUM) teams...
  • Blog Post: Making Agile Work for You in TFS 2010–MSDN Magazine June 2011

    “Get an inside peek into internal Microsoft development practices as Chris Adams documents his team’s move to Agile using Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010, starting out with the Microsoft Solutions Framework Agile v5.0 process template and eventually switching to the Microsoft Visual Studio SCRUM 1...
  • Blog Post: Reporting Dashboard for Bugs & Tasks in TFS 2010 – Monitor your Sprints closely

    If you spent some time reviewing my blog on how to build a “reporting” dashboard that shows status of your development projects you will notice quickly that is a real nice way to review your work in your daily Stand-up.  It gives you the ability, within 30 minutes (default for TFS warehouse/cube...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2010: Adding Scheduling/Planning Hours to MSF Agile Bug Work Item Template

    If you are an agile team, you are going to love TFS 2010 and especially it’s crucial dashboard capabilities that help you better plan and track your time. Software estimates are an art more than a science and it is one of the keys to growth for an individual developer at Microsoft. In short, accurate...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2010 Burndown, Completed Work, and Remaining Work–“Zero” is the Magic Number

    As the leader of your agile project, you’ve been tasked by management to keep your project running and ensuring that you can accurately ascertain what work is completed vs. what is still not completed.  In my previous post, Soup to Nuts – TFS 2010 Agile Iteration Backlog Workbook utilized in the...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2010 Upgrade to RTM breaks IterationParam reports

    With the release of Visual Studio 2010 RTM, we embarked on upgrading from RC1 to RTM. This was a rather seamless process with no “unexpected” hoops to push through though I did recently encounter an issue with some of the customized linked reports I built. As shown in my post TFS 2010 – Using Stories...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2010: Scoping Assigned To field in Work Item Definition for a Project

    If you are like us, we have a huge investment in Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 that includes many groups and many teams.  Fortunately, we are the only team doing development and our project are different from the rest of the organization which is using TFS for work item management. By default...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2010: MSF Agile vs. Visual Studio SCRUM 1.0 Smackdown– Planning w/ Agile (Part II)

    In my earlier post , I focused on bringing to light that MSF Agile v5.0 vs. Visual Studio SCRUM 1.0 had differences and one was just in their use of terminology.  Whether it was user story or product backlog item (PBI) the usage was very close minus one to two differences.  Today I’d like to...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2010: MSF Agile vs. Visual Studio SCRUM 1.0 Smackdown -- Planning w/ Agile (Part III)

    In this final post for this series, I wanted to outline how Visual Studio SCRUM 1.0 is alike and differs when doing planning compared to MSF Agile v5.0 .  As I pointed out in my post last week , MSF Agile v5.0 ships as a process template with Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and has a lot of out...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2010: MSF Agile vs. Visual Studio SCRUM 1.0 Smackdown

    With the introduction of the new Microsoft Visual Studio SCRUM 1.0 template, software development & project managers are now given multiple options for Agile that is supported by Microsoft. The “Agile” terminology is vastly over used by many and most agile teams, when examined closely...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2010: Using Stories Progress in your Dashboards but scoped to Iteration or Areas

    As you’ve seen in my post previously , there are some great ways to enhance reporting in TFS 2010 through the use of Windows SharePoint Services (WSS). This is very important for obvious reasons such as communicating with organization leaders on the status of your projects, especially when you are using...
  • Blog Post: Enhancing TFS 2010 Dashboards – Project Mgmt, Bugs, Builds, etc.

    As we build out our dashboard to show our progress on our software projects, we quickly enjoyed the luxury of the new TFS Dashboard views that utilize Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS) web part Page Viewer.  This web part connects to a URL on the TFS application tier called tfsredirect.aspx that...
  • Blog Post: TFS Work Item Manager Breaks when changing Iteration Dates when storing in settings in TFS

    We recently ran into an issue when we were trying to add iterations, or change existing dates for an iteration,  to a project in TFS Dashboard.  The TFS Dashboard , made by Telerik , uses dates provided in the file created by Work Item Manager (WIM) and stored in TFS (if selected.)  This...