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 1.0 template.” In a recent issue of MSDN magazine, I wrote…

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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 continue…

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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, are in fact not Agile at all.  Prior to the…

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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 Real World, I shared…

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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 will break when using…

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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, the “Assigned To”…

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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 to understand…

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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 sync), to see…

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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…

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