Using the Iteration Backlog Workbook on a CMMI Project

The MSF Agile 5.0 process template that shipped with Team Foundation Server 2010 included an Excel workbook designed to help teams plan iterations of work.  Because the workbook was aimed at Agile teams, it wasn’t included in the MSF CMMI 5.0 process template.  However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be used by teams using the…


Marking Tasks and Bugs as “Done” During a Check-in

In recent weeks, a few different people have asked me how to modify the Scrum template such that a Task or Bug is marked as Done during a check-in.   We left this out of the original state flow because we wanted the done state transition to be very intentional, but it’s a common practice and…


Visual Studio Magazine Article

I wrote an article for the October issue of Visual Studio Magazine on the new Microsoft Visual Studio 1.0 process template.  It’s a basic walk through of how to get started using the Scrum template.  Included in the article is a look at the following:  Building Your Product Backlog Acceptance Criteria Planning Your First Sprint…


Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 Videos

Richard Hundhausen has released two webcasts featuring the Microsoft Visual Studio 1.0 process template on Channel 9.  Both include Q&A at the end of the presentation.  Check them out at:


Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 – Updated Sprint Burndown Report

Last week we updated the new Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 process template to include a fix for the Sprint Burndown report which was found to have a bug that caused an error when viewing the report in non-US locales.  If you created projects before we made the fix (7/22/2010) you can follow the steps…


Announcing Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0

Today we’re releasing the first official version of our latest process template – Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 (formerly known as Team Foundation Server Scrum v1.0 Beta).   If you were following the beta, you know that this template was built from the ground up specifically for Scrum teams.  Visit the Visual Studio Gallery to download…


How does MSF CMMI 4.2 compare to MSF CMMI 5.0?

I’ve had a few people ask me about the key differences between the CMMI template shipped in TFS 2008 and how it compares to the new MSF CMMI 5.0 process template that shipped with TFS 2010 so I thought I’d detail some of the big differences.  First off, it’s important to note that the changes…


Downloading Unbound Agile Workbooks

I’ve had a few people ask where they can get unbound (not connected to a team project) copies of the Agile workbooks so I’ve written this quick post to show where you can download them.  The unbound workbooks are stored in the process template and then bound to your team project during project creation.  The…


Customizing Report Parameters for Team Foundation Server 2010

John Socha-Leialoha recently posted a great article on how to modify the default report parameters for any of the reports that ship in the Team Foundation Server process templates – MSF for Agile and MSF for CMMI.  It’s quite common to want to change the default settings for parameters in a report, but Reporting Services…


How does MSF Agile 4.2 compare to MSF Agile 5.0?

With the public release of Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta2 I thought I’d post some of key differences between the process templates shipped with 2008 product and the new process templates shipping with 2010.  This post will focus on the new MSF for Agile Software Development v5.0 process template and how it compares to the…