VS 2010 and TFS 2010 How-To Videos

Esther Fan posted a nice set of how-to videos yesterday focusing on VS 2010 and TFS 2010.  Check them out here:  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vstsue/archive/2011/06/15/videos-about-visual-studio-alm-team-foundation-server-2010-on-msdn.aspx

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Programmatically Reading Work Item Comments

I recently ran across a few posts from people looking for samples on how to programmatically read user comments from TFS work items using the TFS API.  It’s a simple operation, but it might not be clear at first unless you discover that you need to loop through the collection of Revisions of the work…


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…

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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…

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SP1 Beta and Project Server Integration Beta

The Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2010 SP1 Beta was made available this morning.   You can read about the details on Brian’s blog. And, it’s exciting to see the announcement of the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Pack beta.  You can read more about the integration pack on Christophe…


TechEd Europe 2010 – Watch & Download

Below are links to the slides and recordings from my sessions at TechEd Europe.  If you’re interested, all the slides and videos from TechEd can be found here:  http://www.msteched.com/2010/Europe Lessons Learned through Dogfooding http://www.msteched.com/2010/Europe/DPR202 This talk has two pieces.  The first portion focuses on our internal process… how we manage work items, how we organize…


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 – 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…

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Reporting Blog Posts and Articles

For those in the business of modifying reports included in the MSF Agile, MSF CMMI, or Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum process templates, I’ve started collecting a set of blog posts and articles from colleagues, MVPs, and customers who have done a great job documenting some of the nuances and tricks around writing and modifying reporting…


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…

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