Creating a Backlog of Content Work

I have posted a couple of series on how we plan content work for Team Foundation, one in 2007 Planning the Sprint Tracking Work Items Reporting Status and the other in 2009. How we Track Content Work Managing Technical Reviews in TFS and SharePoint Reporting Progress Well, it’s an odd year. That means the pink…

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Using the Schemas to Edit Work Item Types and Process Templates for Team Foundation in Visual Studio

I’ve just posted the Team Foundation schema files for process templates and work item types on Code Gallery: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/TFSchemas/Wiki/View.aspx?id=25933. You can drop the schema files in Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Xml\Schemas and Visual Studio will validate your work item types or process template files using the appropriate schema. For example, if you are adding a…

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Team Foundation SDK for VS 2010

We have just published the first increment of the Team Foundation SDK for VS 2010. Several months ago, I commented on the negative trend we have seen for the TF SDK content, and I explained that we had started an effort to attempt to turn that around by taking a very different approach. We’re experimenting and we’ll…

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Sample Code: Create a Work Item in Team Foundation

You can create bugs, tasks, and other types of WorkItems by performing the following steps: Construct a WorkItem. Set the values of the required fields. Save the WorkItem. Depending on the type of WorkItem that you create, most required Fields have default values. If these values are appropriate, you do not have to set them…

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Managing Technical Reviews in TFS and SharePoint

I’ve alluded to my plans to describe how we use TFS to plan, track progress, and do things like technical reviews. Brian Harry mentioned our tech review process in his blog post, so I’ll write about that first. In the past, we’ve used an internal tool to manage technical reviews. The tool has some nice…

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How we track content work.

For a while, we were tracking our work by creating a backlog of scnearios, prioritizing them, then planning the top scenarios for our next iteratoin of work. We broke the scenarios down into tasks and tracked progress on those tasks over the course of an iteration. I mentioned that in my last post. We’ve refined…

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Managing Content Development

Back in 2007, I wrote three articles on how the Team Foundation user education team was using work item tracking and reporting features to help manage our content work. http://blogs.msdn.com/teams_wit_tools/archive/2007/10/16/managing-documentation-projects-in-team-foundation-server-part-1-planning-the-sprint.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/teams_wit_tools/archive/2007/10/22/managing-documentation-projects-in-team-foundation-server-part-2-tracking-work-items.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/teams_wit_tools/archive/2007/10/29/managing-documentation-projects-in-team-foundation-server-part-3-reporting-status.aspx A lot has changed since then. We’ve improved the way we work, and we’ve been using some of the features that you’ll see…

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