How do You Prioritize Content Work? Here’s What We Did for Team Foundation Content

Once we identified most of the items (stories) in our backlog, we started to prioritize them. In our first pass, we adapted a technique that Mike Cohn teaches called Theme Scoring. I say adapted because we didn’t identify a small number of themes and rank them using this technique. Rather, we identified our criteria and…


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…


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: 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…


The 5 most read Visual Studio ALM help topics on MSDN

Curious about what other people are reading about Application Lifecycle Management in Visual Studio? Here are the 5 VS ALM topics that are read most often on MSDN: Topic Views Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management 130,061 MSF for Agile Software Development v5.0 114,968 Testing the Application 77,013 What’s new in Application Lifecycle Management for Visual…


Streamlined: Extending Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management

I’ve been working on streamlining some content in an effort to make it easier for you to get the information that you need. The first place I did this was in the Team Foundation SDK, in Extending Team Foundation and Extending Work Item Tracking. I’m looking at doing the same thing for Extending Visual Studio…


Team Foundation Power Tools Update

A new version of the Team Foundation Power Tools has just been released. Some highlights: There’s a tool to help you back up Team Foundation Server The Best Practices Analyzer has been updated


Updated: Customizable Process Guidance

A couple of weeks ago, I posted customizable process guidance packages on Code Gallery. I’ve updated those to pick up a few minor changes that we published on MSDN yesterday.


Customizable process guidance

I’ve just posted versions of process guidance for Visual Studio Scrum 1.0, MSF for Agile Software Development v5.0, and MSF for CMMI Process Improvement v5.0 on Code Gallery so that you can customize them and associate these customized versions with your team projects. These versions don’t have tables of contents. I’m interested…