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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Team Foundation SDK Improved for VS 2010

Back in January, I wrote this post that showed that we really needed to change directions on the SDK content. The major elements of the new approach are Throw out what was there because it wasn’t working Deliver a new set of SDK content that covers at least the core elements of the client object…


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…


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. http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/VSScrumGuidance http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/MSFAgileGuidance http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/MSFCMMIGuidance These versions don’t have tables of contents. I’m interested…

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Team Foundation SDK Feedback

Earlier this year, I noted that I had seen a bad trend in ratings for the Team Foundation SDK content, and that we were going to change course in order to try to correct that. We published the new Team Foundation SDK for VS 2010 in late June, and I’ve been watching the feedback. Although…


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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New Sandcastle builds MSDN-style API Reference

There’s a new version of Sandcastle on codeplex. It supports .NET 4, and it builds MSDN-style API Reference topics that are compatible with the new Microsoft Help Viewer that was delivered with Visual Studio 2010. I’m on the inside looking out, but that seems like a good thing if you’re trying to build API docs…


Project Management page views

I’ve commented several times that page views for project management content are way up in Dev 10. I decided to look at that a little more closely. I looked at the page views for project management as a percentage of all of VSTS (or VS ALM). For comparison, I also looked at the page views…


Opposing Trends in Feedback on my Help Topics for Team Foundation

When I look at the feedback that we’ve received for the topics that I wrote or that I’ve picked up to maintain, I see a generally positive trend. In VS 2008, ratings for these topics are slightly better than they are for my topics in VS 2005. In Dev 10 Beta, the ratings are vastly improved over…

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