Viewing all Work Item Fields of a Team Foundation Server (TFS)

A question came up – Is it possible to view all fields of the various types of Work Items ( which might be bug, task, requirement, Risk, Change Request, Review etc) from one place. Yes it is possible. The Process Template Editor that ships as part of the Power Tool has a neat Work Item…

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Offline Viewing of TFS Process Guidance documentation

A question came up during a discussion and it was: Do I need to be connected to TFS to view and read the Process Guidance documentation?. Why cant I view it offline?. Yes you can view it offline and here is how to do it. Got to the TFS server node, Right Click and do…

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VSTS 2008 TFS Power Tools Released

A new set of Power Tools for TFS 2008 has been released. This is a good one that I have been waiting for some time. It contains several goodies. Some of the things I especially like are: Standalone version of Process Template Editor for TFS 2008. It used to be frustrating to not have a…

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MSBuild team seeking feedback on priority of features

The MSBuild Team is seeking feedback on prioritizing the list of features to be included in MSBuild. So this is your chance to provide feedback directly to the Product Team on what to consider for next release. Some of the features they are considering are: Higher performance multiprocessor support… VC support… Support for other Microsoft…

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Creating Fake or Dummy builds in TFS 2008

In TFS 2005, we were able to easily create a fake or dummy Team build definition using the Team Build APIs. The primary purpose this was used was for getting intermediate test results into the Team System Warehouse and from there on to the Cube, via the publish feature. And when you hit "Publish" you…

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Team system data – Power Tools

A new Power Tools bundle has been released. You can find it in the link below: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=DA3F11AD-BD54-4EDA-B08C-4DF84DF0D641&displaylang=en  There are several major features added in this: T-SQL static code analysis Dependency viewer Schema Refactoring with lots of additional capabilities Additional MSBuild tasks AP Access to Schema view Script pre-processor

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ALM Assessment – different flavors

ALM assessment comes in two flavors 1. Online assessment – http://www.microsoft.com/almassement 2. Onsite assessment – done by people proficient in the various ALM disciplines Technorati Tags: ALM Assessment Microsoft VSTS TFS Assessment Microsoft VSTS TFS

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Webcast on – How to get started with an ALM assessment

Just last Thurssday I did  worldwide Webcast on the above topic. The timing was early morning PST, so the audience number was not very high, but I really got some good responses from whoever attended.   The "ALM" word is getting used more and more. Let me explain what it stands for and what it…

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UI differences at first glance between VS2005 and VS2008

A customer was asking what are the major differences when we use the UI from 2005 to 2008. He just wanted to a first look different at major features – not just mind numbing doc. So here is what I did. I launched both 2005 and 2008 IDE side by side and compared the major…

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ALM Assessment – Webcast

Last Thursday I did a webcast on the topic – How to get started with an ALM assessment. This is now recorded as an MSDN webcast. For those interested in this, the whole webcast is recorded and can be viewed either online or downloaded and viewed.

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