Announcement: VS 2008 is HERE!

Announcement: Registration open for MIX 2008

Registration is now open for MIX 08: The Next Web NowNow in its third year, MIX is an intimate opportunity for cutting-edge technical, creative and business strategists to engage Microsoft in a conversation about the future of the web. Come explore the latest wave of opportunities and help redefine the boundaries between: content and…

Requirements Management in TFS: Part 4 (of 4): Summary

Every organization approaches the concept of “requirements” differently.  Factors include general history, skill set, complexity, and agility.  Many development organizations are adopting Team Foundation Server to help improve team communication & collaboration, project control & visibility, and generally a more integrated experience across the various actors in the application lifecycle.  The more pervasive TFS becomes…


Requirements Management in TFS: Part 3 (of 4): Integrations

In Part 2, I discussed how you can begin to manage requirements using the built-in facilities of Team Foundation Server.  While hopefully you can see how the infrastructure for a great requirements management solution already exists in TFS, the interface and client-side functionality isn’t there. Enter Microsoft’s amazing partner ecosystem.  Several technology partners have provided…


Requirements Management in TFS: Part 2 (of 4): TFS Out of the Box

This is Part 2 of the series, Requirements Management in TFS.  For a brief background, please see Part 1: Overview. In this part, we’ll discuss a couple of the primary ways to support requirements in Team Foundation Server: the Team Portal and Work Item Tracking Team Portal (SharePoint) If you use some kind of document…


Requirements Management in TFS: Part 1 (of 4): Overview

There are several schools of thought on how to “do RM” ranging from the very lightweight (whiteboards, sticky notes, cocktail napkins, etc) to the robust (formal elicitation, authoring, validation and management of specifications).  Chances are your organization falls somewhere in between.  Past dictates future (thanks, Dr. Phil), and the same applies in how teams approach…


Announcement: TFS to TFS Migration Tool – pre-release

The TFS to TFS Migration Tool is designed to enable the migration of work items and version control artifacts between TFS servers (including history). Please note that this is pre-release:  it’s being published to help test and stabilize the tool before it’s “official”.

Announcement: TFS Operations Guide is Posted

The TFS Operations Guide has been published to MSDN.  Summary:  You can manage your deployment of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server more effectively if you create your own operations plan. As you create your plan, you should understand key elements of the architecture of Team Foundation Server and how your deployment topology affects…


Announcement: New TFS Power Tools

Most notable new features: TFS Work Item Templates Team Foundation Server Best Practices Analyzer Read more on Brian Harry’s blog:

Announcement: Seattle Team System User Group

Inspired by similar User Groups around the world, the VSTS evangelists in Seattle have come together to create this user group with the help and support of the Microsoft VSTS field and product teams. The charter of this User Group is to bring together VSTS users in the Puget Sound area to discuss Visual Studio…