Dashboard Creator – Update (v1.1)

In these four posts (I, II, III, IV), I introduced a Dashboard creator that I wrote using Excel+Macros. Many thanks to Ed Blankenship, who pointed out that the XLS file that I had uploaded had a phantom reference to a TFS Server, so when you tried to use it, it would error out: ""TF80068:  Team…


Work Item Tracking usability improvements in Orcas – Part 1

We made several usability improvements in Orcas that are small features to make things simpler. I will cover these in two parts. Drag-and-drop attachments You can now drag-and-drop files from your file system to add attachments to work items. This makes adding multiple attachments much easier. Here’s a short clip on how this works: *…

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Managing Documentation Projects in Team Foundation Server, Part 2: Tracking Work Items

Here’s the second post on a series of posts on how we use TFS to managing our documentation process. Compliments of Allen Clark. —— After our monthly planning meeting (discussed in my previous post), we copy the scenarios that we are going to address into an Excel workbook. We then break each of those scenarios…


Managing Documentation Projects in Team Foundation Server, Part 1: Planning the Sprint

Here is the first of a series of three posts on how we use TFS to managing our internal documentation projects. They are compliments of my friend Allen Clark in our User Education group. He provided all the content for these posts. (Thanks Allen!) —— The team that writes online Help topics for Team Foundation…


TFS Power Tools Release – Work Item Templates – Advanced Tips

This is the third and last post on a series of posts introducing the work item templates feature in the September, 2007 Power Tools release. The first post introduced the feature. The second post talked about the bulk updates. This post will talk about some advanced tips with work item templates.   Tip #1 –…


TFS Power Tools Release – Work Item Templates – Bulk Edit

In the introduction post, I introduced the Work Item Templates feature in the latest power tools release. This post will talk about how you can use work item templates to do bulk edits. Let’s take the following scenario: We want to move several tasks from one iteration into another. Starting with a set of tasks…


TFS Power Tools Release – Work Item Templates – Introduction

Brian Harry introduced the power tools release in his blog. Work Item Templates is a new feature we’ve added in this latest version of the Power Tools release. In short, Work Item Templates allows you to open a blank work item form, predefine the values of several fields, then apply that set of values at…


Dashboard Creator – Part IV

In previous posts, I introduced on the Dashboard Creator tool that I made in Excel. The most recent post presented an example of where you could pull data from external sources into your dashboard, and display alongside TFS stored data. What I found when creating this dashboard creator was that while TFS would reference people…


Dashboard Creator – Part III

In previous posts, I introduced on the Dashboard Creator tool that I made in Excel. In short, the Dashboard Creator takes list data that appears on Excel sheets, and packages it into a dashboard. I proposed you can get that data into the list by using a TFS-Bound List. I also wanted to share, that…