Conchango releases Task Board Beta!

Conchango has been working on a cool Task Board application for folks using their Scrum template. Check it out the details here. I also heard from Ajoy Krishnamoorthy mentioned that there is a patterns & practices team that is started using it and will talk about their experience later this year. In the meantime, I’d…


New Power Tool for handling display name change in TFS

In an earlier post, Dan had posted the details on how a display name change in Windows or Active Directory doesn’t automatically get updated in all the areas in TFS. We had a tool to help address this issue that was available only through our Customer Support. Now, in our latest Power Tool release, we…

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Using TFS, Excel, and Agile to deliver on time and on budget

We just finished our first real sprint using TFS, Excel, and the Agile process. One of the things that we had trouble doing in our last sprint, which wasn’t really a sprint, but rather more of a marathon that seemed to never end, was shut down. We slipped our end date several times and each…

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How Microsoft/DevDiv uses TFS-Chapter 8 (Tracking Quality Gates)

In a previous post, I talked about how we tracked risks across multiple projects. In this post, I’ll talk about how we tracked quality gates. Let’s ponder this for a moment. Let’s say at the beginning of the Orcas development cycle, someone very high up in the organization makes statements like the following: VS 2008…


How Microsoft/DevDiv uses TFS-Chapter 7 (Tracking Risk)

In the previous post, I talked about tracking progress across multiple projects. Here I’ll talk about how we tracked risks across multiple projects. First, let’s look at the Progress tab of the Feature record. You’ll see two fields related to risk. Risk Level is the standard traffic light indicator for risk. Green = We will…


How Microsoft/DevDiv uses TFS – Chapter 6 (Addendum)

In my previous post, some people asked how we went about creating the report I talked about. I asked the fellow who created this report internally. Here was his response, which I’m passing on to you. (Thanks Doug!) NOTE: I’ve also attached the .RDL file he forwarded along. being quote> Here is the query which…


TFS Send Mail for Team Explorer

As Brian Harry noted in his Blog, Orcas SP1 will have the ability to email a list of work items from either a query or the results view in Team Explorer.  This is a feature that will have everyday application.  I personally love it as a PM sending out email to the team which brings…