Creating custom views in MS Project

Swamy, a Developer on my team, posted this information on the TFS forum and I wanted to share it with all of you since the question on how to customize the MS Project view comes up every once in a while.   With the MS Project integration in TFS V1, you get 2 TFS related views out…


Frustrated with the WIT Rules Engine?

I use TFS to manage my software projects. The software projects are to develop TFS, which gets kind of wierd 🙂 But there are many things I’d like to do with the WIT Rules engine, that I can’t. Like You can’t mark at task as Closed, unless you have Remaining Hours set to zero. You…


Team Foundation Server Reporting and Visio 2007

Visio 2007 has some very cool new reporting features. I’m very excited about the the PivotDiagram features in particular. PivotDigrams can be used to slice and dice data just like Pivot Tables in Excel. Here’s an example of a Visio report that shows the active and resolved bug and task distribution across a number of…

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Mapping keyboard shortcuts (like ESC to close a work item)

If you are a regular user of Visual Studio, you may already know this. But I didn’t for a while, and am now taking advantage of it. VS allows you to map keys to any number of commands, including Team Foundation Server commands. To do this, Select “Tools | Options”, then expand “Environment” and select…


Introducing myself – Gregg Boer

I’m Gregg Boer. I’m one of the Program Manager’s(*) on the Work Item Tracking team. I joined Microsoft about 1 1/2 years ago mostly because I was excited about the product they are developing. I think TFS has a way of changing how software development is done, enabling people to do the processes that we…


MS Project client integration with TFS

If you are a Project manager in charge of scheduling and tracking software projects, you probably rely on Microsoft Project to lay out the schedules, manage dependencies, load balance resources and estimate the end dates. The TFS add-in within MS Project enables you to easily add and update TFS work items as tasks to the…


A cool report authoring tool

In V1, the primary report authoring options are 1/ write SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports using Visual Studio Report Designer (part of the Business Intelligence Studio – or BIDS) 2/use Excel to connect to the cubes and build reports. Users can use also use Report Builder, a report authoring tool that ships with SSRS,…

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Tell us what you think about TFS Reporting

Reporting is a very powerful feature in TFS. It has a lot of capabilities and can provide some very deep and meaningful insights across the development lifecycle. But, some of our customers aren’t using the reporting system to its fullest potential.   The reporting team is interested in learning more about what you it is that you want out of the…

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Internal TFS Usage: Tracking Customer Value

Previously, Sam Guckenheimer blogged about Scenarios, Value Props and Experiences and introducing them into Developer Division. Jeff Beehler followed up and talked in more details about the work items that we’re currently using to manage the Team Foundation Server product. In this post, I’ll talk in more detail about what Value Propositions, Experiences and Features look like and…


Welcome!

Folks, Welcome to the “Teams WIT Tools” blog site!  I’m Siddharth Bhatia and I’m a Group Program Manager in the Team Foundation Server (TFS) team.  The team I work on is responsible for the Project Management, Work Item Tracking and Reporting features of TFS. We’re planning to share a bunch of interesting stuff about what we’re working on…