Work Item rules workaround: Saving the resolved reason

In our last post in this series, Gregg blogged about securing a work item type. Another question along these lines: “How can I save the resolved reason? I want to create metrics based on how bugs were resolved, but the value of the ‘Reason’ field is changed when the bug is closed” Here’s the solution:…

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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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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…


How Microsoft/DevDiv uses TFS – Chapter 5 (Tracking Progress)

Before we talk about tracking progress, it might be useful to review the feature crew lifecycle as described in a previous post. The picture below will be a reference point for this post. The picture below shows the "Progress" tab of our "Feature" work item type. Basically, you are looking at my status report. As…


How Microsoft/DevDiv uses TFS – Chapter 4

In the previous posts, I spoke about how we used TFS to implement the process. In this post, I’ll talk about how we went about planning a release. On the feature record, we had a “Planning” tab: Zooming in a bit: What we did is have people enter an estimated cost for each feature in…