Rich text in work items

It is probably common knowledge by now that the history and html fields allow rich text input. Since there is no toolbar to edit rich text, I have seen users even compose text in editors like Microsoft Word and then paste it in the work item. But looks like it is not very well known that…

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How Microsoft/DevDiv uses TFS – Chapter 2 (Feature Crews)

One of the issues that Microsoft has to deal with on a very large scale is that while they are managing 1200 individual features, all of this works on a single code base. With all that activity going on, how do you maintain the quality of the code base, while allowing individual teams to focus…


How Microsoft/DevDiv uses TFS – Chapter 1 (Our Process)

Introduction Many times, we have been asked: “How does Microsoft uses Team Foundation Server”. This series of posts will answer that question (at least in part), by taking you through the processes the Developer Division went through to develop the Orcas release. It’s important to keep in mind that everything I’m showing you is based…


Project Server or Team Foundation Server? Project Server AND Team Foundation Server!

I have been cross posting at this blog as well as at http://blogs.msdn.com/ameyab. Going forward, I will be posting my blog posts at http://blogs.msdn.com/ameyab only. I will post a link to my TFS specific blog posts on this blog. Two reasons for doing this. 1/ This blog focuses on all things TFS and some of…

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Demo – tutorial: Building a TFS report using Report Designer

I gave a talk to an internal team sometime last year on building TFS reports. The talk was recorded and I rediscovered that video a few days ago. I did a couple of report-building demos during the talk. Here’s one of them:       Ameya Bhatawdekar Program Manager, Team Foundation Server

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OranTech Project Party

Technorati Tags: Project Server,Connector,OranTech,ProjectParty This week I met the team from OranTech and saw a demo of their ProjectParty solution. ProjectParty connects Project Server 2007 and with Team Foundation Server 2005.  It synchronizes meta-data (fields, enumerations) and data (tasks, assignments, resources) between the two system. The solution supports many to many Project Server to Team…

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Can I move work items assigned to one user to another using TFSWitDisplayNames tool?

Short answer is – no.   This post is the result of a question from one of our customers who had the following scenario: 1. They have an external developer with a domain account (domain\JohnDoeExternal) 2. The developer gets hired by the company, so they create another account for this user (domain\JohnDoe) 3. They wanted…

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As of Today TFS Cube Report in Excel

This walk through shows you how to get started using Excel to build a TFS report displaying Cube data relative to today. When you build a report using an Excel Pivot Table often you want to filter that data by a date relative to today. For example you would like to see the number of…

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Work Item Tracking usability improvements – Part 2

In Part 1, I covered the following usability improvements we made in TFS 2008: drag-and-drop attachments, field name in tooltip, drag-and-drop columns and MRU field list. Here are the rest of the features.   Project scoped field list The list of fields shown in query builder are now scoped to the active project that is…

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Value Propositions, Experiences and Features revisited

A long time ago, I wrote a post on the internal project management processes we are using in Developer Division.  It was all about Value Propositions, Experiences and Features.  A year later, I’d like to revisit that and dive into the process we are using in Visual Studio Team System. Not surprisingly, our process has…