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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Work Item Rules Workarounds: Secure creation of a work item type

In our last post in this series, Sunder blogged about Deactivating a work item type. Here’s another popular request: “Secure creation of a work item type”. For example, people say: “Only my Testers can create bugs” “Only my Business Analysts can create Requirements” This is a legitimate request and we don’t have a good answer…


Building lightweight dashboards using Excel

TFS work items can provide a wealth of information that can be used for decision making and analysis, answering questions like: Are we on track? Is our bug debt growing or shrinking? What is our incoming/fix/close rate? and many others… One way of keeping on top of the daily status is by building dashboards that…

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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…