What does Team Foundation Server 2013 offer the non-Windows user?

With the recent launch of Team Foundation Server 2013, I thought it would be a good time to take a step back and look at what Team Foundation Server (TFS) now provides to the non-Windows desktop user. There are plenty of scenarios where some part of the organisation is using different technologies that don’t involve…

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Exploring Work Item Charting in Team Foundation Server 2013

With today’s announcement of Team Foundation Server 2013 Release Candidate, I thought I would quickly take a look at the new feature “Work Item Charting” that is enabled in this release and has shipped out on Team Foundation Service. Work Item Charting allows you to use a browser based interface to create visual chart representations…


Well, I like Team Foundation Server and I like Git, but which is better?

With apologies to Harry Hill, we won’t be having a fight to find out because choosing between Git and Team Foundation Server (TFS) is no longer mutually exclusive. Version control is probably the single most important piece of the development environment after the IDE itself, essential for teams and I’d argue extremely valuable even for…

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Adding Completed Work to Task work items in the Scrum 2.x template (including Reporting)

An area that I am often asked about relates to the Scrum process template and in particular how the Task work item only measures a single unit of time, Remaining Work. I personally quite like the focus that having only one measurement has on an Agile project (see http://visualstudiomagazine.com/articles/2011/12/07/are-we-there-yet.aspx), however do appreciate that some teams…


Adding additional states onto the Agile Task Board in TFS2012

The new Agile Task Board is an excellent way of working in a Sprint, visually keeping track of tasks on either a per PBI basis, or on a user-by-user basis. If you’ve not seen the board in action before I recommend you check our own Giles Davies demoing the feature in this video (17mins 10 seconds in): https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechDays/UK-Tech-Days/Agile-development-with-Visual-Studio-2011…


Dealing with conflicts in TFS work items using the Excel integration

A question that pops up reasonably regularly when showing the Excel integration into TFS is how it deals with conflicts, e.g. a work item is updated by someone else not using Excel, and then you try and update (publish) the same work item from Excel. I thought it was worth a quick post to show…

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