Three Best Practices For Success in TFS 2010 Agile Projects

Okay, there are a lot of things you probably should be doing in TFS 2010 and probably are already doing. But my “Big 3” best practices are things some agile development teams I have worked with should be doing, but they tend to balk at even when I emphasize the importance of each. So I…

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Handling Change Requests in Three Tier Hierarchy for MSF Agile 5.0

In this short post, I will discuss two models for handling change requests in the MSF Agile 5.0 process template for Team Foundation Server 2010. If you’re wondering “What Change Request?” since out of the box the MSF Agile 5.0 template doesn’t have one, then it is the Change Request that I added in the…

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Getting Started on Manual Testing With Microsoft Test Manager 2010

The Microsoft Test Manager 2010 is a new manual testing tool that integrates fully with Team Foundation Server 2010. This tool is designed for the Test professional, and integrates the management of test plans along with their test cases into the full development lifecycle of a Team Foundation team project. It delivers another degree of…

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Using a Three Tier Work Item Hierarchy With TFS 2010

This blog is to introduce you to one three-tier work item strategy we use at Microsoft for tracking requirements and tasks during iterative solution development. It comes in the form of a process template provided as a download in this post that you can upload to your TFS 2010 implementation. It is a small modification…

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Using MSF Agile 5.0 Workbooks in Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010

This blog provides a walkthrough of using the provided workbooks for iterative projects in the TFS 2010 MSF Agile 5.0 process template. First, let’s take a look at the Team Explorer “plug-in” in the Visual Studio 2010 IDE: Next, we’ll go to the SharePoint project portal to show how Team Explorer echoes its structure. We…

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A Few Critical Success Factors for TFS 2008 to TFS 2010 Migrations

With the considerable uptake of Team Foundation Server 2010, it’s time to get some blogs out there that reflect what I have learned over the past few months performing installs and migrations for customers. In general, my first suggestion is that you follow the Team Foundation Installation Guide for Visual Studio 2010 fully and to the…

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Details on Modifying Out of the Box SharePoint Site Templates for TFS 2008

For a long time I have wanted to get around to writing precise instructions on how to modify the out of the box MSF for Agile Software Development and MSF for CMMI Process Improvement process templates with respect to the SharePoint sites they generate. Based on questions from recent TFS 2008 consulting engagements, I believe…

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Decomposition of Tasks and Agile Methods with Team Foundation Server

It’s late on a Sunday night and I couldn’t sleep, so I thought I would crank out a blog post discussing my observations on decomposition of coding tasks with Team Foundation Server (TFS).  When I deliver training on TFS 2008, I always offer my commentary on this important matter, so I decided to put a…

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Problem with SharePoint Install When Configuring TFS 2010 Release Candidate

I ran into a problem doing a split install (separate App Tier and Data Tier) of Team Foundation Server 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2 while running the configuration wizard, allowing the wizard to install SharePoint.  It seems if you use a different service account (not builtin) for SharePoint (typically, WSSService) other than the one…

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How Do I Connect to TFS 2010 From Visual Studio 2008?

I’m sure some are wondering if they will be able to connect to Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 from the existing Visual Studio 2008 Team Explorer. The good news is “yes,” you can, but as of current you will have to provide the full construction of the URL in order to connect successfully. But there…

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