TFS Projects Best Practices (ACV) … Which Epics should we be considering for this likely new project?

One of the “possible” new Ranger projects is currently known as TFS Projects Best Practices.

When the project idea was nominated by Francisco Fagas the following description was defined: “CLIPART_OF_15054_SMJPGGuidance about best practices of how to structure team project collections and projects depending on some common scenarios as a strategic of implementation of TFS, for example how to structure TFS team projects and collections for simple projects: 1 project 1 deliverable, 1 company multiple deliverable, 1 company multiple projects, etc.

At this stage we have defined three high-level Epics:

  1. As Dave (TFS Administrator) I want to understand how to structure Team Project Collections (TPC) within my organization.
  2. As Dave (TFS Administrator) I want to understand how to structure Team Projects (TP), Areas and Collections within my Team Project Collections.
  3. As Dave (TFS Administrator) I want to understand the implications of large projects and a mix of internal and external development teams on TPC and TP planning.

The project would be in a symbiotic relationship with the Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance project, which is heading for a possible maintenance upgrade as well.

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Your candid feedback would be appreciated in terms of the proposed Epics. Either suggest a change to one of the Epics or propose one or more alternative Epics. The only constraint we have is that we are limited to a maximum of three Epics at this stage.

Comments (7)
  1. Drew says:

    TFS Security Best Practices would be most interesting in Version Control and Area PathIterations in Team Projects.

  2. Daniel Oliveira says:

    That´s a great project.

    It would be great to provide some guidance on backup strategies and disaster recovery.

    Another interesting point would be how to define some performance baseline so I can monitor my TFS instances.

  3. BHardister says:

    A critical and long lasting policy is the question of when to create a new Team Project. I know there are many different positions on this. I think it would be great to set out some clear criteria that will help user make the best decision for their organization.

  4. schrammm says:

    As Willy suggested I add my questions here:

    In short words:

    How to deal with TeamProjects, SourceControl and WorkItems at a long time continously developed product. While WorkItem configuration could change from time to time. How to avoid conflicts with "old" WorkItems.

    In long words (And also possible solutions):…/a3429d95-0189-4a0e-b18e-b57cda92a27f

    I would be very happy if you could share your input on that.

    Thanks and all the best,


  5. Drew, Daniel, Bob and Schrammm, thanks for your feedback. We will include these ideas in our planning 🙂

  6. Dale says:

    As a team lead over a team project, I want to understand who would normally be given team project administrator role.

    Should only TFS admin have team project admin role or should team/technical lead or designee have team project admin role?  What's the best practice?  Any documentation?

  7. Dale, I will add your ideas to our backlog. We have shipped the panning guide v1 ( and are currently working on disaster recovery.

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