Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Quicky TFS 11 | Finally easier to manage Iterations and Areas

Having problems with projects regarding Iterations and Areas ?

This sounds stupid, but on large projects lasting for many years with many program versions, you end up having hundreds of Iterations and Areas. Moreover having no proper start/end dates on your iterations just increases the mess, since Iterations and Areas are the only 2 key concepts to split your Work Items into chunks of respectively timespan and Business area.
All your reports will depends on those 2 parameters properly set up.

Our nightmare finally ends with TFS 11 (Preview version) throught a Web interface and the Scrum 2.0 Process Template :

  • Drag and Drop for creating new child, sub child, ...
  • Right click with contextual menu

  •  Double click on the iteration and opens a detailed view, either to rename or add properties. Our reports for the Sprint Reviews will FINALLY have Start Date and End Date easier to manage :

Now we can create a new Work Item for example inside Visual Studio 11.
A good surprise is that I can attach a file to the Work Item simply by Drag and Drop (in TFS 2010 I think I also got it working Once Upon a Time, but never manage to make it work on this current projet) :

Finally not all previous feature have been reworked. We still have the horrible non intuitive popup to manage Build Qualities:

 Hope I will have other nice surprises as I dog food this version with a real project.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Start playing with "Windows Azure"-based TFS Service (Preview)

Got an account on Team Foundation Server on Windows Azure, thanks to a great guy - just the best of the best ;-) currently attending the Microsoft BUILD Windows 2011 conference.

Here my first go on setting up the system, with MSF for Agile Software Development 6.0 - Preview 1

I have to install locally tools to play with this TFS clould based. So please wait...
Feel free to contact me to obtain an invitation to have your own account (I only got 5 of them).

In the meantime, once connected to TFS Azure, it offer a menu that reminds TFS Web Access :
"Home" / "Work Items" / "Source" / "Build" / "Members" / "Security"
It's quite rapid to use and here are some snap-shots:

Next step will be to onfigure and run a build  ;-)