Allen Clark

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  • Blog Post: How do You Prioritize Content Work? Here's What We Did for Team Foundation Content

    Once we identified most of the items (stories) in our backlog, we started to prioritize them. In our first pass, we adapted a technique that Mike Cohn teaches called Theme Scoring . I say adapted because we didn't identify a small number of themes and rank them using this technique. Rather, we identified...
  • Blog Post: The Content Backlog for Team Foundation: It's About What the Developer Does, not What the Product Does

    In the past, we managed our work by defining the topics that we need to write, and then estimating and prioritizing the work to write those topics. Before VS2010, that worked really well. We documented the features that the product team created. As they created new features, we added topics to the backlog...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Backlog of Content Work

    I have posted a couple of series on how we plan content work for Team Foundation, one in 2007 Planning the Sprint Tracking Work Items Reporting Status and the other in 2009. How we Track Content Work Managing Technical Reviews in TFS and SharePoint Reporting...
  • Blog Post: Using the Schemas to Edit Work Item Types and Process Templates for Team Foundation in Visual Studio

    I've just posted the Team Foundation schema files for process templates and work item types on Code Gallery: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/TFSchemas/Wiki/View.aspx?id=25933 . You can drop the schema files in Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Xml\Schemas and Visual Studio will validate your...
  • Blog Post: Enabling new Application Lifecycle Management Features for Visual Studio 2010 in Upgraded Team Projects

    When you upgrade your server to Team Foundation Server 2010, you will have a wealth of new features available. Generally, you don’t have to do anything except start using those new features. For example, you can use the new types of links between work items, such as parent and child links, immediately...
  • Blog Post: The 5 most read Visual Studio ALM help topics on MSDN

    Curious about what other people are reading about Application Lifecycle Management in Visual Studio? Here are the 5 VS ALM topics that are read most often on MSDN: Topic Views Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management 130,061 MSF for Agile Software Development...
  • Blog Post: Streamlined: Extending Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management

    I've been working on streamlining some content in an effort to make it easier for you to get the information that you need. The first place I did this was in the Team Foundation SDK, in Extending Team Foundation and Extending Work Item Tracking . I'm looking at doing the same thing for Extending Visual...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Power Tools Update

    A new version of the Team Foundation Power Tools has just been released. Some highlights: There's a tool to help you back up Team Foundation Server The Best Practices Analyzer has been updated
  • Blog Post: Updated: Customizable Process Guidance

    A couple of weeks ago, I posted customizable process guidance packages on Code Gallery. I've updated those to pick up a few minor changes that we published on MSDN yesterday. http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/VSScrumGuidance http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/MSFAgileGuidance http://code.msdn.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Customizable process guidance

    I've just posted versions of process guidance for Visual Studio Scrum 1.0, MSF for Agile Software Development v5.0, and MSF for CMMI Process Improvement v5.0 on Code Gallery so that you can customize them and associate these customized versions with your team projects. http://code.msdn.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation SDK Feedback

    Earlier this year, I noted that I had seen a bad trend in ratings for the Team Foundation SDK content , and that we were going to change course in order to try to correct that. We published the new Team Foundation SDK for VS 2010 in late June, and I've been watching the feedback. Although the SDK content...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation SDK for VS 2010

    We have just published the first increment of the Team Foundation SDK for VS 2010 . Several months ago, I commented on the negative trend we have seen for the TF SDK content, and I explained that we had started an effort to attempt to turn that around by taking a very different approach. We're experimenting...
  • Blog Post: Where are those Team Foundation namespaces?

    Some of the namespaces in the Team Foundation client object model aren't in namespace .dll. Sometimes, the namespace is spread over more than one assembly. Here's a table to help you find the namespace your interested in, and to make sure you have the whole thing. (These are installed with Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Sample Code: Connect to Team Foundation Server

    Connecting to Team Foundation Server programmatically isn't as obvious as you might expect. Here's a topic that describes how to do that that. It'll be included in the TFS SDK when we publish that. Let me know whether this info is helpful, and what else you'd like to see. My next post will cover doing...
  • Blog Post: Project Management page views

    I've commented several times that page views for project management content are way up in Dev 10. I decided to look at that a little more closely. I looked at the page views for project management as a percentage of all of VSTS (or VS ALM). For comparison, I also looked at the page views for the rest...
  • Blog Post: Opposing Trends in Feedback on my Help Topics for Team Foundation

    When I look at the feedback that we've received for the topics that I wrote or that I've picked up to maintain, I see a generally positive trend. In VS 2008, ratings for these topics are slightly better than they are for my topics in VS 2005. In Dev 10 Beta, the ratings are vastly improved over that...
  • Blog Post: November Feedback on Help for Team Foundation 2010 Beta 2

    Summary Page views continue to increase Ratings continue to be high (average 4.31 out of 5, compared to about 3 traditionally) Project management continues to have twice as many page views as the next area (also still administration) 4 out 5 of the most viewed topics were in project management...
  • Blog Post: October Feedback on Team Foundation Help in Dev 10 Beta 2

    Last month, Beta 2 shipped, and we posted a corresponding update to the help content. Page views, ratings, and feedback have all more than doubled in October compared to previous months. Overall ratings remained higher than we had in VS2005 & VS2008, and most of the lower ratings come from topics...
  • Blog Post: Enabling New Application Lifecycle Management Features for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 in Upgraded Team Projects

    You're probably using the RTM version of VS 2010 rather than the beta. If that's the case, see this post instead. If you are using Beta 2, read on... After you upgrade your server to Visual Studio Team System 2010 Beta 2, you have a wealth of new features available. Generally, you don’t have...
  • Blog Post: September Feedback on Help Content for Beta 1 of Team Foundation

    In September, we didn't have a lot of feedback, so I'm going with the flow and providing a very brief overview of that feedback. (Excuses, excuses). In fact, only three topics recieved ratings. Visual Studio Team System received two ratings with an average score of 3 (average). I'm not sure whether...
  • Blog Post: August Feedback on Beta 1 Content for Team Foundation 2010

    Summary Admin content is once again the most viewed section, although not by the historical 5:1 margin. The trend of high ratings for new content (using new approaches) continues. Details In August, there were almost 15,000 page views, with 9 ratings (mostly high) and 3 comments. That...
  • Blog Post: Feedback on Help for Team Foundation

    Include your email when you leave feedback on help for project management in VSTS if you'd like a response. I can't guarantee that you'll get one, but I'd wager that you will.
  • Blog Post: Great Organizations Surprise You

    As we write help for Team System, we try to hand topics off for localization as early as we can, but not too early. We don't want to incur the cost of relocalizing topics that we need to change. For example, if I hand off a topic that I've written about the warehouse schema, and then the schema changes...
  • Blog Post: July Feedback on Beta 1 Content for Team Foundation 2010

    Summary The trends this month are good (or neutral). New content is getting high ratings; existing content is taking the low ratings. No new negative feedback on empty topics; one high rating on an "empty" navigation topic. Project management remains 5 times higher than it's traditional...
  • Blog Post: Summary of feedback in July on Beta 1 Content for Team Foundation 2010

    Summary The trends this month are good (or neutral). New content is getting high ratings; existing content is taking the low ratings. No new negative feedback on empty topics; one high rating on an "empty" navigation topic. Project management remains 5 times higher than it's traditional...
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