Allen Clark

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  • 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: Team Foundation SDK Improved for VS 2010

    Back in January, I wrote this post that showed that we really needed to change directions on the SDK content. The major elements of the new approach are Throw out what was there because it wasn't working Deliver a new set of SDK content that covers at least the core elements of the client object...
  • 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: 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: New Sandcastle builds MSDN-style API Reference

    There's a new version of Sandcastle on codeplex . It supports .NET 4, and it builds MSDN-style API Reference topics that are compatible with the new Microsoft Help Viewer that was delivered with Visual Studio 2010. I'm on the inside looking out, but that seems like a good thing if you're trying to build...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: June feedback on Beta 1 content for Team Foundation 2010

    Earlier this month, I sent this email internally summarizing the feedback we've recieved on the Beta 1 content for Team Foundation.
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System

    By using the suite of tools in Microsoft Visual Studio Team System, you can apply proven practices to manage your application's life cycle, from understanding customer needs through code design and implementation to deployment. These practices can help your team create software that your customers value...
  • Blog Post: Summary of Feedback in June on Help Topics for Team Foundation 2010 (Beta 1)

    Summary There’s a small amount of feedback available. What’s New is the bright spot. Other feedback is on project management, and it’s bad, even though it has jumped to the top of the heap in terms of page views. Also - translation problems are hurting satisfaction, even for What’s New. - placeholders...
  • Blog Post: Give us feedback

    We published help content for Visual Studuio Team System 2010 Beta 1 that is substantially different from what we published in VSTS 2008. We're anxious to hear what worked well for you and what didn't. If you rate the topics that you read, we will use that to understand how to continue to improve the...
  • Blog Post: Managing Technical Reviews in TFS and SharePoint

    I've alluded to my plans to describe how we use TFS to plan, track progress, and do things like technical reviews. Brian Harry mentioned our tech review process in his blog post , so I'll write about that first. In the past, we've used an internal tool to manage technical reviews. The tool has some...
  • Blog Post: How we track content work.

    For a while, we were tracking our work by creating a backlog of scnearios, prioritizing them, then planning the top scenarios for our next iteratoin of work. We broke the scenarios down into tasks and tracked progress on those tasks over the course of an iteration. I mentioned that in my last post ....
  • Blog Post: Managing Content Development

    Back in 2007, I wrote three articles on how the Team Foundation user education team was using work item tracking and reporting features to help manage our content work. http://blogs.msdn.com/teams_wit_tools/archive/2007/10/16/managing-documentation-projects-in-team-foundation-server-part-1-planning...
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