Brian Keller

Director of ALM Evangelism for Microsoft

Announcing kanban and git-tf for TFS

Announcing kanban and git-tf for TFS

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Today we announced the addition of two new capabilities for TFS.

The first is a new kanban board for Team Foundation Service.

Kanban is an increasingly popular process used by engineering teams to help ensure that they are providing a continuous stream of value to their customers while limiting the amount of work in progress for any given phase of the engineering lifecycle. Now you can use kanban along with the rest of the agile project management tools already built into Team Foundation Service.

You can learn more about the new kanban board in my Channel 9 interview with Gregg Boer, a program manager on the TFS team:

The second new capability is designed to help combine the local repository offered by Git with the integration application lifecycle management solution offered by Team Foundation Server.

Git-tf is a new cross-platform bridge which was announced today and allows developers to combine the local repository capabilities of Git with the integrated application lifecycle management tooling of Team Foundation Server.

Now you can use a Git repository locally, and when you're ready to, check in code to TFS. You can even continue to take advantage of integration between work items (such as bugs and requirements) in TFS when you want to enable end-to-end traceability of the relationship between your work and your code changes. This bridge is a cross-platform tool built with Java, so it runs on many operating systems, including OS X, Linux, and Windows. This means that you can use Git clients (such as Xcode) and maintain the ability to check code into Team Foundation Server.

For more information on git-tf, check out my Channel 9 interview with Matt Mitrik, also a program manager on the TFS team:

 

You can read more about both of these capabilities over at Brian Harry’s blog:

  • Thanks, that's very cool!

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