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  • Blog Post: How DevDiv uses TFS

    Gregg Boer, a program manager on the TFS work item tracking team has started a series of posts outlining in good detail how we used TFS work item tracking within Developer Division to manage the Visual Studio 2008 project.  Based on the popularity of my Channel 9 video covering similar topics, I...
  • Blog Post: Update on DevDiv dogfooding of TFS

    Matt Gertz, Developer Division's manager responsible for our internal development tactics and process, recently posted an article covering the broad post-VS2008 efforts to more broadly adopt TFS within DevDiv for future product development. As regular readers of my blog know, Team System teams have been...
  • Blog Post: Internal usage stats for Team Foundation Server

    Joe Schwetz, the group manager of our TFS Solution Provider team, publishes a monthly report which updates us on the internal adoption of Team Foundation Server across the company. You've heard from me before about our internal dogfooding of TFS within the Team System team (including my most recent update...
  • Blog Post: Team System Web Access Power Tool released!

    Brian's recently announced the availability of the the Team System Web Access Power Tool. We've been using it internally for the past 3-4 months and as with most dogfooding efforts, we've found and fixed a bunch of issues. I think you'll find this release to be easier to use and have better performance...
  • Blog Post: TFS adoption at Microsoft

    Frequent readers of my blog know full well that we take TFS dogfooding very seriously here. In fact, just this month we're celebrating 3 years of using TFS within the Team System team...pretty amazing. As you might expect, usage is taking off in other groups as well. To learn more, I'd recommend reading...
  • Blog Post: Customizing TFS

    As I previously mentioned , I've been collecting data from current TFS users to understand what sorts of customizations to TFS they are currently making in preparation for my upcoming TechEd talk. I've received quite a few responses (thanks to everyone who responded!) and while no two are identical,...
  • Blog Post: Over 500 Million served

    I'm old enough to remember when McDonald's would display the number (in millions and billions) of hamburgers sold on their signs . Since they now serve 54 million customers a day, the signs now just say "billions and billions". As a kid it was fun to drive by and notice when the number had changed. I...
  • Blog Post: The many faces of quality

    Brian's been compiling a great series of posts regarding managing quality which I would highly recommend reading. His latest post about community feedback provides a view in on how we think about this important aspect of our development process. People are regularly asking me how we do things on the...
  • Blog Post: Managing Orcas Beta exit criteria by dogfooding TFS

    I've written a few times about our usage of TFS while we develop newer versions of Visual Studio and TFS. It's one of my favorite topics so I'm excited about a recent update that we've made to our system to help us manage the end game of our beta release of Orcas. Part of getting ready to do a major...
  • Blog Post: Reporting from Visio?!

    When I first read Ameya's new post regarding using Visio as a reporting tool for TFS, I thought he must have lost his mind. However, after watching his two videos and how easy it is to provide an alternative view on data flowing from the Team Foundation data warehouse, I can see the power of this integration...
  • Blog Post: TFS Server Manager

    Brian has recently posted about a tool that he introduced to me way before we released TFS. I found it immensely valuable to really get a handle on what was going on with our dogfood server and how much usage it had seen recently. He's been plugging away at this for quite some time and it's really turned...
  • Blog Post: Tell us what you think about reporting

    The teams responsible for Team System reporting are interested in your feedback as they map out a course for the future. Reporting is one of the most powerful components within Team System. In fact, I use the reporting capabilities of the system on a daily basis to help me get a handle on our various...
  • Blog Post: More details on managing work for Team System

    I've been meaning to write a more detailed post describing the mechanics for managing work for Team System . Turns out Siddharth beat me to it with his article on Tracking Customer Value . Take a look, it's very informative.
  • Blog Post: Managing work for Team System

    Martin Woodward , one of our newest Team System MVPs , was recently asking me about how we manage work within our team and if I'd be willing to share our TFS work item types to give a real world example. Our dogfood usage of TFS is one of my favorite topics and I'm interested in sharing with you our...
  • Blog Post: tasting fresh dogfood

    As I mentioned before , we’re in the process of updating our internal version of VSTS with updated bits. We made good progress last week. For instance, Monday night we resolved all known dogfood blocking issues. I emphasize the word “known” because this really means that we’ve cleared out the backlog...
  • Blog Post: refreshing dogfood

    One of the big things we’re working on in Team System land right now is getting ready to update to the latest version of Team System for our internal use…we’re currently doing business on top of VSTS Beta2. As others (such as RickLa and JohnLawr ) have noted, we use a lot of VSTS in the development of...
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