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New Feature Pack from Visual Studio Improves Project Management and Software Development Team Collaboration

New Feature Pack from Visual Studio Improves Project Management and Software Development Team Collaboration

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*** Update *** June 28th, 2011 – Please note the following resources are now available:

We are excited to announce the release of the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack which further strengthens Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Solution. The integration between Project Server and Team Foundation Server is a considerable advancement for organizations that want to bridge the collaboration gap between the Project Management Office and software development teams. The Feature Pack will enable teams to work together more effectively by:

  • Providing up to date insight into portfolio execution, alignment with strategic objectives, and resource utilization of software development projects by leveraging the quantitative data stored in different systems.
  • Automating the exchange and sharing of project information across teams and improving coordination between teams using disparate methodologies, like waterfall and agile, via common data and agreed upon metrics.
  • Enabling development and project management teams to collaborate and communicate project timeline and progress using familiar tools such as Microsoft Visual Studio, Project, and SharePoint.

Our Microsoft IT team has been using the Feature Pack internally for a while. As in many organizations, the software development teams and the project management teams weren’t collaborating as effectively as they could. Tools, even methodologies, were different and didn’t talk to each other. Now after implementing the Feature Pack, developers don’t have to spend time getting status updates, there is much better schedule alignment between teams and there is better visibility and clarity overall!

"By sharing data more efficiently, the team was able to reduce weekly time spent in status meetings to two hours from 20 hours. Now developers and project managers can focus on their work instead of spending hours each week in status report meetings, and managers can make better, data-driven decisions. In addition, managers and developers have streamlined access to information they need and have better insight into the entire ALM process.” - Michael Lucas, Senior Program Management Lead in Microsoft IT at Microsoft

One of our partners in Brazil that has the Microsoft ALM competency, TechResult, has also deployed the Feature Pack with the following the results:

“Team Foundation Server provides visibility and traceability all over my Project. Project Server provides governance across my organization. By integrating them I can extract the best from an ALM platform.” - Daniel Franco Abrahão de Oliveira, ALM Team Manager, at TechResult

Now, you can download the Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack from MSDN download center. We will continue publishing additional resources in the coming weeks, such as a demo Virtual Machine with a presenter script, additional case studies, and more- so stay tuned and we’ll let you know via this blog when they are available! Below are some of the key resources available now:

I urge you to take a look at connecting your software development and project management teams with today’s release.

Questions and Answers

Q. Is there a demo virtual machine (VM) with this feature pack and sample data I can use?
A. We are working on a demo VM that will include the RTM version of the feature pack (along with all the pre-requisites) that will showcase the integration between Project Server 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010; this VM will includes detailed demo scripts. Expect a release around the April 2011 timeframe. Until then you can use the CTP demo VM released last July 2010.

Q. How does this Feature Pack differ from the out-of-the-box Team Foundation Server and Microsoft Project add-in?
A. The Microsoft Project add-in allows project managers to use Microsoft Project to connect to Team Foundation Server to collaborate and participate in the planning and execution of software development projects. The Feature Pack enables integration between Team Foundation Server and Project Server and allows planning and status information to be synchronized between the two systems. Please read this article Operational Differences in Managing Projects Using Team Foundation and Project for more information.

Q. Are there any prerequisites or dependencies for this Feature Pack?
A. Dependencies are:

For a detailed description of dependencies and prerequisites please check this MSDN article: System and Setup Requirements to Support Integration of Team Foundation Server and Project Server. Please check out Brian Harry’s post for additional information: VS/TFS 2010 SP1 and TFS-Project Server Integration Feature Pack have Released

Q. What MSDN Subscription level is required to download the Feature Pack?
A. This Feature Pack will only be available to Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscribers (go to your MSDN download center, you should find the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack as an available download). An organization must own at least one license of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN.

Christophe Fiessinger
Senior Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Project
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  • Any idea when the Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack will be available for the Visual Studio 2010 Premium subscription level?

  • Hi,

    Do you know if this TFS 2010 and Project Server 2010 feature pack is supported and works if TFS 2010 and Project Server 2010 are on different Sharepoint 2010 farms?

    Thanks

    Faisal Masood

    http://www.FaisalMasood.com

  • Hi!

    Is it possible to publish work items created in TFS to be published to Project Server 2010 against the same resource.

    Rg

  • Ravi yes it's possible and that's one of the benefit of this integration is to leverage the same resources across both products. Try it out yourself using our demo virtual machine.

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