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  • Blog Post: Reporting in Team Foundation Server 2010: Part 6: Rich SQL Reporting Services Reports

    I started this series with a set of topics and broke the first one down into sub topics to cover the out-of-the-box experience in detail. With my last post , I covered the dashboards portion of the experience. Let’s look at the new SQL Reporting Services (SSRS/RS) reports written in Report Definition...
  • Blog Post: Reporting in Team Foundation Server 2010: Part 5: SharePoint Foundation Dashboard

    In my last post , I covered the topic on creating a team dashboard. Let’s look at the dashboard experience on Windows SharePoint Services / SharePoint Foundation: SharePoint Dashboards SharePoint Server dashboard Out-of-the-box experience Customizing the dashboard Creating a team dashboard Windows SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Reporting in Team Foundation Server 2010 – Part 4: SharePoint Dashboards: Creating a team dashboard

    In my last post , I covered customizing the SharePoint Server dashboard. The next topic is creating a team dashboard: SharePoint Dashboards SharePoint Server dashboard Out-of-the-box experience Customizing the dashboard Creating a team dashboard Windows SharePoint Services/SharePoint Foundation dashboard...
  • Blog Post: Reporting in Team Foundation Server 2010 – Part 3: SharePoint Dashboards: SharePoint Server dashboard customization

    In my last post , I covered the out-of-the-box experience with SharePoint Server dashboard. Let’s look at the next item on the list, customizing the dashboard: SharePoint Dashboards SharePoint Server dashboard Out-of-the-box experience Customizing the dashboard Creating a team dashboard Windows SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Reporting in Team Foundation Server 2010 – Part 2: SharePoint Dashboards: SharePoint Server dashboard

    In my last post , I outlined the out-of-the-box reporting options available in 2010: SharePoint Dashboards Rich SQL Reporting Services (SSRS) Reports Excel Reports from Work Item Queries Let’s walkthrough the dashboard experience when you integrate TFS with SharePoint. I’ll break this topic down a bit...
  • Blog Post: Reporting in Team Foundation Server 2010 – Part 1: Introduction

    This is the first chapter in the series on Reporting in Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010. In this series, I’ll cover the following topics: Walkthroughs for out-of-the-box experience including customizations Custom report authoring tools and walkthroughs An overview of the reporting architecture Read...
  • Blog Post: Customizing Work Item Link Types in TFS 2010

    A long time ago (almost 2 years ago), I blogged about how to customize link types. Since the Beta1 has been released, I thought it would be useful to reblog this information. Here are the links. The information is still valid. Rosario - Customizing Link Types Primer Rosario: Filtering link...
  • Blog Post: Forward Compat GDRs for Team Foundation Server 2010!

    TFS will be providing a General Distribution Release (GDR) to enable older versions of Visual Studio Team System Team Explorer to work with 2010 TFS. Releasing these GDRs will allow teams to move forward even when some people are not ready due to legacy code or business intelligence issues. We will support...
  • Blog Post: Team Explorer 2010 Beta 1 Compatibility

    Although many scenarios have been enabled in the VSTS Beta 1, there are a number of compatibility issues which are still being working on.     * List of Known Issues and Workarounds 1) Team Foundation Server 2010 administrative functions are only supported using Team Explorer 2010. Problem...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server 2010 - Relational Warehouse and Cube Schema Changes

    Team Foundation Server 2010 is a BIG release for us by all counts. We have made conceptual changes; Brian introduced some of the key concepts in TFS 2010 that includes the concept of Team Project Collections (TPCs). These changes required a lot of infrastructure support that we built from the ground...
  • Blog Post: Previous State and State Change Count

    Today I am going to look at two interesting fields in the Warehouse related to Work Items – Previous State, and State Change Count. The Previous State field stores the state a Work Item was in before it entered its current state. This field is in the [Work Item] table in the relational/dimensional...
  • Blog Post: Work Item rules workaround: Cannot close task unless Remaining Work is zero

    In the last post in this series , Gregg blogged about restricting a bug such that only the creator can close it . This is the last post in this series of workarounds that we have been blogging about. We saved this as the grand finale for our series.   Customers have asked us: “I don’t want to allow...
  • Blog Post: Work Item Rules Workaround: Only the creator of the bug can close the bug

    In our last post in this series, Sunder blogged about saving the resolved reason . (You’ve probably figured out that we have “tag-teamed” this blog series). So anyway, here is the next item in the series.  Customers have asked us: “I only want the creator of the bug to be able to close the bug ...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex Tool: WIT Synchronizer

    I just saw that Loic Baumann posted a tool on codeplex called WIT Synchronizer . It provides two pieces of functionality that has often been requested. “I’ve made a change to my Process Template, how do I push those changes to existing projects” “I’ve made some updates to my process in an in-flight project...
  • Blog Post: Work Item rules workaround: Saving the resolved reason

    In our last post in this series, Gregg blogged about securing a work item type . Another question along these lines: “How can I save the resolved reason? I want to create metrics based on how bugs were resolved, but the value of the ‘Reason’ field is changed when the bug is closed” Here’s the solution...
  • Blog Post: Work Item Rules Workarounds: Secure creation of a work item type

    In our last post in this series, Sunder blogged about Deactivating a work item type . Here’s another popular request: “Secure creation of a work item type”. For example, people say: “Only my Testers can create bugs” “Only my Business Analysts can create Requirements” This is a legitimate request and...
  • Blog Post: Work Item rules workaround: Deactivating a work item type

    In our last post in this series, Gregg blogged about forcing selection of reason . Let’s take a look at another question that we often get: “How do I deactivate/retire a work item type? I don’t want to destroy the type because I want to report on it, but I don’t want others to create new work items of...
  • Blog Post: TFS Warehouse Work Item Tracking Compensating Records

    Compensating Records What are compensating records? First a little background. Whenever a work item is updated a new revision is created. These revisions are moved over to the Warehouse and stored in the various Work Item Dimension and Fact tables. Each revision will be in the Warehouse – however...
  • Blog Post: Work Item Rules Workarounds: Force selection of Reason

    In our last post in this series, Sunder blogged about Closing down an iteration . Let’s take a look at another question: “ How do I force people to select a reason? ” We’ve had people come to us with the request to force their users to select a reason. The way State/Reason is implemented, there is always...
  • Blog Post: Work Item rules workaround: Closing down an iteration

    In our last post in this series, Gregg blogged about validating area path . Let’s take a look at another question: “ How do I close an iteration so that no one can log new items against it? ” For this example, let’s say we have completed Iteration 0 and don’t want users to log work items...
  • Blog Post: Building lightweight dashboards using Excel

    TFS work items can provide a wealth of information that can be used for decision making and analysis, answering questions like: Are we on track? Is our bug debt growing or shrinking? What is our incoming/fix/close rate? and many others… One way of keeping on top of the daily status...
  • Blog Post: Work Item Rules Workarounds: Validating Area Path

    There are many times when we get asked how to implement seemingly basic scenarios with the work item rules engine. What we’d like to do is publish a set of  blog posts with way to implement these commonly requested scenarios. One of those questions is: “How can I validate Area Path”. For example...
  • Blog Post: Conchango releases Task Board Beta!

    Conchango has been working on a cool Task Board application for folks using their Scrum template. Check it out the details here . I also heard from Ajoy Krishnamoorthy mentioned that there is a patterns & practices team that is started using it and will talk about their experience later this year...
  • Blog Post: New Power Tool for handling display name change in TFS

    In an earlier post , Dan had posted the details on how a display name change in Windows or Active Directory doesn't automatically get updated in all the areas in TFS. We had a tool to help address this issue that was available only through our Customer Support. Now, in our latest Power Tool release...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft/Dev Div uses TFS - Chapter 9 (Transparency in Reporting)

    I apologize for not getting this post out sooner. I was not feeling well most of last week. In a previous post , I talked about how we used TFS to implement the practice of Quality Gates. In this post, I'll talk some of the reports that were used to e track things from the top, CxO level, down to the...
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