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  • Blog Post: Scaled Agile Framework: Using TFS to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs whitepaper

    We are pleased to publish the following whitepaper: Scaled Agile Framework: Using TFS to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs . The Scaled Agile Framework , or SAFe, is gaining popularity among organizations looking to scale Agile practices to the enterprise level. SAFe is a comprehensive...
  • Blog Post: Test Plan and Test Suite Customization with TFS2013 Update3

    One of the top feature requests from Microsoft Test Manager/Test Case Management users across various forums has been the ability to customize the Test Plan and Test Suite artifacts. Based on the feedback, with Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 3 , we are adding the functionality to add custom fields...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Engineering Stories - How We Build Software at Microsoft

    Before I joined Microsoft , I worked with many companies over many years helping them with transforming & improving their application lifecycle management practices. I was also very fortunate to have been awarded as a Microsoft MVP for many of those years and had the opportunity to interact closely...
  • Blog Post: Customization and configuration in VS ALM

    With Visual Studio ALM and TFS, you gain access to a wealth of tools, many of which you configure or can customize. Common areas that team's customize include team alerts, team home page, shared queries, and test platforms. For on-premises deployments, you can also add fields, customize work item types...
  • Blog Post: TFS 2013 process templates get a name change

    With the latest Team Foundation Service update and with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 RTM , we have changed the names of all process templates. From now on, the process template names will reflect the version of Team Foundation Server that supports their download. The new names are: ...
  • Blog Post: Help content for the Agile planning tools gets a makeover with TFS CU2

    With the latest VS ALM TFS update, we've given the help content for the Agile Planning tools a makeover - as you can see by going to Collaborate and Collaborate (dig deeper) . The collaborate content shows you how to use the Agile planning tools with the latest Visual Studio Team Foundation Server...
  • Blog Post: What do you mean "This topic is no longer available" ?

    First off - sorry that you reached this page and are not able to easily find what you need. When you reach this page, it doesn't necessarily mean that the feature is no longer supported or that content is not available for it. For several releases, we've been streamlining our content with the...
  • Blog Post: Add bugs to the task board or backlog pages

    Some teams like to track bugs as tasks and other teams track them as backlog items, such as user stories or requirements. If you’re using a Scrum project, bugs are already in your backlog. However, if your team project was created using the Agile, CMMI, or other process template, bugs don't appear...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers ship update #1 for the Team Foundation Server Word Add-in

    We are pleased to announce that we have released the first update to version (1.0.12.0622) of the Team Foundation Server Word Add-in, adding support for Word 2010 64-bit. See Word4TFS10-x64misi and Rangers_vsarword4tfs_1.0.12.0622_Everything.zip files in the latest The add-in allows you to import...
  • Blog Post: ALM Rangers ship the first version of Team Foundation Server Word Add-in

    We are pleased to announce that we have released the first version (1.0.12.0622) of the Team Foundation Server Word Add-in. The add-in allows you to import work items from a Team Foundation Server Team Project and generate professional-looking Word document from TFS Work items. For more information on...
  • Blog Post: Planning and Tracking - Flat TOC

    Sometimes it's nice to see what's available all on one page. Here's a flat TOC of the Planning and Tracking Projects content for VS ALM Team Foundation Server 2012. While this view doesn't represent all the topics available under the Planning and Tracking node - it does represent the most often viewed...
  • Blog Post: Keyboard Shortcuts for Team Web Access and Team Explorer

    You can use the following keyboard shortcuts within Team Web Access or Team Explorer. You can use the ARROW keys to change the focus. Use the ARROW keys to navigate within lists, menus, to expand/collapse hierarchical data, or to scroll the page. Change focus Key/mouse action...
  • Blog Post: Choosing the Right Tool for the Task to Manage Projects, Collaborate, and Monitor Progress in Visual Studio ALM

    If you are using Visual Studio TFS 2013, you can find this level of information in the following topic: Choose the Team Foundation client to support your tasks . In Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 you have a number of tools to perform some familiar tasks as well as excercise new tasks. In...
  • Blog Post: Introducing an Integrated Work Item Field Reference for Visual Studio ALM and TFS

    Have you ever wanted a single place to see what all the fields are that are defined in Team Foundation Server? Well now you can. Here are two new resources you can use to look up a definition and quickly see which fields are written to the relational database and which are stored in the Analysis...
  • Blog Post: Work Item Field Attributes - What You Can and Can't Change

    As a project administrator, you may need to modify a field that's being used in your team project. This post provides a quick reference as to what you can and can't change and how you make the change. Attributes That You Can Change Across a Team Project Collection Here are the attributes that you...
  • Blog Post: How to improve the performance of the first connect to TFS

    When you create your first connection to TFS the local client downloads the metadata required to work with the TFS work items. By default it downloads the metadata for all team projects in a collection, including the ones that you don't have access to. Martin Woodward has a great blog post if you want...
  • Blog Post: Set the current iteration in your queries

    On User Voice there is a request to be able to query on the current iteration . We have it on our backlog, but it won't ship it for Dev11. However there is a workaround , found by Mark Michaelis , that you can use to avoid having to update all your work item queries if the team moves to the next sprint...
  • Blog Post: Storyboarding with PowerPoint - Short Videos to Get You Started

    We’ve created a few videos to help you quickly get started with PowerPoint Storyboarding. Each video lasts between 1 and 2 minutes. Note : We’ve made a few updates to the Storyboarding tool since these videos were made (specifically we’ve removed the Animation section on the Storyboarding...
  • Blog Post: What's New in the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 11 Developer Preview

    This post provides an overview of most (but I don't promise ALL!) of the new tools, features, and enhancements available in the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 11 Developer Preview : New Look and Feel for both Team Web Access and Team Explorer Agile Project Management Agile Requirements...
  • Blog Post: Videos about Visual Studio ALM + Team Foundation Server 2010 on MSDN

    MSDN has many videos that show how you can use Visual Studio ALM tools and Team Foundation Server to help your team develop software more successfully: Testing How do I get started with test cases in Visual Studio Test Professional 2010? How do I manage test cases with Visual Studio 2010...
  • Blog Post: Videos about how to use layer diagrams, use case diagrams, and activity diagrams in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate

    These short YouTube videos show how to visualize: Software architecture on a layer diagram. You can validate code against the diagram to maintain architectural control of the code. Users' needs on UML use case diagrams and link use cases to work items in Team Foundation Server. Workflow on...
  • Blog Post: VS ALM Library Updates on MSDN for April 2011

    Normally, I use this space to discuss the important stuff: me, and the weather in the Pacific Northwest. But not this time. This time it's all about the writers. They are all fine people. Even though, except for one glorious day last Saturday, it has only been above 55 degrees twice since Febuary...
  • Blog Post: Want to better understand relationships between Team Foundation Server work items?

    You can create a dependency (DGML) graph to see links between work items by using the Work Item Visualizer available on MSDN Code Gallery for Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. This tool can help you: Analyze the hierarchy of your work items more easily. Perform basic risk/impact analysis when creating...
  • Blog Post: Short videos about how to visualize your code or system with Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate

    Each of these videos are less than 2 minutes long and provide very quick overviews of how you can use Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate to perform the following tasks: Explore large codebases in Architecture Explorer Visualize code relationships on dependency diagrams Build static and dynamic views...
  • 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 ...read more
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