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Musings on Project Management, Work Item Tracking and Reporting from the TFS team

TeamPrise has just released their 3.0 version

For those of you who don't know, TeamPrise is one of our partners who deliver a front-end for Team...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 03/19/2008

Requirements Management with Visual Studio Team System 2008

Lori Lamkin -- the Product Unit Manager for Team Foundation Server -- has authored an excellent...

Author: Siddharth Bhatia MSFT Date: 03/13/2008

Project Server or Team Foundation Server? Project Server AND Team Foundation Server!

I have been cross posting at this blog as well as at http://blogs.msdn.com/ameyab. Going forward, I...

Author: Ameya Date: 03/06/2008

Are you affected by display name change in TFS?

In an earlier post, Dan had posted the details on how a display name change in Active Directory...

Author: Sunder Raman Date: 02/27/2008

Demo - tutorial 2: Building TFS reports using Excel and Excel Services

Here's another demo from the same reporting talk I presented sometime last year (video #1 available...

Author: Ameya Date: 02/24/2008

Demo - tutorial: Building a TFS report using Report Designer

I gave a talk to an internal team sometime last year on building TFS reports. The talk was recorded...

Author: Ameya Date: 02/22/2008

OranTech Project Party

Technorati Tags: Project Server,Connector,OranTech,ProjectParty This week I met the team from...

Author: Ameya Date: 02/21/2008

Can I move work items assigned to one user to another using TFSWitDisplayNames tool?

Short answer is - no. This post is the result of a question from one of our customers who had the...

Author: Sunder Raman Date: 02/13/2008

As of Today TFS Cube Report in Excel

This walk through shows you how to get started using Excel to build a TFS report displaying Cube...

Author: nericson Date: 02/11/2008

Work Item Tracking usability improvements - Part 2

In Part 1, I covered the following usability improvements we made in TFS 2008: drag-and-drop...

Author: Sunder Raman Date: 02/08/2008

Value Propositions, Experiences and Features revisited

A long time ago, I wrote a post on the internal project management processes we are using in...

Author: Siddharth Bhatia MSFT Date: 02/08/2008

We're hiring in Program Management too!

In my earlier post on hiring, I mentioned that there were a couple of job positions that hadn't made...

Author: Siddharth Bhatia MSFT Date: 02/07/2008

FAQ #6: How do I change the frequency that the reporting warehouse updates?

This tip comes from Markus Hain: The default update frequency is 3600 seconds (1 hour), below are...

Author: Siddharth Bhatia MSFT Date: 02/06/2008

FAQ #5: How do I destroy work items or work item types?

In order to destroy work items or work item types, you'll need TFS 2008 and you'll need the TFS 2008...

Author: Siddharth Bhatia MSFT Date: 02/06/2008

FAQ #4: How do you change to format of a date on a work item?

Recently, we were asked: A customer wants to format the dates in the Work Item to the format of...

Author: Siddharth Bhatia MSFT Date: 02/05/2008

Radius 90 v2 from 90 degree software has Analysis Services Support!

Last month, 90 degree software released their Radius 90 v2. The Radius tools are all about making...

Author: Siddharth Bhatia MSFT Date: 02/02/2008

FAQ #3: How do I find the location of the OLAP cube?

I've heard this one a couple of times and asked it myself a couple of times.  When I use Excel...

Author: Siddharth Bhatia MSFT Date: 02/01/2008

Dependency Management

Microsoft is a big place with a huge number of software products in development and a number of...

Author: Siddharth Bhatia MSFT Date: 01/31/2008

We're Hiring!!

I know that if you're reading this, you're interested in Team System! :-) How about taking that...

Author: Siddharth Bhatia MSFT Date: 01/31/2008

What improvements to subscriptions and notifications would you like to see?

I'm posting this on behalf of Matthew Moloney -- a PM intern who has joined us from Australia! He's...

Author: Siddharth Bhatia MSFT Date: 01/30/2008

New permissions on work item types?

Folks, I recently sent out a request to the VSTS Customer Council and the MVPs asking them if they...

Author: Siddharth Bhatia MSFT Date: 01/29/2008

FAQ #2: How do I enforce a rule on Area Path or Iteration Path?

I saw a question on this recently and thought it would be good to contribute to the FAQ that Gregg...

Author: Siddharth Bhatia MSFT Date: 01/29/2008

FAQ #1: How do you display a field twice on the same WIT form?

Many times I get asked questions, either via forums, in person, email, whatever. Sometimes, I answer...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 01/04/2008

Dashboard Creator - Update (v1.1)

In these four posts (I, II, III, IV), I introduced a Dashboard creator that I wrote using...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 11/01/2007

Work Item Tracking usability improvements in Orcas - Part 1

We made several usability improvements in Orcas that are small features to make things simpler. I...

Author: Sunder Raman Date: 10/30/2007

Managing Documentation Projects in Team Foundation Server, Part 3: Reporting Status

Here is the third and last post on a series of posts on managing documentation efforts using TFS....

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 10/29/2007

Managing Documentation Projects in Team Foundation Server, Part 2: Tracking Work Items

Here's the second post on a series of posts on how we use TFS to managing our documentation process....

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 10/22/2007

Managing Documentation Projects in Team Foundation Server, Part 1: Planning the Sprint

Here is the first of a series of three posts on how we use TFS to managing our internal...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 10/15/2007

TFS Power Tools Release - Work Item Templates - Advanced Tips

This is the third and last post on a series of posts introducing the work item templates feature in...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 10/12/2007

TFS Power Tools Release - Work Item Templates - Bulk Edit

In the introduction post, I introduced the Work Item Templates feature in the latest power tools...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 10/05/2007

TFS Power Tools Release - Work Item Templates - Introduction

Brian Harry introduced the power tools release in his blog. Work Item Templates is a new feature...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 09/29/2007

Dashboard Creator - Part IV

In previous posts, I introduced on the Dashboard Creator tool that I made in Excel. The most recent...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 09/27/2007

Dashboard Creator – Part III

In previous posts, I introduced on the Dashboard Creator tool that I made in Excel. In short, the...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 09/24/2007

Dashboard Creator - Part II

Dashboard Creator – Part II In a post last week, I introduced a Excel-based Dashboard Creator I...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 09/11/2007

Dashboard Creator – Part I

First, my thoughts on dashboards. In the many projects I’ve managed I’ve used lots of different...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 09/06/2007

New content on creating custom reports

There is new content on MSDN on building custom reports. Allen Clark has more details about it on...

Author: Ameya Date: 09/05/2007

How much time does my project team really have?

I think one of the greatest challenges for a project manager is to have a realistic view of how much...

Author: Ameya Date: 08/29/2007

What is a Team Project?

What is a Team Project and how does it map to the real world. That's a big question. I ran across...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 08/21/2007

Last post, I talked about how to filter on link types. Here’s an example: <Control...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 08/20/2007

In Whidbey, and Orcas, the work item links control that displayed the links always showed all the...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 08/20/2007

With Rosario, you can define multiple link types. This allows for you to customize link types to...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 08/17/2007

Restricting access for a specific set of users

Have you ever wanted to provide access to your TFS data to an external set of users, for example,...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 08/15/2007

Rosario: Managing hierarchies in Microsoft Excel

As a follow up to Gregg's post on querying on links and creating tree queries, I'd like to introduce...

Author: Yogita Manghnani Date: 08/10/2007

The enhanced query builder in Rosario offers the ability to query on links. This gives you the...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 08/03/2007

What’s new in work item tracking in Microsoft Visual Studio Team System code name “Rosario”

What’s new in work item tracking in Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System code name “Rosario”...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 08/03/2007

Tell us how you use TFS and MS Project client integration

If you use MS Project for scheduling and tracking the tasks in your projects, and round trip these...

Author: Yogita Manghnani Date: 05/30/2007

Cool tool for creating bugs from screenshots

SnagIt’s output for Team System lets you add screen captures to new or existing bugs with a single...

Author: dkershaw Date: 05/24/2007

Time Tracking - Part 3

Here's another blog about time tracking. One beef I have with most time tracking systems is that it...

Author: Gregg Boer - TFS Product Team Date: 05/17/2007

Do you find the work item tracking Query Builder easy to use?

Well, here at Microsoft, I use the query builder every day. We've used a query builder like this to...

Author: dkershaw Date: 05/15/2007

Understanding the TFS Cube

The initial learning curve for the TFS Cube is pretty steep. It is quite overwhelming to figure out...

Author: Jimmy Li Date: 04/30/2007

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