Our team recently reviewed a 3rd party tool called ProjectParty from OranTech. We were impressed with the completeness and apparent quality of the solution. It does a good job of supporting both top down planning through Project Server and bottom up reporting.
I don’t think you are going to be seeing a ton of blog content from me for a while. I’ve been at Microsoft over 13 years now. 6 years ago I earned a “sabbatical” under a program that was in place at that time.
Bill Essary did a fantastic talk this week on how TFS works in a distributed environment. This talk shows how the various TFS components communicate. It gives guidance on how these communication paths put constraints on the network topology. It explains how these constraints can be applied in a distributed development environment.
Everything is prepared for the first Team System Conference in Munich, Germany. The conference offers an opportunity to learn about the breadth of the Visual Studio Team System ALM solution, addressing beginners as well as experts.
Customer case studies from well-known companies like ABB,
A new version of the Database Professional Power tools has just been released. This version is now compatible with VS/VSTS 2008 and contains a slew of new features. Check it out…
And here’s some docs on it:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/b/8/fb8d1c0d-c0c4-4004-ab86-12396b2a3ee3/Power Tools 2008.doc
Here’s a summary of the features in this release
If you follow my dogfood statistics, you’ll notice that some of the numbers at the bottom are up quite a bit. The +200 recent user bump represents the increase in usage as we approach the completion of the roll out of TFS to the entire division.
I’ve gotten several questions how about whether or not the eScrum add-on works with TFS 2008. I’ve contacted the people who wrote that code and gotten the answer. Here is what I heard:
The existing eScrum MSDN release is compatible with TFS 2008,
Due to a snafu, the TFS docs were inadvertently removed from the VS2008 SDK. The situation has been remedied. You will find the latest version of the TFS SDK docs here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb130146.aspx. Many of you probably never noticed – all the better 🙂
Our dear friend Etienne has written up his experiences installing TFS 2008 on Windows 2008. It’s definitely more complex than installing it on Windows 2003. The issues revolve around our uncertainty of the status of WSS on Windows 2008 at the time we were shipping TFS 2008.
We have now completed shipping all of the localized versions of Team System Web Access. You can now access your Team System data using the Team System Web Access web interface in 9 different languages. Team System Web Access supports popular browsers,