Customizable process guidance

Allen Clark

I’ve just posted versions of process guidance for Visual Studio Scrum 1.0, MSF for Agile Software Development v5.0, and MSF for CMMI Process Improvement v5.0 on Code Gallery so that you can customize them and associate these customized versions with your team projects.

These versions don’t have tables of contents. I’m interested to hear how seriously that impairs your ability to use them. The instructions are fairly open-ended about how you actually edit and publish these. Here they are again:

Download and unzip this package (Downloads tab). Edit the html files to customize them. Publish them in a location to your users can access. Modify the guidance redirection files in your team projects to point to your customized content. Under DocumentsProcess Guidance: For example, in Process Guidance.html replace <meta http-equiv=”refresh” content = “0;URL=″ > with <meta http-equiv=”refresh” content = “0;URL=http://[publishedLocation]/html/VisualStudioScrum1.0.html” >

I tried a couple of approaches to test customizing these pages. I liked WebMatrix to edit the html files, which was really very simple. I started up WebMatrix, choose Site from Folder, and then picked the folder where I unzipped the process guidance.

Next, I navigated to the html file that I wanted to edit, opened it and modified the html file for my needs. Tip: turn on word wrap.

To publish these, I just shared the folder that I was working in, and that worked. (WebMatrix has facilities to publish to a web site that look really easy, also). When I edited the guidance redicetion files (right-click->edit in the team explorer), I pointed to the shared html files like this: <meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”0;URL=file://server/share/html/MSFforAgileSoftwareDevelopmentv5.0.html” >…(read more)


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