Process Template for Scrum: Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0

Today Microsoft released its first true Scrum process template for TFS. Even if the MSF for Agile template has been used by many Scrum teams it doesn’t always have the right terminology (i.e. Product Backlog Item would map to User Story, Sprint Backlog Item to Task and so on) and it feels a bit unnecessary having to do the translation between the generic terms and the Scrum ones. With the new template for Scrum these obstacles goes away.

The process template includes the following work item types for managing work with TFS:

  • Product backlog item
  • Bug
  • Task
  • Sprint
  • Impediment
  • Test case
  • Shared step

There are also a good set of reports included:

  • Release Burndown
  • Velocity
  • Sprint Burndown
  • Test Case Readiness
  • Test Plan Progress
  • Build Summary
  • Build Success Over Time

I’ve looked at the template and it feels like a really nice choice for those wanting to use Scrum and TFS. You get the Scrum terms out of the box and the right metrics to follow up on. It’s also nice to see the Sprint work item type that makes it easier to get the default values and not having to enter these all the time.

Download the new process template here.

Read about the process on MSDN here.

There’s also a introduction to Scrum here.

Visual Studio 2010 Architecture Tooling Guidance

The Visual Studio ALM Rangers has just released the first version of a Visual Studio 2010 architecture tooling guidance. I’ve spent some time reviewing the content and I like the practical approach taken to explain good practices around these new capabilities in Visual Studio.

From the project’s release notes:

“This release includes common usage scenarios, hands on labs and lessons learnt from the community discussions. The scenarios include understanding and reverse engineering an existing solution or starting a new solution from scratch. These are both common challenges that any dev lead or architect faces. The intent is not to give you an in-depth tour of the product features, but to present you with examples that show how these tools can support you in real world scenarios, and to provide you with practical guidance and checklists. This guidance is focused on practical ways of effectively using Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and other tools to create a new or revised design as part of application lifecycle management.”

Apart from a Q&A document the guidance also contains the following Hands-On-Labs (HOLs):

  • New Solution Scenario (HOL)
  • Explore an Existing System Scenario (HOL)
  • Creating extensions with the feature extension (HOL)
  • Extensibility Layer Diagrams (HOL)
  • Reusable Architecture (HOL)
  • Validating an Architecture (HOL)

Visit http://vsarchitectureguide.codeplex.com/ to read more and to download the guidance.

Lab Management (pre-release) 2010 Walkthrough VHD

The Visual Studio Lab Management team has released an updated virtual machine with the latest bits for testing out the Lab Management capabilities. The setup of lab management can be pretty involved so this is a great way to get to test the product in a quick and easy way!

See the following blog post for more details on what’s included in the demo image and what to need to do to get your environment up and running: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/lab_management/archive/2010/07/01/lab-management-pre-release-2010-walkthrough-vhd.aspx

Download to the VHD: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=592e874d-8fcd-4665-8e55-7da0d44b0dee&displaylang=en

If you prefer to use the Free Download Manager to batch download the files then Steve St Jean has created a list of the URLs to use: http://sstjean.blogspot.com/2010/07/want-to-try-out-visual-studio-lab.html

Visual Studio 2010 RTM Virtual Machines available

I really like that Microsoft builds virtual machines for us to use to try out new products. The only downside is that once in a while the images time-bombs and now this has happened with the latest Visual Studio RC 2010 image. Not too bad since we’ve been waiting for the RTM version for a while anyway and the new images have just recently been released for download.

Start downloading the images from the following locations:

Brian Keller has a detailed blog post on what’s included in the VPC as well as a nice list of files to download if you (like me) prefer to use the Free Download Manager to batch download the images.