Requirements Management on TFS 2010 should be improved out of the box

Reliance on third party products is Ok if you want to feed an ecosystem of partners, However for customers, the TFS requirement management should include something to use straight out  of the box instead oo relying on word or excel interfaces.

Its just an opinion and it was reinforced by attending a session at Tech Ed which seem more like a marketing session for third party tools…..

Tech Ed Rocks

Tech Ed 2010, TFS 2010 and then some

With a few TFS 2010 implementations under my belt , I got the chance to get to check out the following  presentations at Tech Ed 2010.  I am looking forward to match  the “tips and techniques” presented against real world implementations

DEV206 | Requirements Management with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server
Session Type: Breakout Session
Track: Developer Tools, Languages & Frameworks
Speaker(s): Lori Lamkin
Level: 200 – Intermediate
In this session, we cover how you can use Team Foundation Server to define, track, and verify against requirements. We cover the key partners that TFS integrates with, both TFS handles both formal requirements and agile requirements management techniques, and how to test against requirements using Team Test and Team Lab.
DEV405 | Deep Dive into Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server Reporting
Session Type: Breakout Session
Track: Developer Tools, Languages & Frameworks
Speaker(s): Steven Borg
Level: 400 – Expert
This sessions dives deep into understanding Team Foundation Server 2010 reporting. We very briefly overview the provided reports, both SSRS and Excel that come out of the box, before diving into what makes these reports possible. We dive into the behind-the-scenes data stores: the TFS_Warehouse and the OLAP cube, and understand their relationship as well as their structure. Then we step back up into the world of reporting where we create and extend reports from WIQL queries (built-in capability), create new Excel pivot-table reports and host them on a SharePoint portal, and modify SSRS reports. Finally, we look at how to make decisions about what data to capture to help drive overall process improvement.
DPR04-INT | Strategies for Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server
Session Type: Interactive Session
Track: Development Practices
Speaker(s): Jeff Levinson
Level: 200 – Intermediate