TFS & Visual Studio ALM – by Neno Loje

(formerly Team System, VSTS)

Configuring Urban Turtle for customized process templates

April 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Urban Turtle is a planning and task board extension to Team Web AccessYou are using Urban Turtle, and when opening the Planning Board or Task Board tab you receive the following error message:

Error Message: Errors in the configuration file currently prevent Urban Turtle from properly displaying some data (see more details).

Urban Turtle needs to be configured to support custom processes.


Urban Turtle supports the following process templates out-of-the-box:

  • MSF for Agile Software Development (English and French version)
  • Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 (English)
  • Scrum for Team System v3

For other/customized process templates/work item types, you need to supply a config file.


  • Locate the folder {ProgramFiles}\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010\Application Tier\Web Access\Web\UrbanTurtle\configuration\project’
  • Copy the .XML file of an existing process that fits most
    (do not modify the original .XML files as those are removed during uninstall/upgrade)
  • Change the copy of the .XML file to the values from your process template
  • Enjoy Urban Turtle!

Note: If you are using "MSF for CMMI Process Improvement" you can contact Urban Turtle support and they will send you a compatible configuration file to drop in the config folder.

(Thanks to Mario Cardinal and the UrbanTurtle team for this support with this.)


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