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4 12, 2012

Understanding the TFS Tabular Model

By | 2012-12-04T10:38:02+00:00 December 4th, 2012|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Practices, Process, Team Foundation Server, Tools, Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|1 Comment

We need to understand the tabular model – where the data comes from, how to edit the schema after you create it and how to create hierarchies. This section walks you through doing this in three of the main tables – Date, Team Projects and Work Items. This post will conclude with a discussion and walkthrough of the work item measures.

4 12, 2012

Replacing the Team Foundation Server Cube with a Tabular Model

By | 2012-12-04T10:37:58+00:00 December 4th, 2012|Practices, Process, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|1 Comment

The goal of this project is to rebuild, as faithfully as possible, the Tfs_Analysis cube in a tabular model for use with Power View or Excel or any other reporting tool which can connect to SQL Server Analysis Services.

3 04, 2012

Upgrading your process template to light up TFS 11

By | 2012-04-03T11:00:02+00:00 April 3rd, 2012|Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 11|1 Comment

TFS 11 provides a wealth of new features in terms of project management, development and customer involvement. But to take advantage of these features you have to make the right changes to your process template. With the release of TFS 11, Microsoft will include the ability to update an already deployed project, but what do [...]

7 03, 2012

Changing the download link of the Feedback Tool e-mail notification

By | 2012-03-07T16:00:50+00:00 March 7th, 2012|Visual Studio 11|0 Comments

In many large organizations (and some smaller organizations) there are rules which prohibit employees from downloading applications from external sources. Typically IT teams will download and vet the software on behalf of the end user and then host the software internally. This can cut down on threats from infected software and provides other benefits as [...]

7 03, 2012

Requesting Feedback with TFS 11 beta

By | 2012-03-07T11:00:53+00:00 March 7th, 2012|Visual Studio 11|0 Comments

I’ve talked about the feedback tool before when the TFS CTP was released and there have been many changes to the tool and the process as well (hopefully there will be more changes before the release). What is the feedback tool? In short, it is designed to solicit feedback from your customers on an application [...]

20 10, 2011

Manual Testing Code Coverage–Yeah!

By | 2011-10-20T10:38:33+00:00 October 20th, 2011|Microsoft Test Manager, Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|2 Comments

Much asked for and incredibly helpful but missing in Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft Test Manager 2010 was code coverage for manual testing. In Visual Studio vNext (and Microsoft Test Manager vNext) it’s available out of the box. To enable it, go to the test settings and select Code Coverage (there are some options but [...]

12 09, 2011

When iterative development causes problems

By | 2011-09-12T19:25:40+00:00 September 12th, 2011|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum, Team Foundation Server|2 Comments

I should start off by saying that I’m a big fan of Scrum “but”. Scrum imposes strict limits on a number of areas and absolutely requires a number of things being done. And by not doing them you are setting yourself up for failure. However, there are problems that Scrum does not address and which [...]