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"I really like the way you can access your work items from within Outlook. I like the way you can bring up the full work item forms, make edits, and save immediately to TFS. It was great to create new meeting requests or mail messages from the work items."

Lori Lamkin
Product Unit Manager for Team Foundation Server at Microsoft

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"I know of a good number of companies that will love having something like this - getting their timesheet management into TFS (so it can be reported on, especially) will make life a lot easier for them."

James Manning
Software Design Engineer for Visual Studio project at Microsoft

"I like the idea of being able to link work items to e-mails and meetings. I also like that it provides non-technical information workers the option of working with TFS in a more familiar environment. Congratulations to TeamExpand on the release!"

Jason Barile
Principal Test Manager for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server at Microsoft

"TX Chrono, by TeamExpand, allows users to easily track how they are spending their time, store that information in TFS, and make it available for reporting in the warehouse."

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Product Unit Manager for Team Foundation Server at Microsoft

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Updates for TFS Integration with Project Server

March 10th, 2011
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This week the VSTS team announced the release of VS/TFS 2010 SP1 and the TFS Project Server Integration Feature Pack. I wrote about the Beta versions of these tools in my previous posts: Service Pack, TFS Integration with Project Server. From a project management perspective, the primary goal of these packs is to enhance the collaboration between development and management teams.

The biggest component of SP1 is the set of core product changes needed to enable TFS integration with Project Server. The Project Server Integration Feature Pack is a server side synchronization/workflow tool that enables managers who work in Project Server to share information with developers who work in TFS. It has undergone significant improvements since Beta:

    • The Integration Feature Pack is now available in every language that Visual Studio supports: Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Korean, and English.
    • Key documentation has new chapters
    • Known issues and troubleshooting topics are updated
    • There are numerous bug fixes including a set of fixes based on the feedback from Beta adopters

TFS integration with Project Server allows managers and developers exchange up to date information in their familiar environments. This increases speed and efficiency of project execution. Project managers can work on high level tasks using a long-term plan. Developers can see the plan and split the high level tasks into detailed assignments.

As work is completed, Project Server gets updated with both resource availability and task progress. All of this has to go through the standard Project Server work approval process, so the project manager maintains control over the high level plan. If a project manager wants to deal with details of the development process, he can configure TFS integration with Project Server to import all task breakdowns.

All of this data can then be integrated in the Project Server portfolio to create reports on progress, resource availability, and other important aspects of all projects.

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TFS Integration with Project Server

December 13th, 2010
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The Project Server Integration Feature Pack Beta is available for download to MSDN subscribers from December, 7. It enables sharing project status and resource availability between team members using TFS and Project Server. How can TFS integration with Project Server enhance application lifecycle management? Here are a few ideas.

The most sophisticated feature of this TFS integration pack is that it enables management and development teams to work together and yet independently. TFS integration with Project Server ensures that business users who use Project Server and IT users who utilize TFS, leverage tools that are more convenient and comprehensive for them. At the same time, all crucial project information can be shared in the single environment.

TFS integration with Project Server

    • Helps track project execution, alignment with strategic objectives, and resource utilization by leveraging data stored in different systems.
    • Facilitates collaboration between the project management and the application development team by bringing together waterfall and agile methodologies.
    • Enables uniting people in the most efficient way by allowing them to use the tools and processes they are familiar with.

TFS integration with Project Server enhances the application lifecycle management by helping business users access the needed information at the right time to make the best decisions.

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TFS Integration with SharePoint

October 28th, 2010
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TFS integration with SharePoint Products provides administrators, team leads, and developers with powerful administrative tools. TFS integration with SharePoint includes the option to create a Web site (a Team Project Portal) for each team project. Teams can use this portal to share process guidance, project documents, templates, and reports.

To understand TFS integration with SharePoint you must first determine what kind of deployment you have. TFS integration with SharePoint Products generally falls into two categories:

    1. Team Foundation Server and SharePoint Products are deployed in environments that share similar requirements. Permissions can be granted between the two programs securely with few or no restrictions. In this case, TFS integration with SharePoint is simpler.

    2. Team Foundation Server and SharePoint Products are deployed in environments that have different operational requirements, and permissions that can be granted between the two programs have significant restrictions. If your deployment is in this category, TFS integration with SharePoint requires more configurations. It is a good idea to postpone creating any team project collections until you have configured TFS integration with SharePoint Products.

If you plan TFS integration with SharePoint Server (MOSS) and not sure of the SharePoint configurations needed, you can use Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 MOSS Configuration Tool. The tool configures the existing installation of SharePoint Server for use with TFS. The configuration tool uses default values to configure the features.

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