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TFS Project, which is the right one?

Postby Kermit on Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:25 pm

Hi,

I have decided to use TFS/Visual Studio 2010 to manage a large project that I am currently working on.

The project is not directly in our hands i.e. it's being delivered on-site buy our suppliers who are doing the development, we are doing all of the project management (from our end).

I want to start using TFS to handle the project in terms of handling tasks, documentation, issues and risks etc and then reporting on these.

There are two options area available:

MSF for Agile Software Development v5.0
MSF for CMMI Process Improvement v5.0

I am going to create a new project with the MSF for CMMI template but I am not sure if that's right for the above.
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Re: TFS Project, which is the right one?

Postby tarwn on Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:39 pm

I think it mainly depends on what their process is and what terminology they are used to using. You may want to touch base with their teams to see what tools they are used to using and what processes they are used to using. Managing with one flavor of processes and implementing with a (potentially philosophically opposite) different flavor of process, then you may end up with more complexity and waste instead of less.

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Re: TFS Project, which is the right one?

Postby AlexCuse on Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:00 am

Before rolling it out, I would set up projects with both and run them side by side for a week or two, noting what you like and dislike. The best thing about team is how it lets you customize the workflow, but if our 2005 to 2008 upgrade at my last job was any indication it gets harder once you have a lot of data (especially in-progress work items and such). If you can get a good idea of what you want up front it should make life easier later on.
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Re: TFS Project, which is the right one?

Postby Kermit on Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:24 am

Thanks guys.

My post had some horrible grammatical errors so ignore those!

What I really want to be able to do is transfer what we record on paper onto a system such as TFS where we can have an overview of the whole project electronically (and do some tracking, analysis etc).

Alex I will do just that, create two different types of projects (well you got 3 now with Scrum..) and see how I get on.

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Re: TFS Project, which is the right one?

Postby Kermit on Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:14 pm

Okay I made some progress here.

Sat down with the .NET Architect (who happens to be a whiz on TFS), went through the features via Visual Studio 2010 and we came to the conclusion the best setup to go for is Agile.

The framework and methodologies are exactly what I need for this project and the requirements are fairly simple (Because we are not dealing with the code) so am going with something like this:

1 x Background Story (Overall Project)
n u User Stories (with possible a user story child)

I am creating three 'Areas' that I will use to group up the stories and better manage the requirements. Under each area I may have several iterations to reflect meetings and peer review processes for parts of the project.

The areas will be split into:

# Preparation
# Project
# Implementation

Preparation is what it says, any work outside of the project (but related) that needs to be done in order for the project plan to be put into action.

Project covers the actual project plan and Implementation covers UAT, delivery and post delivery items (support etc).

I am then adding some content to the stories in the form of Tasks etc which I can then assign to induviduals.

This whole lot can then be progressed and tracked using the Agile Methodology (Iterative Processes, Meetings, sprints etc).

*I should really write this up as a blog on LTD...*
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Re: TFS Project, which is the right one?

Postby shalimar on Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:57 am

im confused about select which is right
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