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Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio® 2010 by Martin Woodward, Ajoy Krishnamoorthy, Brian Keller, Mickey Gousset

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Chapter 26. Process Template Customizations

WHAT'S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • Learning about customizing process templates

  • Understanding the tools available for customization

  • Learning how to use Process Template Editor

  • Understanding how to use Process Template Manager

In Chapter 23, you learned about the Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) for Agile Software Development process template and MSF for Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Process Improvement process template. These two templates are available out-of-the box, along with many third-party and community templates. The process template that you choose sets the basic rules of the game for your team project.

As discussed in Chapter 23, process templates (or components of them) show up in many forms throughout the team project, including the following:

  • Work items (many different types) and work item tracking to define and track the work

  • Definitions of areas and iterations

  • Workflow with work item states

  • Portal to gather information about the project

  • Reports to drill down into process status

As you can see, templates are a key piece to your team project. So, it is critical that you choose the template and customize it to the state that fits your team environment. It is recommended that you use (and very likely that you will) an existing template as is or as a base for your process template.

This chapter examines the details of the process template components and the customization tools available to modify the template.

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