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Tracking What's Important in Team Foundation Server

WHAT'S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • Understanding how project data is stored in Team Foundation Server.
  • Looking at the artifacts that make up a Scrum project.
  • Understanding the key activities of a Scrum project.

In Chapter 2, you read about different approaches to software development and how you can organize your team. This chapter focuses on the specifics of the Scrum framework, including the main activities and artifacts in Scrum. This chapter begins by looking at how your project data is stored in Team Foundation Server (TFS) and how team members can use this data. Then the chapter dives into the Scrum process and examines the key activities and artifacts that a Scrum team uses.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR DATA IN TFS

TFS is a Microsoft product that helps you manage and organize source code, project work items, project artifacts, and builds. This book focuses on project work items and how you enter them into TFS for tracking and reporting purposes. Work items are the main means for storing data in TFS. You can think of a work item as a single row in a database table, where the table name and table columns are defined by the process. A work item can by any type, but most work items fall into the common software project management categories requirements, bugs, tasks, and issues.

Within TFS, the team records its work in a team project. Each team project in TFS is created from a process template. A process template is a set of XML files that ...

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