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Tech Ed and Team Foundation Server

Postby HintonBR » Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:00 pm

I saw a couple of people from the Church at last week's Microsoft Tech Ed Conference and in particular there was one who was in a couple of the presentations done around Microsoft's ALM tool suite Team Foundation Server. That led me to wonder what the Church is using today to manage the software projects (and IT projects in general) as well as if Team Foundation Server was being considered as a potential platform.

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Postby mkmurray » Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:02 pm

I would be just as interested, especially as my company uses Microsoft techonologies a plenty. My particular group has been piloting the use of TFS for over a year now, and the decision to use it company-wide has been made and implemented just recently.

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Postby WelchTC » Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:55 am

We have been playing with TFS internally and are debating if we should widen its use. There has been no decision yet to my knowledge.

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Postby bhofmann-p40 » Wed Jun 13, 2007 11:58 am

Is it an alternative to MS Project or MS Project Server?

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Postby WelchTC » Wed Jun 13, 2007 12:35 pm

bhofmann wrote:Is it an alternative to MS Project or MS Project Server?

I believe that it encompasses a bunch of different technologies that we would use, including bug collaboration, version control, etc. I could be wrong as I'm not that familiar with it. We don't have a wide spread use of MS Project Server (to my knowledge or exposure).

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Postby bhofmann-p40 » Wed Jun 13, 2007 2:21 pm

tomw wrote:I believe that it encompasses a bunch of different technologies that we would use, including bug collaboration, version control, etc. I could be wrong as I'm not that familiar with it. We don't have a wide spread use of MS Project Server (to my knowledge or exposure).

Tom


OK, thanks. I was just curious and can go to Microsoft if I need more information. We just installed MS Project server and aren't too happy with it yet and have different solutions for issue tracking and source control.

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Postby mkmurray » Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:20 pm

bhofmann wrote:OK, thanks. I was just curious and can go to Microsoft if I need more information. We just installed MS Project server and aren't too happy with it yet and have different solutions for issue tracking and source control.

We used to use the bug tracking of TFS (I don't know if it is Project Server under another guise, or what...) but we have decided to switch to using a product called VersionOne for planning and bug tracking.

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Postby brado426 » Wed Jun 13, 2007 7:31 pm

We are currently in the process of implementing Team Foundation Server at my company. So far, it has been a relatively frustrating experience. Customizing the Process Flow Templates is extremely tedious and time-consuming. It takes forever to compile a new template and the tools provided to edit the templates (Infopath and XML editors) are archaic and tedious.

Other than this problem, it seems that TFS will be great for our team once it is configured. I just wish Microsoft would have provided some better tools to help with the initial setup of the system.

Brad O.

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Postby mkmurray » Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:47 am

brado426 wrote:We are currently in the process of implementing Team Foundation Server at my company. So far, it has been a relatively frustrating experience. Customizing the Process Flow Templates is extremely tedious and time-consuming. It takes forever to compile a new template and the tools provided to edit the templates (Infopath and XML editors) are archaic and tedious.

Other than this problem, it seems that TFS will be great for our team once it is configured. I just wish Microsoft would have provided some better tools to help with the initial setup of the system.

Brad O.

I do have to say, though, that TFS is most definitely a much needed replacement for SourceSafe.

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Postby thedqs » Thu Jun 14, 2007 1:43 pm

mkmurray wrote:I do have to say, though, that TFS is most definitely a much needed replacement for SourceSafe.


Ahh sourcesafe, got the job done, just like DOS got the job done for an OS. :D
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