Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Microsoft Scrum template for TFS

Microsoft has always delivered two process templates with TFS: MSF Agile and MSF for CMMI.  Next to this there have always been a lot of third party process templates available.

With TFS 2010 a new MSF Agile template was released. As this template felt very ‘Scrum-ish’ but wasn’t really Scrum, teams trying to Scrum using the MSF Agile template had a hard time to match the concepts and principles to the template.   For example, it uses different terminology like Iteration rather than Sprint, User Story rather than “Product Backlog item”, etc.

This week Microsoft released a beta version of a TFS process template specifically optimized for Scrum projects – Team Foundation Server Scrum v1.0 Beta

So if you want to do Scrum(or are already doing it) and you are using TFS, certainly check out this template. I didn’t try it myself, that will be something for the upcoming weeks. I’ll post more about it later.

And don’t forget that there is still the excellent Scrum for Team System out there.


Scrum Process said...

Interesting blog. It would be great if you can provide more details about it. Thanks you.

Charles said...

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Anonymous said...

There is a reason it is so emphatically labelled 1.0! It's a terrible and time consuming experience using and installing /integrating this. Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 is difficult to get working with sharepoint and it is not intuitve to install or use. A weak offering overall, this has been a bad experience for me. It is however better than the agile process templaet they haev which is a bunch of excel file, essentially bulking up scrum with documents. VS Scrum 1.0 Process Template is a step in right direction but poor poor poor experience