TFS 2010 better with SharePoint

Lately I’ve got some questions concerning TFS 2010 with or without SharePoint and this blog post does a fair attempt to answers some of those questions. If you don’t have any hesitations and like to use SharePoint you should read this post to figure out which version of SharePoint you should use.

Background

SharePoint is no longer a required component when you install TFS 2010 and therefore some customers are asking questions about having SharePoint integrated with TFS 2010 or not.

Dashboards

You wouldn’t buy a car without a dashboard or would you?

If we take a look at the Dashboard for the MSF Agile process template you’ll should see something like so:

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Speed

You have detailed information of your projects current speed much like the speedometer in your car like so:

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Work Item overview

You get an overview of the contents of your project like so:

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You could compare this to your gas gauge in your car or any other information gauges that tell you detailed information about the car.

Builds

Visualize the state of your build for all projectmembers and answers questions like why are builds breaking by drilling down to the individual builds directly from SharePoint.

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Checkins

You also get an overview of the latest checkins and you drill into the details directly from SharePoint.

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Work with your Work Items

You can even get down and work with your Work Items directly from SharePoint in various ways:

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Interested in a specific Work Item? Use this shortcut:

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Document Management

You get a state of the art document management system with lots and lots of possibilities and customizations that will make the management of your project documents a joy. Read more about it here.

Search

With SharePoint comes a great search engine that will help you search for information throughout your team portal.

And a whole lot more

Blogs, Wikis, announcements, calendars and a whole lot more goodies are there to make your collaboration experience the best.

Summary

TFS is a great product without your team portal in SharePoint but it’s truly the best collaboration platform for development projects in the world with SharePoint and I highly recommend you installing it when you install TFS 2010.

Have a nice one!

Hugo

2 thoughts on “TFS 2010 better with SharePoint

    1. Hi Adam,
      Thanks for your feedback, the products you mention are all great and I’ve used all of them except for jira. But except for jira (that I haven’t used myself) I fail to see how the other products you mention have all this in one complete package:
      -Source Control

      -Projeckt tracking

      -Test Management

      -Project Management

      -Automated builds

      -Virtual Lab Management

      -Document Management

      -Wikis

      -Blogs

      -Search

      -???

      So if you can’t present an alternative that offers that to a large enterprise customer then you’ll have a hard time convincing me. Maybe I’ll change my opinion after I’ve tried out Jira, who knows. Anyway if you feel that TFS is such a bad product then I suggest you contact Brian Harry at bharry@microsoft.com and give him your feedback directly.
      Cheers,
      Hugo

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