Team Foundation Power Tools 2012

Microsoft released a TFS 2012 version of Team Foundation Power Tools.

What’s new?

  • Storyboard Shapes Power Tool:  a command line tool for creating dynamically sizeable storyboard shapes.
  • Team Members: the Team Member s tab is the biggest change in the Power Toll, its better integrated with TFS’s groups and identities and much better looking.

What’s missing?

  • Work Item Alerts:  now included in Team Web Access
  • Checking Comment Policy: now included in VS 2012
  • Rollback: now included in VS 2012
  • Work Item Search: now included in Team Explorer 2012

The old tools, the Best Practices Analyzer, the Process template manager, Team Foundation backups and so on still exist and are of course modified for TFS 2012.

Download it here:


Some features of Team Web Access are not visible to you

The first time you log in to TFS Web Access after installing TFS 2012 you might get the message “Some features of Team Web Access are not visible to you”. If you click show details you will see “In order to use all the features of Team Web Access, you must have the correct license and configuration. For more information”

To add users to the correct group first click “Administer Server”

Then click “Control Panel”, “Web Access” and “Limited”, “Full” or “Standard” depending on the group you want to add your users/AD-groups to.

  • Limited:
    • This level of access restricts the user so that they can only view work items that they create in Team Web Access (also known as Work Item Only View). No other features, such as team pages, are available to users in this group. For more information, see Manage Work Items in Work Item Only View (Team Web Access).
    • No client access license (CAL) is required for this level of Team Web Access.
  • Standard:
    • This is the default level of access in Team Web Access for your users. Members of this group can view all Team Web Access features except for:
      • sprint planning and backlog views
      • any of the features for requesting feedback from users and managing that feedback
    • A Team Foundation Server (TFS) CAL is required for all users with this level.
  • Full:
    • This level is reserved for users who are licensed to use all features available in Team Web Access, including the sprint planning and backlog management tools and the Request and Manage Feedback tools.
    • To use these features, your user must be licensed for one of the following MSDN subscriptions: Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN, Visual Studio Premium with MSDN, or Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN. These MSDN subscriptions each include a TFS CAL for the subscriber.

Read More in MSDN  


Kanban support in Team Foundation Service

In the latest service update of Microsoft online version of Team Foundation Server called Team Foundation Service Microsoft have added a Kanban board.

To go to the Kanban board select Work from the Team Foundation Service web.

Select board next to backlog items

Here we our PBIs order by priority and four lanes based on the state model of the PBI (NEW, APPROVED, COMMITED and DONE).

We can of course use drag-and-drop to move our PBIs between the lanes

You can also change the WIP limit of the lanes.

At the moment you can’t add lanes of your own, hopefully this will be possible Kanban becomes available Team Foundation Server were you can change the process model.

There is also a cumulative flow graph.

A great start Microsoft!

This will probably be included in a later service release of Team Foundation Server 2012.


Dev Days, Visual Studio 2012 in Sweden

Are you interested in what’s new in Visual Studio and TFS 2012? We (Transcendent Group) and Microsoft are together hosting three launch events in Sweden.

  • Stockholm, 25:th September
  • Göteborg, 26:th September
  • Malmö, 27:th September

Agenda: Transforming Ideas into Reality
This seminar is aimed at new and experienced Visual Studio users. We will show and explain the new capabilities in Visual Studio 2012 using lots of demos. The value of Visual Studio 2012 can only be shown properly when we tell the whole story – starting with new features for the individual developer and then moving on to team development and Application Lifecycle Management innovations. In this Roadshow, every session builds on top of the previous to present a complete and coherent storyline that shows off the new Visual Studio features to best effect.

· Keynote: Transforming Ideas into Reality with Visual Studio 2012 (60”)
Topics: The Business Value of Software Development/Current Trends in Software Development/VS 2012 Themes and Features/Application Lifecycle Management
VS Demos: IDE/WPF and Silverlight/METRO Applications/C++/Web Development/ALM Overview,
Michael Köster, Microsoft, in English

· What’s New in the Visual Studio IDE (45”)
Topics: VS 2012 IDE in depth/Tips and Tricks for Developers/My Work
VS Demos: Simplified UI/Navigating Code/Search & Find/Write Code Faster/Streamlined Environment/Debugging/My Work/Code Reviews
Michael Köster, Microsoft, in English

· Visual Studio ALM Walkthrough (90”)
Topics: ALM features for each ALM stage
VS Demos: Sprint/Backlog Management/Storyboarding/Stakeholder Feedback/Architecture Tools/Team Explorer/Source Control/Intellitrace/Code Analysis
Mathias Olausson, Transcendet Group, in Swedish

· Testing and Quality Enablement with Visual Studio (45“)
Topics: Testing
VS Demos: Unit Tests/Manual Testing/Exploratory Testing/Coded UI/Test Automation/Test Virtualization/Intellitrace in Production
Peter Oreland, Transcendent Group, in Swedish

· No Visual Studio? No Problem! (45“)
Topics: TFS Preview/Team Explorer Everywhere
VS Demos: TFS Preview/Cloud Testing/Cloud Build/Eclipse/TEE
Michael Köster, Microsoft, in English

· Wrap-Up/Resources (15”)
Michael Köster, Microsoft, in English

Read more about it and sign up here:



Anyone still using Visual SourceSafe

When I installed TFS 2012 RC a couple of weeks ago I discovered a new component in the Team Foundation Server Administration Console, a Visual SourceSafe upgrade Wizard! For those of you that are familiar with migrating from SourceSafe to earlier versions of TFS you had to use a command line tool called VssConverter together with an XML file, you also had to have a VSS client installed.

The tool does not work in the RC release but is scheduled to ship with the RTM version. Here is how it works:

1. You select the SourceSafe repository you want to migrate together with the SourceSafe admin password and then select the SourceSafe projects you want to migrate.

2. Select the TFS collection and Team project you want to migrate to.

3. Select if you want to do a Full history or Tip migration and select and SQL server instance for temporary storage for Visual SourceSafe repository upgrade.

4. The SourceSafe code is then migrated to TFS.

I am really looking forward to give this tool a try.

Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012

The ALM Rangers have released another great guide, this time about testing with Continuous Delivery. The guide tells us the story of two companies, Contoso and Fabrikam and their approach to testing and deployment (the old and the new way).

It describes the entire test and deployment process in from A to Z including

  • Unit tests with code coverage and check in policy’s
  • Intellitrace
  • Coded UI tests
  • Builds with Continuous integration
  • Different kinds of alerts
  • Setting up lab environments with SCVMM and Hyper-V
  • Using Microsoft test manager for manual tests with Requirements and Test Cases
  • Automating manual tests
  • Deploying a tests application
  • The new Feedback tool

Read or download it here:

Presentations from TechDays 2012 (SWE)

My presentation from TechDays 2012 is available online. If you missed the conference but would like to watch what we talked about the sessions can be found here:

The presentations are in Swedish.

VS/TFS 2012 RC

TFS 2012 RC is finally here!

Microsoft has released TFS 2012 RC, download it here

Brian Keller also released a new Hyper-V image with VS/TFS 2012 installed and lots of really nice hands-on-labs, download it here


What’s is new in this version? Here are some of my favorites:

Team Web Access

Web The access has a brand new look and is also quick to work with. You can work with your backlog and sprint planning in a much better way than before.



With Storyboarding you can visualize your requirements with PowerPoint and link them to a User Story or PBI in TFS.

Microsoft Feedback Manager

With the Feedback Manager, every team member can provide feedback on an application with video, audio and text. This feedback can then be assessed and placed in the backlog as a User Story or Bug.

Local workspaces and offline support

Workspaces in TFS has previously not been so easy to work with, In TFS 2012 we now have “Local Workspaces” in which files are checked out automatically regardless of which tool you edit with. The Offline support is much better. You can check out, add and delete files when you are offline; TFS handle this when you go online again.


Visual Studio ALM Rangers Dev 11 projects

Microsoft released the Visual Studio 2011 Beta a few weeks ago.

Here are the downloads:

TFS Developer Preview here:

During the last few days the Visual Studio ALM Rangers have released a lot of really nice projects on Codeplex

Shipped projects