Managing Projects using Visual Studio 2005 Team System
the software projects is a tedious task. Quite often you can find gaps between
the actual customer requirements and the work that is done by the development
team. Communication between the teams and the collaboration work are very poor
without proper tools for managing them. Any change to the requirement could not
be implemented easily as the team has to know the process related to that particular
project, if they are assigned too many different projects.
If proper tools are not available for getting the metrics of the projects, the project lead will be spending a lot of time getting that information from different tools and creating the report. This is a tedious and this work takes a lot of time spent by the project lead. Hence the project lead is not able to manage the risks of the project.
the project management tools of Visual Studio 2005 Team System the project manager
can easily do the tasks related to the project management. These tools of Visual
Studio 2005 Team System are based on the software that a project manager already
knows, such as Microsoft Project, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Share Point
services. With the integration of the different applications stakeholders can
explore the data available from the dashboard view.
Data can be shared and custom views can be created with the tools available for project management. The views are used to give the relationships between risk assessments and project plans. The relationship of these with the functional specifications is also given with the views. Information is shared among all the views and any change in a view is reflected across all the views of the project. A project lead can create many views that depend on the features, components and scenario of the project. The same data can be captured and organized in many different ways.
the project managers create work item lists in Excel sheet. They query the status
of work items and then populate the excel sheet with it. Now with the project
management tools in place the project manager can pull in the work items from
the work item database and have it displayed in the work sheet. The work item
database contains all the risks, bugs, and tasks in it.
Studio 2005 Team System has an MS Project add-in that can used to connect the
project plans with the data of the project team. A project manager can schedule
a project plan and add that to the work item database from where that data is
shared among the team. The work item queue of the developer is populated with
the work item that is assigned by the project manager.
Portfolio Explorer has excellent project management tools that are used to navigate
to the work items that includes, specifications, project plans and risk assessments.
The main advantage is that these can be accessed using the Visual Studio 2005
Team System environment itself. All the efforts for a project are tracked using
the work item database. The software projects are called portfolio projects in
the Visual Studio 2005 Team System.
Each portfolio project has a work item database associated with it. This enables up to date status of any work item that is assigned to the developer. The project management tools also have a feature that enables the developer to check out a code and work on it and then check in the code after the bug has been fixed. During this process the status can be Active, Pending, Resolved, or Closed. Work items can be created at any time and then assigned to the developer which will be in queue for the developer to take up the task. Any bug that is being worked upon is always related to the work item. Hence there is no need for the developer to update the status.
software process can be managed effectively with the project management tools
available in the Visual Studio 2005 Team System. Since the process is integrated
to the tools the communication is very easy between the members of the team. A
methodology template is associated with each project portfolio. These templates
are based on the Microsoft Solutions Framework.
With so many project management tools and features the Visual Studio 2005 Team System is very useful to manage projects easily.
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