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Dylan Smith ALM / Architecture / TFS September 2013 Entries
My Love-Hate Relationship with Work Item Tags
In TFS 2012 Update 2 Microsoft introduced the ability to tag Work Items ( I absolutely love the idea of tagging Work Items. Especially because they allow you to add custom metadata without needing to do any WITD customization. As I mentioned in a previous post, this is a great help to enable the Single Team Project approach. However, there are some big problems, that IMO make Work Item Tags almost unusable for any large project. Tags ......

Posted On Monday, September 16, 2013 4:10 AM

MSDN and TFS Licensing Gotchas
As most of you know it’s probably easier to understand Rocket Science than it is Microsoft Licensing. Unfortunately, I’ve had to deal with it enough over my career that I have a pretty good grasp of at least how MSDN, Visual Studio and TFS Licensing works. The best resource for attempting to decipher how it works is the MSDN Licensing White Paper. However, there are several gotchas with the way licensing works. These are things that most people don’t even realize, and they run afoul of the rules ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 10, 2013 4:35 AM

Why You Should use a Single (Giant) TFS Team Project
I seem to be spending a lot of time lately trying to convince clients that a single Team Project for the entire Enterprise is the way to go. To most people this seems counter-intuitive. They tend to create Team Projects for each actual Project and/or Team within their Enterprise. That just makes sense right? Indeed, if you look at most books on TFS they will usually have a section with guidance on Scoping Team Projects that usually recommends approaches that result in many Team Projects. My “go to” ......

Posted On Thursday, September 5, 2013 5:54 AM

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