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My work team is trying to get our minds around Visual Studio Team Systems and we really want to see how it works with our implementation of Scrum.  We have seen various add-ins which enable VSTS to do Agile/Scrum, but I am curious if anyone else has experience with VSTS and Scrum.

  • Which implementation did you decide on? And why?
  • How do you configure your Projects?
  • Did you have to change your Scrum process?
  • Are you able to easily generate User Stories, Taskboards, Burn Down Charts, etc.?
  • Do you think VSTS makes it easier to track Scrum artifacts, or would a bunch of index cards on the wall work just as well?

Any thoughts you wish to share would be greatly appreciated.  Contact me through this site if you would rather respond more privately.

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2008 1:32 PM .Methodology.Agile | Back to top

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We started integrating the Cochango 2.1 Version of Scrum into TFS 2008. There are lots of bumps to get over. I think the most complicated part is the configuration of SQL, TFS and Reporting Services. I spend over a week trying to figure out the details. I hope this will pay back in the future.
Why 2.1? Because it is the latest release and we did not want to go with a beta.
Why Cochango? Looked to us to be the best Scrum implementation in TFS.
Also I feel there support forums are okay to get answers to questions.
So far: Painful but looks worth it.

Left by Tom Fischer on Sep 15, 2008 4:03 PM

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We have been leaning toward the Cochango product and I like the new Taskboard they have released. I have heard various tales about getting the TFS / SQL set-up correct and your comments further my desire to do this part correctly. Thanks for the feedback, Tom.
Left by NEParis on Sep 15, 2008 9:34 PM

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A great tool for Agile Project Management with TFS is Urban Turtle. The task board and planning board are realy cool !

Left by Urban Turtle on Nov 02, 2009 7:40 PM

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Thanks, I will check this out.
Left by NEParis on Nov 03, 2009 5:54 AM

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