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Imaginet Resources Corp. has been working with Telerik to help them optimize their Application Lifecycle Management processes.  As part of this, we have built some tools to address some specific pain points they were experiencing.  Well, Telerik has decided to make these tools available to all.

Check out the Telerik TFS Work Item Manager and Project Dashboard.

It contains a very rich UI based on the Telerik RadControls for WPF that makes it very easy to manage work items.  It supports Enhanced Work Item Queries, Search, Iteration Scheduling and has productivity features like ‘Create workitem from Clipboard’ that lets you quickly create a new work item that contains the contents from the clipboard (very helpful when creating bugs with screenshots).

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It has a Task Board view that works with any process template.

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And my favorite feature is the Project Dashboard which gives visibility into what is really happening on your projects.  Did you ever want to know what people are working on right now?  Or how about what % completion you have on your iteration backlog?  By Person?  How about seeing both Code Churn and Code Coverage displayed?  Isn’t it strange how code churn was high but coverage didn’t change?  Maybe we should look into that.

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Head over to the Telerik site and check it out!  If you have any feedback, just drop me a comment or send me an email!  I’d love to hear what you think.

Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 3:41 AM | Back to top


Comments on this post: Telerik Work Item Manager is LIVE (and Free)

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How configurable is it? I tried it out today and we have 4 or 5 different WI types but there is only three colors displayed in the TaskBoard (in the legend). Is there a way to change this?

Is source available?

What about changing widgets in the DashBoard and where they are placed on the screen? Can we add our own. Is there an API?
Left by Robert Kozak on Sep 10, 2009 11:32 AM

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Also the Last to Break the Build seems to be based on the person that started the build on not the person that last checked in code. Our QA does builds but they dont really break it. The Dev that last checked in typically is the one that should be featured.
Left by Robert Kozak on Sep 10, 2009 11:46 AM

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Robert,
Thanks for the feedback. Let me answer some of your questions:
1. TaskBoard: You can select as many WIT as you like. The legend will keep adding colours. Use Dashboard Configuration ribbon item to select your work item types (and query if you wish).
2. Source: No, sorry, source is not being made available.
3. There is no API for adding your own widgets. You can change the layout if you like by editing the XML config files in ProgramFiles\Telerik\Work Item Manager\Layouts
BUILD BREAKER: The Last to Break the Build is making an assumption of Continuous Integration builds. You are correct that this doesn't work for your scenario. I'll add this to the backlog to make this configurable.


I hope that you find value in the tools. Keep the feedback coming.
Left by Aaron on Sep 13, 2009 12:41 PM

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