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Professional Team Foundation Server 2013 by Grant Holliday, Martin Woodward, Ed Blankenship, Damian Brady, Steven St. Jean

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Chapter 12Introducing Work Item Tracking

What's in this chapter?

  • Getting to know the additions and enhancements to project management capabilities in Team Foundation Server 2013
  • Understanding work items and process templates
  • Managing and querying work items

In Part II, you learned about the support that Team Foundation Server 2013 has for source control. In Part III, you will learn about how Team Foundation Server 2013 helps with project management.

Project management can involve many aspects of developing software, such as tracking remaining work and open bugs, determining how much work you can commit to with your available resources, and even helping to enforce a standard process of interaction between your team members. You will see that Team Foundation Server 2013 provides capabilities to help you achieve all of these things and more.

In this chapter, you will start by learning about the enhancements to project management available in this release. This chapter also provides an overview of work item tracking, including some ways to manage and query work items from Visual Studio, Excel, Project, and other clients. You will also learn about the importance of process templates, including an overview of the process templates provided by Microsoft for use with Team Foundation Server 2013.

Subsequent chapters in Part III of this book will also familiarize you with process template customization (Chapter 13), describe the use of the new Agile Planning tools (Chapter 14), provide ...

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