Excel reports

You can use the Microsoft Excel reports to display information from the data warehouse for your team project. This topic describes reports that are provided with the process template for Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) for Agile Software Development.

NoteNote

These reports require your team project portal to be configured with SharePoint Server Enterprise Edition. Also, you can view these reports in your team project's dashboards.

If the project collection where your team project is stored is provisioned with SQL Server Reporting Services, you can use Report Manager to view and filter the same information that the Excel reports provide. See Reports (SQL Server Reporting Services).

Requirements

To access and use the Microsoft Excel reports, the following configurations must be met:

  • To access an Microsoft Excel report, your team project must have been provisioned with a project portal.

    Microsoft Excel reports are stored on the server that hosts SharePoint Products for your team project. If a project portal has not been enabled for your team project, you cannot access the workbook. For more information, see Configure or add a project portal.

  • To open a report in Microsoft Excel that connects to the operational data store for Team Foundation, you must have the Team Foundation Office Integration add-in installed on your client computer. This add-in is installed when you install any product in Visual Studio ALM.

To view or modify an Excel report that is stored under the Documents node for a team project, you must be assigned or belong to a group that has been assigned Read permissions for Team Foundation. You must also have Visitors or Members permissions, respectively, in SharePoint Products for the team project.

In addition, all Microsoft Excel reports that appear in the enterprise dashboards contain data from the Analysis Services cube. You can view enterprise dashboards only if the team project portal is hosted on a server that is running SharePoint Server Enterprise Edition.

To view, refresh, or create an Excel report from an enterprise dashboard, you must configure the SharePoint web application definition to either use Single Sign-On or Windows Authentication. The following restrictions apply based on the authentication service that you configure.

You must configure the SharePoint web application for Single Sign-On if you do not want to add users as members of the TfsWarehouseDataReaders security role in SQL Server Analysis Services. In addition, you must configure the application for Single Sign-on if the team project portal is configured to use NTLM authentication and is not installed on the data-tier server.

  • For Single Sign-On Authentication (Recommended)

    To authenticate viewers of enterprise dashboards by using Single Sign-On, you must perform the following actions:

    • You must configure the SharePoint web application to use Single Sign-on. For more information about how to configure Single Sign-on, see Configure authentication infrastructure in SharePoint 2013.

    • You must add dashboard viewers to a group that is granted access to the Single Sign-on enterprise application definition.

  • For Windows Authentication

    To authenticate viewers of enterprise dashboards by using Windows Authentication, you must perform the following actions:

    • You must either host the team project portal on the data-tier server, or you must configure the SharePoint web application to use Kerberos authentication.

    • You must add users as members of the TfsWarehouseDataReaders security role in SQL Server Analysis Services.

The following table summarizes the required permissions based on activity. For information about how to grant these permissions to team members, see Add users to team projects. For information about permissions that are required to work with Excel reports in general, see Assign permissions to view and manage reports for Visual Studio ALM [redirected].

Activity

Team Foundation Server

Team project portal

SQL Server Analysis Services cube (Tfs_Analysis)

Notes

View or refresh an Excel report that is opened from the Documents node of Team Explorer

Readers

Visitors

TfsWarehouseDataReader role

To access the Documents node for a team project, you must be a member of the Team Foundation Valid Users security group. If the required security permissions are set explicitly, your View project-level information permission on the team project must be set to Allow.

View or refresh an Excel report that appears in an enterprise dashboard

  

Visitors

Requirements depend on the authentication that is configured for the SharePoint web application

In addition to Visitors or Read permissions, you must belong to a group that is granted access to the TfsWarehouseDataReader role or to the Single Sign-on enterprise application definition for the SharePoint web application.

Run a work item query, and use the Create Report in Microsoft Excel feature

Readers

TfsWarehouseDataReader role

In addition to these permissions, you may need permission to open a team query. For more information, see Set permissions on queries.

Also, if you want to save the resulting workbook to the project portal, you belong to the Members group for the portal.

Open a dashboard and use the New Excel Report feature

Visitors

TfsWarehouseDataReader role

The New Excel Report button is available only if reporting is configured for the project collection that hosts the team project.

Create a report from Microsoft Excel that connects directly to the Analysis Services cube

TfsWarehouseDataReader role

If you want to save the resulting workbook to the project portal, you must belong to the Members group for the portal.

Manage Excel reports from the Documents node

Readers

Members

  

To save files under the Documents node, you must be a must belong to the Members group for the team project portal. For more information, see Manage documents and document libraries.

Refresh frequency

All data captured for work items is written to the WIT data store, but only select data is written to the Analysis Services data warehouse. The WIT data store is updated in real-time as team members create and modify work items. Incremental updates are then written to the relational warehouse database every two minutes and the OLAP cube every two hours. To change these settings, see Change a Process Control Setting for the Data Warehouse or Analysis Services Cube.

Project management

Team members can use the reports in the following table to help track the rate of the team's progress toward completing Tasks, implementing User Stories, and meeting their iteration plan.

Data in the report

Report name and related topic

A visual representation of the cumulative count of all hours for all tasks for the past four weeks.

Burndown chart

Burndown Excel Report

A visual representation of the cumulative count of all active and closed tasks for the past four weeks.

Task Progress Excel Report

Task Progress Excel Report

A visual representation of the cumulative count of all user stories, grouped by their state, for the past four weeks.

Example User Stories report

User Story Progress Excel Report (Agile)

Line chart that shows the rolling average of the number of issues that the team has opened and closed for the past four weeks. The rolling average is based on the seven days before the date for which it is calculated.

7-Day Issue Trend Excel Report

Issue Trends Excel Report

Bug backlog management

Team members can use the reports in the following table to help track the bugs that the team finds and the progress that the team makes toward fixing them. These reports appear in the Bugs dashboard. For more information, see Bugs dashboard.

Data in the report

Report name and related topic

A visual representation of the cumulative count of all bugs, grouped by their state for the past four weeks.

Bug Progress Excel Report

Bug Progress Excel Report

Line chart that shows the rolling average of the number of bugs that the team has opened, resolved, and closed for the past four weeks. The rolling average is based on the seven days before the date for which it is calculated.

Bug Trends report

Bug Trends Excel Report

A visual representation of the cumulative count of all bugs, grouped by their priority for the past four weeks.

Bugs by priority chart

Bugs by Priority Excel Report

A horizontal bar chart with the total count of Bugs that each team member has currently assigned to them in the active state, grouped by priority.

Bugs by Assignment chart

Bugs by Assignment Excel Report

A stacked area graph of the number of bugs that have been reactivated from the resolved or closed state within the past four weeks.

Bug Reactivations Excel Report
NoteNote

The Bug Reactivations report appears on the Quality dashboard. For more information, see Quality dashboard (Agile).

Bug Reactivations Excel Report

Build management

Team members can use the reports in the following table to help track how source files are changing over time and how well the source code is being tested over time. These reports appear in the Build dashboard. For more information, see Build dashboard (Agile).

Data in the report

Report name and related topic

Line chart that depicts the percentage of code that was tested under Build Verification Test over the last four weeks.

Code Coverage Report

Code Coverage Excel Report

Stacked area chart that depicts the number of lines of code that the team added, removed, and changed in the checkins before the build within the last four weeks.

Code Churn Report

Code Churn Excel Report

Stacked column that shows the count of builds that Failed or Succeeded within the last four weeks.

Build Status report
NoteNote

The Builds Status report appears on the Quality dashboard. For more information, see Quality dashboard (Agile).

Build Status Excel Report

Test management

Team members can use the reports in the following table to help monitor test activities, report on progress, find gaps in test coverage, and identify test areas that may require further investigation. These reports appear in the Test dashboard. For more information, see Test dashboard (Agile).

Data in the report

Report name and related topic

Stacked area graph of the test results grouped into their last recorded outcome - Never Run, Blocked, Failed, or Passed - within the past four weeks.

Test Plan Progress Excel Report

Test Plan Progress Report

Stacked area graph that shows how many test cases are in the Design or Ready state for the past four weeks.

Test Case Readiness Excel Report

Test Case Readiness Report

Horizontal bar chart that shows the count of test results for each test case and test configuration combination that is defined for each user story. The chart groups the test results according to their most recent test run, where the options are Passed (green), Failed (red), Blocked (purple), or Not Run (gray).

User Story Test Status Excel Report

User Story Test Status Excel Report (Agile)

Line chart that shows the cumulative count of all results run for manual tests during the past four weeks.

Test Activity Excel Report

Test Activity Excel Report

Stacked area graph that shows the cumulative count of all failed outcome results for tests, according to their failure type of Regression, New Issue, or Known Issue, during the past four weeks.

Failure Analysis Excel Report

Failure Analysis Excel Report

Software quality and release management

Team members can use the reports in the following table to obtain an overview of progress occurring in the test, development, and build areas. These reports appear in the Quality dashboard. For more information, see Quality dashboard (Agile).

Data in the report

Report name and related topic

Stacked area graph of the test results grouped into their last recorded outcome - Never Run, Blocked, Failed, or Passed - within the past four weeks.

Test Plan Progress Excel Report

Test Plan Progress Report

Stacked column that shows the count of builds that Failed or Succeeded within the last four weeks.

Build Status report

Build Status Excel Report

A stacked area graph of the cumulative count of all Bugs, grouped by their state for the past four weeks.

Bug Progress Excel Report

Bug Progress Excel Report

A stacked area graph of the number of bugs that have been reactivated from the resolved or closed state within the past four weeks.

Bug Reactivations Excel Report

Bug Reactivations Excel Report

Line chart that depicts the percentage of code that was tested under Build Verification Test over the last four weeks.

Code Coverage Report

Code Coverage Excel Report

Stacked area chart that depicts the number of lines of code that the team added, removed, and changed in the checkins before the build within the last four weeks.

Code Churn Report

Code Churn Excel Report