Review team activities to support useful reports

By adding a report server to your TFS (on-premises) deployment, you can access a wealth of data about your team's projects, such as build quality, bug trends, burndown, and test progress. SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports provide insight to help teams manage work and improve processes.

Now that you've uploaded reports, how do you use them to track progress, gain insight, and improve processes?

First, make sure your team is performing the activities that create the data that these reports use. Your team is probably performing most of these activities already.

Here's a summary of the reports that TFS provides and the team activities that are associated with them. Over time, you can use these reports to see trends and identify which practices and processes require more attention to deliver desired results.

Build reports track the quality of software under development. By defining tests to run automatically as part of each build definition and instrumenting tests to gather code coverage data, you can gain insight about the quality of the builds, tests, and code.

Build and test activities

  1. Configure a build system.

  2. Define your build process.

  3. Run tests in your build process.

  4. Rate completed builds to populate the Build Quality dimension.

Build reports

For a free downloadable guide to testing and monitoring builds, see Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012.

Sample build success over time report

Sample build summary report

Project management reports provide insight into how much work the team is tackling within a sprint or release, and the rate of their progress. By linking work items and updating specific fields as work is performed, you can track the progress of individual stories and be able to more accurately estimate future activities.

Work item tracking activities

  1. Create the backlog.

    • Create product backlog items and specify the Effort (Scrum).

    • Create user stories and specify the Story Points (Agile).

    • Create requirements and specify the Size (CMMI).

  2. Work in sprints. Assign backlog items to sprints, create tasks and link them to parent backlog items, and assign to a team member.

  3. Update Remaining Work for tasks. For Agile and CMMI team projects, update Completed Work as well.

    Tip Tip

    The only report that references Original Estimate is Status of All Iterations.

  4. Create test cases and bugs, link them to their parent backlog item, and update their State.

  5. (Optional) Assign work items to areas to filter reports.

Project management (Scrum) reports

Project management (Agile and CMMI) reports

Sample stories overview report

Sample stories overview report

Test planning reports support monitoring the test progress and coverage of backlog items or user stories. Bug tracking reports illustrate the team's capacity to find and resolve bugs.

Test planning and bug tracking activities

  1. Define test plans and test cases, and update their State as work progresses.

  2. Mark the results of each validation step in manual tests as either passed or failed.

  3. Create bugs, specify the Priority and Severity, assign to a team member, and update the State.

  4. (Optional) Assign test cases and bugs to areas and iterations to filter reports.

Test and bug reports

Sample test plan progress report

Sample test plan progress report

A: Yes, you can subdivide stories or backlog items as well as tasks, creating a nested hierarchy of both backlog items and tasks. You can nest items several levels deep. If you subdivide a task into subtasks, specify hours only for the subtasks. These hours are rolled up as summary values for the parent task and their parent backlog item. To correct reports you believe are in error, see Address inaccuracies published for summary values.

A: The overview and progress reports depend on linking tasks, test cases, and bugs to backlog items. You must link these items using the parent-child link for tasks and bugs and the Tested By link for test cases.

A: Test Case Readiness and Test Plan Progress reports are designed to work with Test Manager. Also, the test points and test progress in project management overview reports depend on linking test cases to backlog items.

A: While some reports do display similar information, such as sprint burndown and velocity or status on all iterations, these reports are formatted differently and support additional filters. Other reports, such as the build and test planning reports, are not available through TWA at this time.

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