Workbooks

The Agile and CMMI process templates provide two workbooks each. Workbooks correspond to an Excel worksheet connected to a shared query.

You can open the workbook from the Documents page in Team Explorer.

Requirements

  • Your team project must be provisioned with SharePoint Products and the project portal enabled. For more information, see Configure or redirect process guidance.

  • To open a workbook in Office Excel, 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 a shared query, you must be assigned or belong to a group that has been assigned Read permissions for the shared query folder for the team project. To modify a query, you must be assigned or belong to a group that has been assigned Contribute or Full Control permissions for the shared query. See Set permissions on queries.

  • To create or modify work items, you must be a member of the Contributors group or your View work items in this node and Edit work items in this node permissions must be set to Allow. See Add users to team projects.

NoteNote

When you open the workbook, choose Edit Workbook next to Server Workbook so that you can modify the workbook. If the workbook is not available to you, open the Triage shared query by using Team Explorer or Microsoft Excel.

Bugs listed in the Triage (Agile) workbook

You can use the Triage workbook to review and update the priority and status of bugs. Triage is the process that a team uses to review newly reported or reopened bugs, assign a priority and iteration to them, and assign a team member to fix them. Triage is typically driven by the product owner or the scrum master, with input from the team.

For Agile team projects, the Triage worksheet references the Triage shared query, which is configured to find all active bugs for the team project.

Example triage workbook

For CMMI team projects, the Triage worksheet references the Untriaged Work Items shared query, which is configured to find all requirements, change requests, tasks, bugs, and issues whose Triage field is not set to Triaged for the team project.

Issues workbook

You can use the Issues workbook to review and rank problems that might block team progress. The Issues worksheet references the Issues shared query, which is configured to find all issues that are defined for the team project.

Example of Issues Workbook