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Track work using Visual Studio Online or Team Foundation Server

With Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) your teams have the tools to plan projects, track progress, and collaborate effectively. To get started, get familiar with adding work items. You can define the features or user stories that you want to deliver by creating your backlog.

If you need to create a team project, then start here. If it’s your first time connecting to TFS, go here.

Your backlog provides the list of items you want to deliver. You can assign priorities to these items, or stack rank them on the backlog page in to the order in which they should be worked.

Reorder items in the list to show priority

With the Kanban board you can visualize the progress of your backlog items as they move from new to done.

Use Storyboarding with PowerPoint to develop your ideas and share with stakeholders. Capture actionable feedback on working software by requesting feedback.

Teams stay in communication about the work in progress with their team backlog, individual and team alerts, and team dashboards, and. Also, teams can discuss work in progress, ask questions, and share status with team (chat) rooms

Sprint backlogs and task boards support teams who like to plan and track progress for each sprint.

Sprint backlog with tasks and capacity bars

Effective use of queries and linking work items to manage dependencies and support traceability keep teams informed about their and other team’s status.

With queries, you can you review, triage, or update your work.

Open shared query, e.g., Active Bugs

Also, you can quickly author status and trend charts from queries.

A view of 4 charts for a flat-list query

And, teams can create dashboards from these charts. Charts, dashboards, and reports for Visual Studio ALM provide views into build and code quality, and tracking bugs, test, and project progress.

You can structure teams and organize work to gain the best of both worlds: team autonomy and organizational alignment. Teams can manage their work independently of one another.

Enterprise-level organizations can manage a portfolio of backlogs and gain insight into each team’s progress as well as the progress of all programs.

Each team has its own view of the work

Additionally, team projects can be structured to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs to support the Scaled Agile Framework.

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