Effort, Schedules, and Target Dates (CMMI)

Visual Studio 2010

By tracking hours, you gain more detailed insight into which Requirements are almost finished and what the team burn rate is. You track estimated work for most work items by using the fields that are grouped under Effort (hours) on the Details tab. For Tasks, you can track estimated, completed, and remaining work and indicate whether the work requires review or testing. Several reports and dashboards provide charts that display the data that these fields contain.

You specify the level of effort for the Tasks that you are assigned. For more information, see Task (CMMI).

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The following table describes the fields that you can use to track hours and requirements for review and testing for work that the team tracks by using the Task work item. This information is tracked only for Task work items in the process template of Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) for CMMI Process Improvement v5.0. For information about data types and default field attributes, see Working with Work Item Fields.

Field name

Description

Reference name

Data type

Default value of the reportable type attribute

Default value of the index attribute

Activity

The type of activity that is required to perform a Task.

Microsoft.VSTS.Common.Activity

String

Dimension

False

Actual Resolve Date

The actual date on which the Issue moved to the Resolved state.

Microsoft.VSTS.Common.ResolvedDate

DateTime

Dimension

False

Completed

The number of hours that the team spent working on a Task.

Microsoft.VSTS.Scheduling.CompletedWork

Double

Measure, Sum

False

Original Estimate

The number of hours that are required to complete the work that the work item represents.

You can use this field to track estimates for Bugs, Change Requests, Issues, Requirements, Risks, and Tasks.

Microsoft.VSTS.Scheduling.OriginalEstimate

Double

Measure, Sum

False

Remaining

The number of hours that remain to finish a Task.

Microsoft.VSTS.Scheduling.RemainingWork

Double

Measure, Sum

False

Requires Review

Indicates whether the work implemented by the task requires a formal review. You can specify Yes or No.

If Yes, a link to the Review work item should be added to the Task.

Microsoft.VSTS.CMMI.RequiresReview

String

None

False

Requires Test

Indicates whether the work implemented by the task requires testing. You can specify Yes or No.

If Yes, a link to the Test Case should be added to the Task.

Microsoft.VSTS.CMMI.RequiresTest

String

None

False

Target Resolve Date

The forecasted date for an Issue to be resolved. This field applies only to Issues.

Microsoft.VSTS.CMMI.TargetResolveDate

DateTime

Dimension

False

The following table lists fields that are calculated if you create a project plan in Office Project and then synchronize that plan with tasks that are stored in Team Foundation Server. All these fields, except for the Due Date, appear on the on the Details tab of the work item form for Tasks. You can view their read-only values on the form, in results from a query, or from Office Excel and Office Project. For more information, see Scheduling Tasks and Assigning Resources Using Microsoft Project.

Field name

Description

Reference name

Data type

Default value of the reportable type attribute

Default value of the index attribute

Due Date

The forecasted due date for a task to be completed.

Microsoft.VSTS.Scheduling.DueDate

DateTime

Dimension

False

Finish Date

The date and time when the schedule indicates that the task will be completed.

Microsoft.VSTS.Scheduling.FinishDate

DateTime

Dimension

False

Start Date

The date and time when the schedule indicates that the task will start.

Microsoft.VSTS.Scheduling.StartDate

DateTime

Dimension

False

Task Hierarchy

The summary task that Office Project records.

Microsoft.VSTS.Scheduling.TaskHierarchy

String

Dimension

False

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