Preliminary version of the Scrum Solution Starter for Project 2010 is available for download!

We have published preliminary version of the Scrum Solution Starter for Project 2010 on MSDN Code gallery http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/P2010Scrum please participate actively in the Discussion to notify us about any issue you may encounter or post any feedback! This solution starter focuses on the Project 2010 desktop client, and on the individual Scrum team experience. Scrum is an iterative, incremental methodology for project management often seen in agile software development. Although Scrum was intended for management of software development projects, it can be used to run software maintenance teams, or as a general project/program management approach. There are 3 main items in Scrum: Product backlog: A product backlog is dynamic—Items may be deleted or added at any time during the project. It is prioritized—Items with the highest priority are completed first. It is progressively refined—Lower priority items are intentionally course-grained. Sprint backlog: A sprint backlog is a negotiated set of items from the product backlog that a team commits to complete during the time box of a sprint. Items in the sprint backlog are broken into detailed tasks for the team members to complete. The team works collaboratively to complete the items in the sprint backlog, meeting each day (during a daily scrum) to share struggles and progress and update the sprint backlog and burn down chart accordingly. Burn down: The sprint burn down chart is a publicly displayed chart showing remaining work in the sprint backlog. Updated every day, it gives a simple view of the sprint progress. It also provides quick visualizations for reference Supported Scenarios: A Scrum Master wants to use Project for the basics of running a sprint, including: Collecting and tracking status Managing the product backlog Managing the sprint backlog (and initial iteration planning) Viewing a burn down chart Easily exporting Scrum data to email/other apps Enjoy!

Project Server <—> TFS 2010 Integration (beta)

The Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) group has released a beta version of the Feature Pack for integration of TFS 2010 with Project Server. The beta version is a “go live” release. If the user agrees to the pre-release license agreement, the Feature Pack can be installed and will be supported in a production environment. However, it is not the final release, and is still subject to change, so you should first test it in a non-production environment. Note

Announcing Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack Beta #ALM

Very excited to announce this key milestone today on the main Project blog today: Announcing Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack Beta . Following all the interest and excitement heard as recently as last month in Europe at Tech.Ed and at Project Momentum, its great to have bits out that you can now use to test this out. As usual this is journey and expect more announcements on the topic of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Microsoft Project 2010 and Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010, Better Together in the coming months. In the meantime start your download and happy testing!

Announcing Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack Beta

We are excited to announce the release of the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack Beta to Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscribers. Integration between Project Server and Team Foundation Server is a huge leap forward for organizations that want to bridge the gap between the Project Management Office and software development teams using Team Foundation Server. The feature pack further strengthens Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management Solution by enabling these teams to work together more effectively while not getting distracted or overwhelmed by each other’s’ detail. It enables teams to work together more effectively by: Providing executives with insight into portfolio execution, alignment with strategic objectives, and resource utilization of their software development projects by leveraging the quantitative data stored in different systems. Bridging the impedance mismatch between the Project Management Office and Application Development by facilitating better coordination between teams using disparate methodologies , like waterfall and agile, via common information and agreed upon metrics. Enabling development and project management teams to use familiar tools to collaborate and communicate project timeline and progress such as Microsoft Project, Project Server, SharePoint and Visual Studio. Please check out Brian Harry’s post: Portfolio Management: TFS Project Server Integration in Beta for more details on this exciting new solution and try it yourselves ! Key resources Product documentation Recent demo at Tech.Ed Europe last November: Application Lifecycle Management – Microsoft Project 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010, Better Together Ask a question: Team Foundation Server and Project Server Integration Forum Questions and Answers Q. How does this Feature Pack differ from the out-of-the-box Team Foundation Server and Microsoft Project add-in? A. The Microsoft Project add-in allows project managers to use Microsoft Project to connect to Team Foundation Server to collaborate and participate in the planning and execution of software development projects. The Feature Pack enables integration between Team Foundation Server and Project Server and allows planning and status information to be synchronized between the two systems. Q. Are there any prerequisites or dependencies for this Feature Pack? A. Dependencies are: Team Foundation Server 2010 + SP1 beta Visual Studio 2010 + SP1 beta Project Server 2010 or 2007 For a detailed description of dependencies and prerequisites go to MSDN: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=207133 Q. Do customers need to apply this Feature Pack to Team Foundation Server or Project Server? A. The Feature Pack must be applied to Project Server (2010 or 2007). The Team Foundation Server 2010 SP1 beta must be applied to Team Foundation Server 2010. Check out the documentation for more details. Q. What MSDN Subscription level is required to download the beta? A. This Feature Pack will only be available to Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscribers (go to your MSDN download center , you should find the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack as an available download). An organization must own at least one license of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN. With that one license, the software can be downloaded and installed and then all users with access to either the Project Server or the Team Foundation Server products that are integrated can benefit. Q. Can I use this release in production? A. The beta comes with a “go-live” agreement. If the user agrees to the terms in the pre-release license agreement then they are eligible to use the environment in production. As usual we recommend testing out this beta release in a test/staging environment prior to any product rollout. Q. When will the final version be ready? A. Pending your validation, it will ship sometime in the first half of next year (2011). Christophe Fiessinger Senior Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Project http://blogs.msdn.com/chrisfie

WinWire is “All In” with BPOS

Written by: Raj Badarinath Raj Badarinath is the VP Marketing at WinWire Technologies Inc., Gold Certified Managed Partner specializing in collaboration and analytics focused around Microsoft SharePoint technologies with a global delivery model. WinWire was founded in 2007 by ex-Microsoft professionals and has approximately 150 employees who are spread across our corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, CA and two development centers in Bangalore and Hyderabad in India. When we founded WinWire Technologies more than three years ago, keeping operating costs as low as possible was essential to our success. Our communications infrastructure included a diverse range of consumer and business technologies including Google Gmail, Windows Live Messenger, Skype, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Project Server Cache Synchronization

Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 and Microsoft Project Server 2010 internally manage cache synchronization by tracking revisions to major entities such as projects and maintaining records for deletions of those entities. Although the Draft, Published, and Archive databases in Project Server are not documented, and direct access to those databases is not supported, a basic understanding of cache synchronization in Project Server can be useful in determining issues of performance optimization. (This article was written by Patrick Conlan, Microsoft Corporation.) Warning: