Microsoft ALM process templates site set up

CodePlex effort intended to boost company's Team Foundation Server product

Microsoft wants developers using the company's Team Foundation Server ALM (application lifecycle management) server to share process templates via a new project on the company's CodePlex site for open-source projects.

In a blog post this week, Microsoft's Brian Harry, who holds the title of Technical Fellow, encouraged developers.

"Ever since we shipped TFS, I have hoped that a community would form for sharing process ideas and for sharing process templates. Creating new process templates can be a significant undertaking," Harry said. "It's way easier if you can start with a process template that's reasonably close to what you want and just tweak it."

Called "Templex -- The TFS Process Template Library," the CodePlex site has been set up for building a library of process templates and sharing them. TFS uses process templates as a way to configure new team projects, the CodePlex project page, accessible here, states.

"It's too early to tell whether or not it will thrive. It will depend on how many people decide to contribute something and how actively it is managed," Harry said.

In addition to holding process templates, the CodePlex project can hold work item type and report definitions.

Process templates include security groups and permissions, an initial set of areas and iterations, work item queries, and project mappings. Version control permissions are featured as well.

The full name of the latest version of TFS is Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server. It serves as an integrated collaboration server for the Visual Studio Team System ALM platform. TFS provides a unified server for portal, version control, working time tracking, build management, process guidance and business intelligence, Microsoft said.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Paul Krill

InfoWorld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?