If you're not following me on Twitter, and you're not following the Telerik.com Blogs, and you've otherwise missed the news on the echochamber we call the Internet, Telerik made another big announcement this week:
- Work Item Manager - The WIM (as it's known) simplifies the process of working with TFS work items, eliminating the often "clunky" workflow that exists by default. With a single program, you can now easily create work items, query work items, easily sort/filter/analyze items, work with tasks on an innovative "task board" (similar to Scrum Dashboard, but for the desktop), and better visualize all TFS work item data. The tool is designed to be flexible and work with any TFS process template.
- Project Dashboard - This tool is all about visualizing TFS data. In fact, it's best used by having some dedicated monitor or TV screen in your development area that just runs the Dashboard where everyone can see it (it can auto disable screen savers and monitor power save settings). It displays things like latest TFS project activity, current iteration progress, project veolicity, and (my personal favorite) who broke the last build (with mug shot)! This is a great tool for managers, too, to easily keep tabs on TFS project status and health.