This week saw me delivering the VSTS KickStart event in Canberra and then Melbourne. By a stroke of luck, this placed me in Melbourne at the same time as the VSTS User’s Group so I had the chance to not only see Jeff Beehler present a session on “10 things learnt shipping VSTS” but I had the chance to present a session as well.
For my session I decided to present on “Customising the Process Template”. One of the lab exercises I included in the VSTS KickStart event involves quite a few modifications to the default process template. For those of you not familiar with the process template, it forms the basis from which new team projects are created. You can give your team a great head start by making a number of changes to the process template.
In the lab, students create a new process template based on the “MSF for Agile Software Development – v4” template. They make a number of changes including changing the default work items, modifying work item type definitions, changing a number of the project defaults and much more. Feedback from each of the courses has been very positive and most students go away with the intention of getting to work editing their process template. Stay tuned for another blog post soon outlining a few more things concerning editing the process template.
As promised during my presentation, here are links to the resources I mentioned.
- Process Template Editor (VSTS Customization Toolkit workspace)
- VSTS Work Item Type Designer
- Visual Studio Extensibility web site (Download the VS2005 SDK here)