In managing projects, I have come to utilize Agile Project
Management methods to effectively manage software projects. When I say manage
software projects, my definition of managing is to lead. No command and control
management style enterprise drone. No, I prefer leading by example, and Agile
is a great fit for that style.
These Agile techniques have increased the productivity and
quality of the groups I have led tremendously. For the agile projects, I have
created the custom reports described in this article and others to help lead the
In a previous article, I described creating these reports in
Crystal Reports. There is an introduction to using Agile in that article. Please
refer to that for more understanding of actual techniques used.
For this article and subsequent articles, we assume the
reports will be used with an XP/Scrum style methodology. For a more detailed
explanation of this, please see this link
to view that for a background. That link goes over the basics of how the agile
process can work. This included some basics of how the agile project might
work. Also, the article went over how to utilize standard Team Foundation
Server process templates with your agile process, to help produce reports to
help manage your projects. That article was utilized TFS 2005, while this
article is based on TFS 2008
In this two part series we will create 3 reports. In this,
the 1st part, we create 2 reports: A "Story Details" report to allow
you to print out your stories to post up in your team room and a "Current Iteration"
report to give a real time status of your current iteration, and a breakdown
report. You can download these reports here.