August 14, 2012, 10:19 AM — Microsoft is sprucing up its application lifecycle management server products, adding a kanban board to the Team Foundation Service cloud platform and Git repository capabilities to the TFS (Team Foundation Server) behind-the-firewall product.
The kanban board will let teams visualize the flow of backlog items in development using Scrum or kanban agile methods. Team Foundation Server, meanwhile, is getting command-line tools, called Git-tf, to make it easier to use a local Git repository with TFS. The tools allow users to clone sources from TFS, fetch updates, and update TFS with changes committed locally in Git. Microsoft also launched a Git-tf open source project on its Codeplex project site, enabling community participation in enhancing Git-tf.
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Kanban emphasizes just-in-time delivery without overloading software developers, with developers pulling work back from a queue. The process from definition of task to delivery is displayed for participants. Microsoft's kanban accommodations recognize growing interest in this methodology, Brian Harry, Microsoft technical fellow for TFS, said in a blog post on Monday. "Now you can manage your project with Scrum, with kanban, or you can combine them to get the best of both by using kanban [to] visualize the flow of your Scrum backlog items," Harry said. "Scrum and kanban are both work management strategies that involve breaking down a problem and then visually transitioning work through a series of states."