Process Templates for Non-Development Projects?

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  • Hello,

    I'm a consultant for a government agency. The IT dept is around 30 people, and the skill level is a bit low. Projects were managed using Excel (and there were not very good in that!)

    I decided to introduce TFS 2012 to track projects and help improve Agile practices.

    The problem is: some of the IT dept in government is not about Software development! Procurement projects, for example, is common.. 

    I've 2 options:

    a: Introduce MS Project Server as well.. Pros: The right tool to be used for all projects.. Cons: Too big for our small team, and it yet another tool to be introduced and taught for the team! 

    b: Use TFS as a project management tool: I might need to do some customisation and create my own process template that list projects and tasks.. and provide nice reports.. Pros: One software fits all (add to that: help desk in TFS), easier to maintain (one server for all projects needs), easier to teach one system rather than two.. Cons: customisation is time consuming..! 

    So: Any suggestions? and I you came across any process templates for generic IT project management, please share :)


    • Changed type walrashoud Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:30 PM
    Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:18 AM

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  • Hi Walrashoud, 

    Thanks for your post.

    I’m not familiar with MS Project Server, but if you occurred any issue when using TFS 2012 Server, you can post it here, our members and I will try our best to help you.

    And I think we should change this post type to Discussion. Can I help you to change it?

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    Thursday, March 21, 2013 6:22 AM
  • Hi John,

    Thanks.. Sure changing this to discussion is great :)

    I haven't installed MS Project yet, and I don't have experience in it to be honest.. So, introducing two new systems (TFS & MS Project) to our small team could be very hard.. 

    That's why I'm trying to find a process template to be used in TFS, to handle non-development projects (such as procurement for new servers or machines), and help desk (for technical support such as email/login/connections issues etc)

    I've found some articles mentioning such templates.. However, I couldn't find any downloadable templates..

    Your ideas are greatly appreciated..


    Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:28 PM
  • You may want to keep licensing in mind as well.

    I'm not a licensing expert on Project/Project Server, but I do work with TFS licensing frequently...

    • In TFS 2012, anyone without a license can create new work items. They cannot edit their work items or see anyone else's work items. They can also view reports hosted in SQL Reporting Services and SharePoint.
    • Users with a TFS CAL can create/edit work items (as security permissions allow).
    • Only users with MSDN Premium, Visual Studio Premium/Ultimate, or Test Professional licenses can utilize Feedback Management and Product Backlog screens in TFS Web Access.

    Jeff Fattic

    Friday, April 05, 2013 5:16 PM
  • Are "non-development" projects really that different from development projects? You have other kinds of deliverables, but I don't see why the ordinary Agile template wouldn't work.

    I use TFS2010 with MSF for Agile Software Development 5.0 to plan and track an internal process improvement initiative. It is related to software development, and it will also produce a small amount of software (custom-built utilities), but for most parts it's not really a software development project.

    Marcus Björklund

    Friday, April 05, 2013 7:36 PM