A Scrum comparison of the MSF/Agile and Visual Studio Scrum templates

A Scrum comparison of the MSF/Agile and Visual Studio Scrum templates

Posted by richard | August 3, 2011 | Scrum, TFS

While it’s possible for a Scrum team to use the MSF for Agile Software Development v5.0 process template to implement Scrum, it makes more sense to use the Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 process template, as it was created specifically for teams using Scrum. That said, I wanted to share with you an objective side-by-side comparison of the two templates:


MSF/Agile 5.0 VS Scrum 1.0
Effective version 3.0 1.0
Can implement Scrum? Yes Yes
Uses Scrum terminology? No Yes
Number of work item types 6 7
Leverages work item hierarchies? Yes Yes
Track Sprint dates, goal, and retrospective notes? No Yes
Has Excel planning workbooks? Yes No
Has Excel reports? Yes No
Has sample/template documents? Yes No
Number of .RDL reports 16 7
Project portal dashboard(s) Task Burndown, Burn Rate Release Burndown
Has process guidance? Yes Yes
Available “out of the box”? Yes No
Supported by Microsoft? Yes Yes

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