Microsoft Beta Connects Developers, PMs

Janis Rizzuto

Janis is an award-winning journalist and editor who has covered many industries beyond project management, including health care, financial services, higher education and retail sales.

Microsoft hopes a beta release feature pack that integrates Project Server and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server will bridge project managers, software developers and different methodologies by simplifying data exchange.

To improve communication and collaboration among project managers and software developers, Microsoft introduced in December a beta release feature pack that integrates Project Server and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. The feature pack allows planning and status information to be synchronized between the two systems, according to Christophe Fiessinger, senior technical product manager, Microsoft Project 2010. The final version will ship sometime in the first half 2011, he says.

“The feedback we got from our customers was that the project professional is typically using Microsoft Project and the developer is typically using Visual Studio to develop software applications,” Fiessinger said. “Give us an out-of-the-box solution so each practitioner can use their tool of choice, yet can collaborate and communicate on status and progress on the work they are doing on each side of the fence.”

Available only to Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscribers, the feature pack creates a bridge between the different methodologies used by project managers (waterfall and traditional project management) and the …

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