July 2008 Blog Posts

Work Items versus Outlook Tasks

A few users asked us for the reasons to add support for integration between tasks and work items. We realized that majority of our users use work items and tasks as follows: "My work items are about the job that I need to do on the project level and my Outlook tasks are about what I need to do outside of my project work. Sometimes previously private task needs to be converted or promoted to a project task and for that I need the ability to create work items from tasks. Sometimes I want to organize my work that relates to a work item in one...

Use TeamCompanion to work on multiple projects

There are a few people in the world that have the privilege of working only on one project at a time. The rest of us has to find ways to manage working simultaneously on at least two or more. Luckily, TeamCompanion has the appropriate features to help us out in that respect. Here's a brief overview of the features: a) Project tree makes it easy to navigate from project to project; b) There is one default project but...

Alert subscriptions usage scenarios

Like scheduled work item queries, alert subscription's main goal is to keep project stakeholders informed on project changes. However, alert subscription use emails to accomplish this task. This makes them very useful in a number of scenarios. Here are some of them:   Alert subscriptions support easy subscribing for the whole team. Project Manager can setup alert subscriptions for all team members for a particular project.   You can subscribe to multiple projects within the same dialog. This is not an easy task to do outside of TeamCompanion (and inside the TeamExplorer/Visual Studio)....

Customize emails created from work items

One of the great features of TeamCompanion is to create emails based on existing work items. Here are some tips on how to customize the email body.   If you want to format the predefined html based work item template you can do this by checking 'Use html markup in body' checkbox within the Options->Create Mail dialog. If you want to change the format of the table that appears in the email after you selected several work items, here's the tip: open the ...\Program...

Why using scheduled work item queries?

By scheduling work item queries you can easily track project changes. Just right-click on the chosen query (e.g. My Work Items) and select 'Schedule'.  In the dialog you can select the recurrence pattern (select between minutes, hours and days etc) and the recurrence range (start and end date).  If you additionally drag and drop the scheduled work item query to the Outlook Favorite folders you will get a neat solution to stay up-to-date with any project changes you are interesting in.