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Rally Software Integration with Team Foundation Server (TFS)

Rally Software Integration

The integration of Rally Software with Team Foundation Server (TFS) gives real-time visibility to the product management and development team in each other’s work. With this kind of visibility, the product management and development team can plan the delivery timelines better. The product management team also has visibility into the quality of work being delivered by the development team.

Rally Software TFS Integration Overview

In an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) ecosystem, the choice of systems and the collaboration between the cross-functional teams play a great role. While the choice of systems impacts the productivity of a team, the cross-functional collaboration brings in collective wisdom to take better decisions, faster. Best-of-breed systems such as TFS and Rally Software bring rich functionalities to the ecosystem. By integrating Rally Software with TFS, enterprises can manage their delivery timelines and allocation of resources better. As the product management team has real-time visibility into how the development tasks are progressing, they can gauge the red alerts in advance and take corrective measures. Development team also has clear visibility into tasks and timelines assigned to them.

How Rally Software – TFS integration is beneficial for an enterprise

  • Trace the requirement breakdown completely – access the features, stories, tasks associated with the requirement
  • Developers are always up-to-date on feature requirements and associated updates
  • Get complete context of the business requirement and receive real-time updates when there is a change in the plan
  • Coordinate on the delivery timelines seamlessly with concurrent updates on changes

With Rally Software + TFS integration, enterprises can:

Rally Software TFS Integration

How OpsHub Integration Manager integrates Rally Software and TFS

OpsHub Integration Manager integrates Rally Software and TFS in a bidirectional manner. It ensures that all historical and current data is available to each user, in that user’s preferred system, with full context, in real-time. The ‘User Stories’ from Rally Software automatically synchronize to TFS where they are broken down to ‘tasks’. The completion of the story and the status of test results against it automatically synchronizes to Rally Software.

Popularly synchronized entities

Rally Software TFS Entities Mapping

Use Case: Rally Software integration with TFS

Problem statement: The project management and development teams are using Rally Software as a project management system and TFS as a development system. If these two systems are not synchronized, the Project Manager doesn’t have clear visibility into efforts taken to complete a task, status of a task, and similar details to plan work.

Solution: When Rally Software is integrated with TFS, the Project Manager will have real time visibility into the work of development team, which in turn will improve the overall planning and estimation process.

  1. The Project Manager logs a ‘user story’ in Rally Software.
  2. The ‘user story’ synchronizes to TFS.
  3. The development team breaks the ‘user story’ into ‘tasks’ in TFS and log their effort hours.
  4. When the development team completes all ‘tasks’ and marks the ‘user story’ as ‘complete it in TFS, the status also synchronizes to Rally Software along with all effort details.
  5. This will help the project management team get a clearer view in the productivity of the development work. It will also give them insights into planning similar deliverables better.
Rally Software integration with TFS

Benefits of integration for Rally Software and TFS users

Rally Software users

  • Visibility into full the development plan
  • Visibility into effort estimation and efforts utilized by development team
  • Visibility into quality of work done by development team
  • Seamless coordination on iteration start and end date

TFS users

  • Real-time updates on feature requirements and associated changes/enhancements
  • Clear visibility into quality parameters and test results from TFS itself
  • Seamless coordination on iteration start and end date