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Task Boards

Scrum uses the sprint cadence as a common cycle to coordinate prioritization of the product backlog and implementation of the iteration backlog. The team manages its capacity by determining how much product backlog to take into the coming sprint, usually based on the story points delivered in prior sprints. This is an effective model for running an empirical process in complex contexts, as defined in Figure 1.3 in Chapter 1.

TFS includes an automated task board that visualizes the sprint backlog, as shown in Figure 2.11. It provides a graphical way to interact with TFS work items and an instant visual indicator of sprint status.

Automated task boards are especially useful for geographically distributed teams and scrums. You can hang large touch screens in meeting areas at multiple sites, and other participants can see the same images on their laptops. Because they all connect to the same TFS database, they are all current and visible. At Microsoft, we use these to coordinate Scrum teams across Redmond, Raleigh, Hyderabad, and many smaller sites.

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