# Tuesday, September 15, 2009
WPF applications are beautiful. Using WPF themes and controls helps to make that possible. So control vendors make apps that show off their controls - it's a smart thing to do. And here's one that you can use every day - that I will be using every day - and it's free. Take a look:

This is a snapshot of the Task Board view for a real project I have underway at the moment. Green are requirements, yellow are tasks, and red are bugs. (Why is Create Project Plan still Active on a project that is well underway? Because it's a living document and I check in changes to it against that work item through the life of the project. We're not talking about a .mpp file here.) The views are wildly customizable, of course, but this is a nice one. There are plenty of others. I especially like the Search box at the top. I think we all have fake queries we use for searching, but this is so much neater.

It's a client application (so's Visual Studio, of course) that runs on your machine and connects to your TFS server. You can add/edit and generally play with work items here (including dragging and dropping them from the Active side of a view to the Resolved one to resolve them) and interact with the repository. It's prettier than Visual Studio, faster than Visual Studio, and probably a whole lot more acceptable to the managers, project managers, and QA reviewing types in your life than Visual Studio. The one I showed it to sure liked it.

Download your copy today!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 3:28:16 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [3]
Saturday, September 19, 2009 3:53:28 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Glad you like it.... any feature requests for the October release?

Joel Semeniuk
Thursday, October 01, 2009 10:34:11 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hi Kate,

Does the TFS Work Item Manager app displayed in this post require the TFS Agile Template to be used or will it work with any TFS project template?

Thanks in advance,
Friday, October 02, 2009 10:04:45 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
For sure it works with any template. I took the screenshot of a CMMI project, actually. I'm using it on a mix-and-match of templates including our own custom ones without any issues at all.

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