TFS Reviews

TFS is the #2 ranked solution of our top Test Management Tools tools. It's rated 4.0 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Microsoft Azure DevOps - TFS vs Microsoft Azure DevOps

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Real User
Asst. Vice president, Applications Architecture at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 13 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature from my point of view is project management, which includes user stories as well as task management. I would say that these features are critical.

How has it helped my organization?

This product brings a lot of discipline and consistency in the way that our developers use their tools.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better integration between TFS and third-party tools such as Jira. For example, integration with SharePoint is not very straightforward and we need to do a lot of manual work. The… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I wouldn't say that this tool is cheap or expensive but in the middle. TFS is definitely not as expensive as some other tools like Rational Team Concert. Basically, I would say that it is affordable… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to using TFS, we used CVS as our code repository solution. All of our requirements and bug tracking were done using manual effort. We were using Word documents and things like that. However, all… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is considering TFS is that the suitability depends on what technology you are trying to use. For example, if you're using Microsoft technology then it is better to use TFS. If… more »
JAVAD SALJOOGHI
Real User
Business Analyst, Data Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 21 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the dashboard and task-selection capability. The option to save favorites is helpful for managing pages.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see TFS integrated with a project management solution, such as Microsoft EPM. Right now, it is isolated from EPM but if we could somehow connect it, then that would help a lot. As it is now, the results are not easy to report to project managers, which makes it difficult to estimate… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use a similar solution prior to implementing TFS. However, we did use Microsoft Project for scheduling. It was not specifically for the purpose of software development, but we used it for putting together the steps of a project. For example, first, the UI would be developed, and then the… more »

What other advice do I have?

There is a gap between project management, agile methodology, and TFS resource management. If they can fill this gap then it would be a great improvement for us and many other companies. My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to keep in mind that using the tool, alone, will not… more »
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Consultant
Test Lead at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 27 2020

What is most valuable?

What I like is the backlog management, as it is very easy to track at the feature level and move onto the big level. It offers proper traceability for this and the features. As far as queries are concerned, creating, grading, or customizing the queries as a primary requirement is very easy to do… more »

What needs improvement?

TFS has to be more user-friendly. We could have some friendly dashboards, which I feel is missing here, where I can easily plug in the dashboard and use it. Part of the test case upload is there, but it's an addon that is not being used at this time. Creating dashboards is complicated. The dashboard… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, I was working with Jira and QC. The change to TFS was because our client moved onto to TFS. TFS is more stable and more scalable. We handling multiple projects using TFS. Usability is good and it's very easy for me to have traceability with a view on everything.

What other advice do I have?

In my opinion, I would say that TFS is more supportive of a large enterprise. There is a lot of information available online. The suitability of TFS depends on the requirements of the customer. If it is for Test Management, I would say that TFS is a product that they should consider if it's a large… more »
Real User
Agile Coach / IT Agile Lead at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 06 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the backlog. The reporting has improved over time, with the addition of Power BI reports.

What needs improvement?

There are a lot of places that Microsoft can improve this product, as well as their support. The program and portfolio planning facility can be improved. As it is now, you can't do portfolio program planning functionality across multiple… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

TFS is more competitively priced than some other solutions.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I was using TFS at my previous company and my current organization uses JIRA. I would say that TFS is the more scalable of the two. With JIRA, you really need connectors and things like that. You have to have external addons to make it more… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is implementing this solution is to use as much as possible, out of the box. Customizing it is difficult. It may not necessarily fit everything perfectly and it can be tricky to scale, but not impossible. There are… more »
Muhammad Ishfaq
Real User
Application Developer at Saudi Credit Information Co. J.S.C.
Aug 11 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution helps with pretty much all aspects of the development cycle. This includes using it for QA, testing, development, and the release. It's useful for every aspect of the development cycle. The initial setup is fairly easy.

What needs improvement?

The continuous integration and continuous delivery should begin with DSS. It doesn't right now. That needs to be changed. The phased release process could be better. Instead of shelving the call and unshelving the call, it should be done in phases. In an updated version, this should be something… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are still using TFS, however, we're considering switching to Microsoft Azure DevOps.

What other advice do I have?

Overall the solution is good. It's scalable and stable and has been working well for us. Of course, the phased release could be smoother, and it's something they need to improve upon. I'd recommend this solution, even though we do plan to move to Microsoft Azure DevOps. I'd rate the solution eight… more »
Real User
Solution Architect at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 23 2020

What is most valuable?

The features such as branching and labelling are very good because they actually help you create a master branch which is a running branch. You can then have other branches like staging correction. I also like the user interface, it's intuitive and easy to use and, most importantly, you can access it from the browser.

What needs improvement?

When you are trying to connect from Visual Studio code to TFS the integration isn't so easy and I think that could be improved. There's one feature we'd really like to see. If I want to scan through how many files have checked out by name, there are no extensions or plugins available for us to readily get the information from TFS because it's being managed by someone else. As a development… more »

What other advice do I have?

This is a good tool for core depository, but there are a lot of thing in TFS you can do: You can automate the entire update process. You can run your sprint and everything, it's a good option enterprise wise. Nowadays everything has DevOps so it's a good thing to use. I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.
PauloBorges
Real User
Senior IT Professional at Novabase
Oct 10 2019

What is most valuable?

I like the build management features, the integration with Jenkins and many other tools. The team rooms for team collaboration, and issuing the backtracking are very valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

Better team collaboration and Issue tracking.

What needs improvement?

One of the areas that could be improved is to have an effective full life-cycle management. For example, when the developing team has an issue with a bug, they can relate and tag sources and builds to… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

TFS licencing can be confusing, we have to read it well and have a good user management strategy and control.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously we used manily another solution (Serena Dimensions CM). But specially Java developers hated it, so we start to migrate to GIT and Jenkins for them, while .NET developers prefer to use TFS.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated modern versions of Microfocus and SVN, we still have Dimensions CM but will be discontinuing it.
Real User
Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Oct 09 2019

What is most valuable?

I really like the dashboards in this solution. They are good for the team, where you can provide announcements and you can organize it the way you want. I like the Kanban board. It is very useful in terms of seeing who is working on what… more »

What needs improvement?

In the next release, I would like them to include integration for various projects, similar to what JIRA has, and they could create this feature on the dashboard. If they could create a feature to allow us to see the dashboards with all of… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have not used any other solutions previously. This has been the first one with version control.

What other advice do I have?

This solution is simple to learn. It's straightforward and you don't need a lot of time to learn the functionalities. I would recommend this solution. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am currently evaluating JIRA. The management is considering moving everything to JIRA.
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What is TFS?

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) is the collaboration platform at the core of Microsoft's application lifecycle management (ALM) solution. TFS supports agile development practices, multiple IDEs and platforms locally or in the cloud and gives you the tools you need to effectively manage software development projects throughout the IT lifecycle.
Also known as
Team Foundation Server
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