Connecting to a Team Foundation Server
TeamLook allows the user to associate and connect to multiple Microsoft Team Foundation Servers, each of which can contain multiple Team Projects. By clicking the TeamLook menu on the Microsoft Outlook 2003 Toolbar and selecting the TeamLook Options menu item, a user can connect to a number of Team Foundation Servers. For each server, specific projects can be brought into the TeamLook Projects View by clicking on the Add Projects button.
TeamLook Options Dialog
In addition to bringing Team Foundation Server and contained Team Projects into the TeamLook Projects View, the TeamLook Options Dialog enables the user to specify the following TeamLook Options:
The Default Project setting is used to simplify the Mail to Work Item Type transformation. By specifying the default project in the Teamlook Options Dialog, the process of creating a Work Item from an email is optimized resulting in increased productivity.
The Project tab of the Teamlook Options Dialog provides an interface to specify the mapping between Work Item Type fields, specified by the Process Template used in a Team Project, to Outlook MailItem fields during an email to Work Item transformation.
TeamLook Explorer View
The TeamLook Project View provides a structured and hierarchical view where users can quickly navigate their VSTS projects, enabling them to make quicker decisions. TeamLook brings together communication concepts and team project artifacts, enabling scenarios never before seen. These scenarios not only include viewing and running Team Reports directly inside Outlook but also creating an email while viewing a Team Report that contains the report as a visible attachment. More efficiency creating scenarios are described in more detail below.
Work Item (Mail) Toolbar (Create Work Item)
TeamLook adds the Work Item Toolbar to every email which enables users to easily transform the specific email into a Team Project Work Item. By using TeamLook, users can bring the flexible communications domain into the structured team project domain.
View and Edit Work Item
1. Upon bringing Team Foundation Servers and Team Projects into your TeamLook Project View, specific Work Items can be viewed (in an aggregated list view), opened, modified, and published back to the Team Project.
2. While viewing or updating a Work Item, the TeamLook Work Item Toolbar allows you to create an email from the Work Item, create a meeting invitation from the Work Item, or create a personal task in your Outlook Tasks list.
TeamLook Reports View
Using TeamLook Reports you can stay informed with both detailed and aggregate-oriented project information. Only with TeamLook can you communicate with single-click contextual reports. Emails, meetings, or tasks can be easily created upon spotting trends or ambiguity in a team project with a TeamLook report.
Users can quickly and easily subscribe to projects alerts using the new Alerts Subscriptions dialog through TeamLook. Just by selecting a few drop down boxes alerts can be immediately sent to your email inbox for single, multiple, or all projects on a server.
TeamLook Project Portal
TeamLook brings the VSTS Project Portal directly into context by integrating it into Microsoft Outlook. All users of VSTS will benefit from the simplicity and efficiency afforded by the scenarios enabled through this integration.
TeamLook Auto Meetings
One of the great results of bringing these two worlds (communications and project accountability) together is the context available in each. With TeamLook Auto Meetings, a user can create a meeting invitation with a single click where the attendees can be inferred from the context in the Work Item. In the screenshot, you can see that both Joe and Juan have been interacting with this bug. Their names are automatically added to the attendee list for this newly created meeting about this bug.
The TeamLook Query Manager allows you to customize your Work Item views generated by running Work Item queries. Customizing and adding new queries is easy when using the visual interface provided by the TeamLook Query Manager. Upon modifying the queries in a project, TeamLook updates the folders representing those queries in the TeamLook Explorer.
Dynamic Querying inside Outlook
TeamLook allows users to use the rich dynamic querying capabilities provided by Outlook. By making VSTS Work Items first class citizens inside Microsoft Outlook, dynamic querying makes it very easy to create aggregate views of Work Items or dig into a large set of Work Items.
Customized Outlook Views
TeamLook provides users the ability to customize the columns available for each VSTS Query. Any field available on the TFS server can be selected and displayed or the view can be populated from other existing query views. This allows very specific query views for customized Process Templates.
Bulk State Change
TeamLook enables users to change the state of a number of Work Items through a single click. As shown in the screenshot this is accomplished by group selecting a set of Work Items directly inside Outlook and using the TeamLook Toolbar.
TeamLook enables users to re-assign a number of Work Items through a single click. As shown in the screenshot this is accomplished by group selecting a set of Work Items directly inside Outlook and using the TeamLook Toolbar.
Go To Work Item
With 'Go To Work Item' you can quickly jump to a specific work item without needing a query to return a result. This is available from the TeamLook menu bar.
Email from Group Select
Often when communicating about a situation in a VSTS team project, a single Work Item is not sufficient to provide the appropriate context. Using TeamLook's Email from Group Select feature, a user can efficiently create an email that contains a table view of the selected Work Items. This efficiency is more evidence that TeamLook enables users to make better decisions faster.