Scrum, the most popular Agile Process according to Kenneth S. Rubin’s bestselling book on Amazon ‘Essential Scrum’, helps teams create a more efficient methodology through an iterative and incremental process. A major goal for any business is to not only satisfy the customer, but also keep them happy. By following these simple SCRUM guidelines, a team will always put a functioning, quality product in its customer’s hands after every sprint, therefore keeping them happy.
Team Foundation Server is an Agile tool that can help you organize your daily activities such as tracking big picture items as well as smaller ‘to-do’ tasks. I use TFS to track .NET software development projects, but I decided to try it to plan my daily activities for today’s blog post. Read further to learn how I created a TFS process for everyday use.
In my ever expanding blog series on entry level/power user SharePoint WorkFlows, this blog will address how to automate business processes that are too complex for the OOTB SharePoint Workflows. For this, we will require the help of SharePoint Designer. SharePoint Designer is a tool which helps to make low or minimal code SharePoint customizations without involving IT.
There are some prerequsites in order to make workflows in SharePoint Designer, such as you need Designer rights to a SharePoint site and you need to download the (free!) SharePoint Designer. In this blog, I demonstate a common and practical scenario in the everyday business cycle: creating a workflow to automate the process to requesting time off.
The third post in my ongoing series of “Simple Workflows with SharePoint 2013” will demonstrate the practical implementation of the Three State WorkFlow to automate a routine business process. Before going further, make sure to read my second post as prep for this one. To get started, I will assume that you have set up a Three State WorkFlow and chosen the option to trigger it automatically after creating a new item, event, or task. Now SharePoint will instantly assign it to the specific task or event (as shown in the picture below).
There are many different scenarios in an everyday work environment which can benefit from automated SharePoint WorkFlow. If a repetivite task needs to be completed on a consistent and auditable basis, it’s likely to be a good candidate for a workflow process. Some examples include expense approval, form creation, or time approvals. This blog post will delve into the process of creating a three state workflow to streamline daily tasks. Continue reading “How to Create a Three State WorkFlow in SharePoint”