Create a new project
Creating a project is one of the first steps that needs to be performed before you can start using TeamPulse and the Create New Project startup interview will guide you through the process. Creating a project involves the following steps:
- Choosing a project name and describing the project goals
- Selecting a project template
- Setting up the schedule and iterations
- Choosing the project members
The Create New Project startup interview process can be initiated in several ways:
- From the Application Menu
- From the Quick Access Toolbar
- From the project list screen
Step #1: Template
The first step in the Create New Project process is to choose a project template.
Before deciding on a project template, it's important to know if the TeamPulse project will be synchronized with a TFS project immediately, at some point in the future, or never. If the project will be synced with TFS, the project template you choose is very important because in order for synchronization to be successful many of the settings in the TeamPulse project need to match the settings in the TFS project. For more information, see the section entitled Configuring Synchronization.
If you have an existing TFS project that you plan on synchronizing with, it is highly recommended that you choose option #2 "Yes, I have an existing TFS project that I want to import". Choosing this option will exit the Create New Project process and begin the Import TFS Project process. For more information, see the section entitled Import a project from TFS.
If you have chosen not to import an existing TFS project, the next step will be to choose a project template to use. Use the on-screen options, on-screen help, or this blog post to help decide on the appropriate template. For more information about project templates in TeamPulse, see the section entitled Editing TeamPulse Project Settings.
Step #2: Project
Once a project template has been selected, navigation can proceed to the next step of the process, which is to name and describe the project. The name is only used to differentiate this project from the other projects on the TeamPulse server.
Step #3: When
Using this step you can choose the start and end date of the project and optionally create some iterations to help get you started more quickly. After the project is created, the iteration schedule can be edited from the View Schedule screen. For more information, see the section entitled Schedule Management.
Step #4: With
This step is used to select the people who you will be working with on this project. The team member list is populated with all the licensed TeamPulse users. Any user selected on this step will become a member of the project and be added to the Team Member permission group for the project. After the project is created, project members and permissions can be customized using the Project Members and Permission Groups screens respectively.
Step #5: Summary & Finish
The last step of the startup interview allows you to review your selections before the project is actually created. From the summary step, click the Finish/Next button to complete the process and create your project.