A Scrum comparison of the MSF/Agile and Visual Studio Scrum templates

While it’s possible for a Scrum team to use the MSF for Agile Software Development v5.0 process template to implement Scrum, it makes more sense to use the Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 process template, as it was created specifically for teams using Scrum. That said, I wanted to share with you an objective side-by-side comparison of the two templates:

Comparison

MSF/Agile 5.0
VS Scrum 1.0
Effective version
3.0
1.0
Can implement Scrum?
Yes
Yes
Uses Scrum terminology?
No
Yes
Number of work item types
6
7
Leverages work item hierarchies?
Yes
Yes
Track Sprint dates, goal, and retrospective notes?
No
Yes
Has Excel planning workbooks?
Yes
No
Has Excel reports?
Yes
No
Has sample/template documents?
Yes
No
Number of .RDL reports
16
7
Project portal dashboard(s)
Task Burndown, Burn Rate
Release Burndown
Has process guidance?
Yes
Yes
Available “out of the box”?
Yes
No
Supported by Microsoft?
Yes
Yes