In this TFS Scrum Tutorial I will explain what are areas and iterations and show you how to set them up using web version of TFS.
In Scrum project is split into multiple stages and these are called sprints or iterations. There isn't really much (if any) difference between sprint and iteration. In TFS Iteration is a hierarchy that allows you to structure your releases and sprints.
Area is used to identify area that you want to allocate items. Areas can be certain parts of product (database, UI, Testing) or teams (development team, testing team) or anything else that makes sense to split the project by.
My preference is to set up Iterations using Releases and Sprints. Remember you can have one or many sprints before you decide to release it.
In the example below I will add fourth sprint to release 1.
NOTE: Later on (in separate tutorial) I will show you how to actually "link" sprint item to Sprint from Iterations.
In web version (if you have permissions) for your select TFS Scrum project click settings, select team project and click Iterations.
I have already had release 1 created with 3 springs and I will add fourth one.
I clicked Release 1, clicked Add Child Node, typed node name and clicked ok
and you can see that Sprint 4 has been added
Areas is logical split of the project and in my case I will add four areas ETL, Data Warehouse, Cube and Reporting
First let's access the settings where we can add areas:
Now I will add new area called ETL
I have also added Data Warehouse, Cube and Reporting and below is final result.
When new items are created both iterations and areas can be chosen from drop down boxes.