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Requirements Excel Report (CMMI)

You can use the Requirements Excel report to track the rate at which the team is implementing requirements. This report shows the distribution of active, resolved, and closed requirements over time. For information about how to access this report, see Excel Reports (CMMI).


You can view the Requirements report from the Burndown dashboard. You can access this dashboard only if your team project portal has been enabled and is provisioned to use Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. For more information, see Access a Team Project Portal and Process Guidance.

In this topic

  • Data in the Report

  • Interpreting the Report

  • Updating and Customizing the Report

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Required Permissions

To view the report, you must be assigned or belong to a group that has been assigned the Read permissions in SharePoint Products for the team project.

To modify or customize the report, you must be a member of the TfsWarehouseDataReaders security role in SQL Server Analysis Services. You must also be assigned or belong to a group that has been assigned the Members permissions in SharePoint Products for the team project. For more information, see Grant Access to the Databases of the Data Warehouse for Visual Studio ALM and Managing Permissions.

Data in the Report

You can use the Requirements report to understand how well the team is completing the requirements that it defined for an iteration or release. This report is based on a PivotChart report that shows the last four weeks of data that was captured for requirements and that is stored in the data warehouse.

Requirements Progress report

Required Activities for Tracking Requirements

For the Requirements report to be useful and accurate, the team must perform the following activities:

  • define requirements.

  • Update the State of each requirement as it transitions from Active to Resolved to Closed.

  • (optional) Specify the Iteration path, Area path, or both of each requirement if you want to filter by those fields.

Interpreting the Report

You should expect the Requirements report to vary based on where you are in your product development cycle. Early iterations should show a gradual increase in the number of active requirements. Iterations that are near the end of a product cycle should show a wide band of resolved and closed Requirements.

You can review the chart to determine the team's progress over time or during an iteration. Specifically, you can determine how much progress the team is making toward resolving and closing user stories.

Updating and Customizing the Report

You can update the Requirements report by opening the report in Office Excel and changing the filter options for the PivotTable report. You can customize this report to support other views as the following table describes.



Burndown of requirements for an iteration

Change the filter for Iteration (default=All)

Burndown of requirements for a product area

Change the filter for Area (default=All)

Burndown of requirements for the last six, eight, or more weeks

In the Columns PivotTable Field List, replace @@Last 4 weeks@@ with a different Set

For more information about how to work with and customize PivotTable and PivotChart reports, see the following pages on the Microsoft Web site:

See Also


Progress Dashboard (CMMI)

Requirement (CMMI)

Create and Modify Areas and Iterations

Other Resources

Excel Reports (CMMI)