I'm having trouble seeing the benefit of setting the Activity field on Tasks for use in Capacity Planning (I'm using the Scrum Template). In fact, doing so seems to make things more cumbersome.
Why would I want to try to balance out my time between Requirements, Design, Development, etc.? I would think that the actual task to be performed should drive things, not the type of work that it is. All I end up doing is adjusting the Capacity Per Day during my Sprint planning so that nothing sits in the red. Just that alone invalidates the feature, at least in my case.
In all of the Capacity Planning examples I've seen so far, each team member is assigned a single Activity. I can see where Activities can be helpful here, as a means to know when a team member might need assistance from someone who might be a bit ahead of schedule.
For teams, sure. But for a solo developer I can't see it.
Can somebody show me where I might be mistaken in this? What can Activity tracking do for me besides make my life more difficult?
To clarify, I'm speaking of the use of the Activity field in the context of Capacity Planning (CP) only. Setting the Activity field on Tasks for use in later reporting I'm okay with—in fact I'd prefer to. But for CP it's a different story.
For example, consider this plan:
There's just a whole lot of detail in those CPD fields that seems unnecessary. After I select my tasks for the sprint—based on priority and effort—all I end up doing is fudging the numbers until the graphs at the right (appearing underneath in the graphic above) don't show red anymore.
It seems a futile exercise. My argument is that the work to be performed should drive task selection, not the type of work. Especially since by the time I get to this part I've already selected the tasks anyway.
Yes, it's true... a large part of the motivation behind my recent adoption of TFS is wrapped up in my own tendencies to underestimate terribly. In fact one of my customers tells me "Nobody can underestimate you, Jeff."
But in thinking back, my underestimations have been task-based, not type of work-based.
What will I be missing, should I leave the Activity field empty on the CP tab and simply set my individual capacity to the number of hours I expect to work each day?