Set of development tools for small developers to automate some parts of release management. There are a number of tools I am looking to develop to encourage easier management of a release by coupling these tools with TFS and CodePlex. It is also a desire to interface with other build systems such as TFSBuild and CC.NET. The goal is to allow us to manage multiple development branches, provide QA/Sandbox environments for each one of these, involve stake holders (including developers, qa, business analysts, end users, support providers), and contribute to a knowledge base in a unified way to communicate via TFS and/or CodePlex. It is the desire to reach them via a help desk application, an on screen work item editor for QA, a simple admin tool for pushing a build through various stages and notifying users of actions they need to take and accepting responses. Basically, if you are developing software as a lone engineer, this is to help with the part that we do not seem to have a good tool for.
This is very exploratory at this point, but seems worth investigating. I am going to do most of my dogfooding with a DotNetNuke module to assist in the build/QA/release process as well as the application itself.
Nice addition. The CodePlex client by Brad Wilson has some great libraries that will prove very useful when developing this application.