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  1. Allow TFS task board to show Tasks without parent

    Currently the TFS task board only shows me Tasks (Bugs, Issues or whatever I configure), that have a parent User Story.

    In out workflow Bugs and Issues don't need a parent User Story, but they won't show up in the task board if they haven't.

    I would like to have an option, that the task board shows me all work items in the current iteration, even if they don't have a parent User Story.

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      2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Team Foundation Server command line should have an option to specify a proxy server.

      The Team Foundation Server comand line is very powerful and we use it for lots of back end build server functionality. Currently we are required to install and run the GUI client on these machines to initialize the registry and provide our proxy setting.
      We can specify all other connection information for tf.exe (and associated commands) please allow us to specify the proxy server for command lines as well so we can easily override the registry setting when needed and don't need to execute the GUI.

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        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make Maven available in the Cloud Build Services

        I suggest, Maven should be available in the Cloud Build Services. On TFS this is easily achieved by copying the "apache-maven" folder to the "BuildExtensions" folder of MSBuild. In that way, Team Foundation Services can support Java builds in the best manner.

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          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add Story Point burndown to dashboard and reports

          Add a burn down for User Story's with Story Points to:
          - Project Dashboard
          - Reports (Project Management similar to Burndown and Burn Rate)

          We use Story Points on User Stories and Hours on Tasks. This means we have:
          - A project burndown based on story points
          - An iteration burndown based on hours

          In Iteration 0, we take a first pass to create all known User Story's assign each Story Points. This allows a project burn down based on Story Points. This feature is missing in TFS 2012.

          At the start of each iteration (1 and onward), we create…

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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Easily find changesets or labels of an item

            Sometimes i need to see label or changesets of an item.
            But there is no easy way to do this. Everytime i have to use Get Specific Version to list labels or changesets.

            I think if there is a screen to search and list changesets and labels will be very good.

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              1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Background search for TFS changes

              SourceGear Vault's client app has the ability to background search for changes. This is very useful because at any time I can take a quick peek and see what changes my team members have checked in and that I need to get latest on. This is also helpful for previewing any merges that might be necessary. And on a day to day basis, it helps me get a sense of what parts of the codebase are seeing the most churn. I know there is a Compare feature, but it takes way too long to be useful.

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                2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow cross-project work item management and reporting

                Say my company has three teams: Client, Server, and Web. I would like to provide each team with its own TFS Team Project due to the segregation of permissions, source code, build definitions, etc. I would also like to be able to manage the work that must be done across teams for upper level reporting. For example, say we have a work project Project1 (as opposed to TFS Team Projects). Project1 requires a cross-functional team composed of all three teams. Each indidvidual team wants to manage its own work but those who manage all three teams want to be able…

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                  2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add uptime and support to Visual Studio Online

                  I haven't found an appropriate place to ask for this so I'm putting it here. I guess you could argue that these are product features.

                  First of all I don't even see a category here in the drop down for Visual Studio Online. Since it is a product and is transitioning to a paid model it would be nice if you would actually start acknowledging that it exists.

                  The actual features I'm looking for are: uptime and support.

                  By uptime, I mean 99.999%. In my last working week it has been more like 70%.
                  By support I mean more than…

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                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make It Easier to Replicate A Set of Build Definitions For A Different Branch

                    We cannot replicate a build definition's structure without having to copy/edit/replace sometimes lots of text, especially in: Workspace, template path, build process parameters, including "solution or project files to build:". Perhaps allow macros in build definitions for things like branch - provide the value automatically if feasible. Also allow us to include such text from an "include" file located whereever we specify in Source Control.

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                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add ability to obtain Code Coverage from Java Builds

                      Java Build Integration is very good in TFS. The ability to execute Maven/Ant and obtain testing results from JUnit is great. It would be really great if you could add the ability to obtain Code Coverage metrics from JUnit/Maven/Ant, using an existing Java code coverage tool (i.e. Emma, or something else).

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                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add support for TFS Service Git Version control to continuous deploy to Azure hosted services.

                        Right now you can setup continuous deploy for a Team Project to a hosted service if the Version Control is "Team Foundation Version Control" but If the project is using Git, then you cannot set it up. The reason we want this is because we would like to have all are Team Projects in one type of version control, but we are having hard time getting are developers to be able to work work with TFS on Mac's (git tf works fine, but getting tf to work on mac's is more work then it is worth, having to down grade…

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                          2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow custom controls to be automatically downloaded from the TFS Server

                          Custom controls were a good idea that was not fully implemented. Because the control has to find its way to the user via a separate route, most people don't want to use them. (It is not worth the risk that a user will not have the control.)

                          Provide a robust way that custom controls can be registered with the TFS Server and automatically downloaded to clients who need them.

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                            1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Git branches TFS work items

                            Allow git users to associate commits and branches with Team foundation service work items. Right now there is no way to do this.

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                              1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • On long work item titles which overflow on board show a visual marker

                              If there is a long title of a work item which does not fit on a stickie on the board it will not show a visual marker like "..." as a reminder there is more text in the title than is showed.

                              On several other places in TFS this behaviour does seem to be in place. But still not on the work item titles on the board.

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                              • Support TFS a LOT better. Organize the files better so it is clear what must be checked in!

                                Support TFS a LOT better. Organize the files better so it is clear what must be checked in to source control, and what can be ignored. It is some help to add !_Pvt_Extensions\;!GeneratedArtifacts\ to the compare filter but there are also several folders under client and server that are left empty and also ModelManifest.xml files under client and server, that are not needed in source control, causing compare noise. It would be nice if the LS project did not create so many scattered files and would be nice if clean would clean out the **** not needed so one knew…

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                                • Save and continue with a new work item of the same kind button

                                  When I'm producing lots of work items at the same moment my UI dialog process is to open a new work item, fill in the fields, and save and close. And this in a repeating fashion. It would be very nice to have a "Save and give me a new work item immediately" button next to the "Save" and "Save and close" button.

                                  This saves a lot of time! Off course this could be sprinkled throughout TFS and MTM.

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                                  • Allow storing of a name-value pair in TFS drop-down lists

                                    Currently to have a drop-down list of display-friendly names for things like Release Milestones, TFS requires you to store strings and setup allowed values. In this case, when a particular Release Milestone has its name changed (which is a business requirement for us), every work item with the old name must be updated. This destroys historical reporting capability, because now the old name has to be remembered and a report run against the old name and another report run against the new name to have a full historical report. Multiple renames later, users can no longer effectively perform historical queries…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow forecasting when filtering by tag

                                      Currently we use tags to help us prioritise our releases within the backlog.

                                      When filtering down to that specific tag, we are unable to use forecasting to estimate our sprints and are having to manually move each item (approx 150 items currently in this specific tag) to the top of the backlog in order to use the forecasting feature. As you can imagine, it is very time consuming!

                                      Please allow forecasting to be used in the backlog while filtering by tag.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow visibility of Test Plan results summary from the Test page in TFS

                                        Test Manager has a nice results report showing a top level view of a test plan. When accessing test results in TFS, only the status of each test suite is available.
                                        An overall report is available from the portal site but its not that easy to use - and non technical members of the team just want to easily see the overall picture. Ideally it would be great to have the report available on the project overview page in TFS.

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                                        • Add config transformations to app.config for Unit Test projects

                                          In a continuous integration scenario you will have a Team Build set up to execute on check-in. This will kickoff a deploy to a continuous integration server and will execute unit tests against the deploy. This works fine for just running unit tests. However if you want to leverage the Unit Test framework to do some integration testing you'll run into problems with configuration for connectionstrings and webservice uri's. You'll need the ability to change the app.config for unit test depending on the environment it is testing against. Best way to do this seems to be by using the same…

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