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  1. Too hard to use TFS Team Explorer 2012

    The TFS 2012 Team Explorer is too hard to use. I want the original TFS 2010 Team Explorer experience. The color is bad too.. I can hardly differentiate the title and content in windows.

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      3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve sprint forecast in TFS

      I use the forecast function for TFS at the moment, but I think there's room for improvement. When TFS measures the velocity of my team, and it knows my sprint planning (number of days, number of people, etc.); it should be able to predict the velocity for next sprints itself. And thus there's no real need for the textbox in which you can specify the number yourself.

      I agree that this might not be true in the beginning of your project, but after a while it should work.

      What would also be nice is when TFS tracks the work an…

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        3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        We want to add the following options for forecasting velocity:
        1) Forecast based on a specified value (already implemented)
        2) Forecast based on yesterday’s weather, the last sprint
        3) Forecast based on the average of the last X sprints.
        Would that be enough control?

      • Support adding changesets to an existing review

        You need to be able to add changesets to an existing review.

        Take the following scenario:
        1. Changes are made
        2. Author either checkin the changes or create a shelveset to review (based on their procedures)
        3. Reviewer have comments and the author needs to make changes to code
        4. Our current procedures states that we make the changes and add the changeset to the existing review.
        5. Reviewer looks at the newly modified files and accepts the changes

        In TFS you would have to create a new review based on the new changes.

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          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow connection with GitHub

          The same way you can now connect to team projects in TFS on premise or the new TFS Service, it would be great to have integration with GitHub.

          That is, you could have your VS account linked with your GitHub account, and be able to connect to any repository in it, working with them directly.

          GitHub is the de facto standard for hosting source code for open source projects, so being able to interact with it directly in Visual Studio could inspire more people to create .NET open source projects.

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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Search source code a TFS project collection, such as email address or connection string.

            This ability existed in Visual Source Safe which would allow you to search though any text file under source control for a string.
            This is very useful when you need to update a server name, or email address for all your code bases. (HTML pages, source code, text files etc.)
            Thank you

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              1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Enable Kanban Column field to be used in work item queries

              It is a constant source of frustration for our users that they are unable to use the Kanban Column field in work item queries. This field is recorded in the history of a work item whenever it is moved from one Kanban column to another but this information is not available to be used for reporting purposes. This would allow various additional Kanban metrics to be easily produced.

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                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow people who are not team members to send bugs to Visual Studio Online

                As it is now, only team members have access to submit bugs to Visual Studio Online. This means that you have to use a license to allow your users to send you bugs or feedback.

                TFS has the possibility to create "Work-item only users" who don't need to have a CAL to access the TFS portal.

                You could even be more limiting than the TFS option, allowing people who are not team members to only send bugs or feedbacks and not be able to see them.

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                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Compare a shelvesets between users

                  It would be really nice if we could compare the shelvesets of different users. I suppose Visual Studio is really lagging in that part. In my day to day work, I would like to see the difference between the work I have done on a shelveset and someone else (like comparing changesets), so that I can get a better understanding of the changes that have happened, especially when working across geographies. It would be nice to see the compare context menu right from the Unshelve window, do understand the changes.

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                    3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Ability to filter the Task Board by Area

                    Currently you can filter a task board by user or unassigned. The ability to also and/or in conjuction with filter the Task Board by Area would allow us to look at the areas of an interation without distraction. Currently interations that have many stories and many tasks becomes unusable without an addition filtering by Area.

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                      1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Sum up the work remaining on a PBI from Child PBI's and Tasks

                      It would be nice if there was a service that would roll up the work remaining of all child (and grandchild) PBI's and tasks to the parent PBI. We wrote a custom service to do this but it would be nice if this was included functionality. It helps greatly when ranking the tasks, deciding what to cut from a sprint/project and giving visibility to the true work remaining vs the initial story point estimate.

                      So if a PBI doesn't have any child PBI's or child tasks then it would just use the story point estimate for the work remaining (or…

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                        0 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 →
                          • tf unshelve / The item ... already exists

                            Please add a /force option in the unshelve feature or a simple merge feature.

                            We often have the horrible issue of "The item *** already exists" when unshelving files that already exists. This issue is blocking developers from unshelving simple files.

                            A workaround exists: simply unselect the files that exists but this may be insufficient

                            It's extremely important to support a merge operation on this.

                            http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/tfsversioncontrol/thread/ddaaea22-9713-4e91-858b-dec9c6611b9b

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                              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Display more information about user story on task board

                              At the moment the row titles on the task board only display the title of the relevant work items (user stories, bugs). It would be really helpful if they also displayed the state of the work items and maybe some summary stats about their child tasks (number done, number active...)

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                                1 comment  ·  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 →
                                  • Request a code review for Git

                                    Like in TFS make a review Request out of Visual Studio.

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                                    • Extend timeline tracking of changesets to span multiple changesets / a time range

                                      The timeline view would be a lot more useful when not only one changeset could be viewed, but the merges between the multiple branches could be shown over a longer period of time.

                                      It could be similar to something like the network graph on github https://github.com/blog/39-say-hello-to-the-network-graph-visualizer or the gitk output https://www.google.com/search?q=gitk&tbm=isch

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                                        1 comment  ·  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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