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  1. TFS Kanban WIP-limits configurable hard limits instead of soft limits

    The kanban functionality in TFS see here (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2012/08/13/introducing-kanban.aspx) mentions that the Work In Progress limits are soft limits. I'd like to see the limit be configurable to either be soft or hard. I prefer hard limits because the tool would be able to be used for enforcing the process and not adding new work.

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      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Kill the UI Experts @ Microsoft that thinking more clicks for the same operation is a good idea. Pending Changes Source Control Window SUCK

      Pretty much every software developer on the planet that uses Visual Studio is use to the pending changes window in VS2010 and now in VS2012 that entire interface has changed, takes more clicks and more mouse moves to do the same thing. I'm a UI Expert. Are we really that bored as humanity that we need to make the same thing more complicated? I thought the entire point of technology was to make our lives easier. Like Windows 8 and the dumbing down of access to information, VS2012 is a perfect example of where UI designers need to do something…

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        1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • When checking in pending changes, don't force SQL Server Data tools windows to be saved before continuing

        When checking in pending changes, don't force SQL Server Data tools windows to be saved before continuing. I'm opening SQL Server Data tools windows in VS 2012, and it is extremely annoying that I can't check in pending changes for my Web/VB.NET/C# projects without saving everything. My trying to check in, a window pops-up asking to save my "query" windows. I click "No", but then it still does not check in my code files (which were previously saved). I have to either save my SQL scripts, or close those windows just so I can continue. It would be best if…

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          1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • provide a save function to commit new value on fly for WIT

          Modifying the WIT, I used a copy function to copy value from the original field to the remaining field and there is no command that I can use to save/commit the new copied value to the database. Thus, the query can't "read" it out in the results. That makes users confused because they can see the value in the work item. All we can do now is triggering a "save" manually (ex: by adding something to the description, then hit save).

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          • Create a guide for moving from subversion to TFS.

            I would appreciate a guide for how to move source control from SVN to Team Foundation Server 2012. How to go from trunk, branches and tags to TFS branching conventions?

            How to handle multiple solutions in the same team project? Today I have several solutions in a SVN repository (corresponding to a product). Every branch has multuple solutions (main product and supporting components).

            How to handle documentation that is not included in the solution but simple versioned by source control? For example, in SVN I have trunk\documentation for documentation and trunk\source for the source code.

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            • Create more display filters for TFS2012 Web Access.

              Users need to be able to view PDF, Docx and VSS file extensions without having to download the file first. This would make the Web Access tool in TFS more popular with none programmers

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              • Full Text support should be available in LocalDB

                Full Text support should be available in LocalDB which is used in elastic TFS build

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                • VS2012 should not become unresponsive when TFS is offline

                  As I write this TFS azure is experiencing issues. I have started VS2012 in offline mode to work around this outage.

                  However, VS2012 remains unresponsive, bringing my entire development effort to a standstill.

                  VS2012 should be able to handle outages much more gracefully than this.

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                    1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Team Foundation Server integration platform for 2013

                    TFS Intergration platform support for migrating 2008 to 2013.

                    I nee a way to transfer source code and workitems from TFS 2008 to TFS 2013.

                    Does the TFS Intergration platform support this? If not, when will it?

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                    • Team Explorer Everywhere: Save Comments for Reuse

                      Almost daily I try to check in some pending changes. I enter a comment, because it is required by our TFS server. I might spend 2 or 3 minutes writing a very detailed comment describing all of the changes and why I am making them. When I press "Check In" I get a dialog stating that there are conflicts. I resolve the conflicts and now what... Nothing. I have to press "check in pending changes" again. My comment is lost. I have to write it over again. Another 3 minutes re-writing the comment and some frustration go by, then I…

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                        1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Ability to Customize WorkItemChangedEvent

                        I would like to have the ability to Customize WorkItemChangedEvent so when WI is changes, the mail notification will include also predefined customized fields in addition to the predefined core fields it currently supports.
                        Today, the following core fields are included in every notification mail: Team Project, Area, Iteration, Assigned To, State, Reason, Changed By and Changed Date.
                        Customize field is included in the mail only when it is changed, this is the default behaiver of the TFS.
                        We would like to have this field in all notification mails, even when not changed.
                        For example, the customized field for the…

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                        • tfspreview: Provide a tutorial how to create a branch (including permissions)

                          I'm new to TFS and tried tfspreview.
                          First impression was good. But when I tried to create a branch I failed.
                          It seems to be a permission issue.
                          A tutorial may help.

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                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Display the workitem id on the cards of the kanban/scrum board

                            To associate a checkin with a workitem we use the id of the workitem. Since this is not visible on the cards on the kanban board (that we use to monitor the current ongoing work) the id:s needs to be looked up by clicking the card or using a workitem report within visual studio.
                            I would be more efficient if I could see the workitem id on cards and backlogs in the board.

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                            • Have unique sounds for different events in team room

                              I'm a fan of the TFS team rooms to keep an eye on what is going on and for communicating with colleagues. However, this is made slightly trickier by the fact that I don't know what each audible 'blip' means when something happens. Is it a chat message? An @mention? Have we kicked off a successful build? Having unique sounds for these kinds of things would be useful.

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                              • Divide write access to different levels like checkin/checkout files, add/delete files,folders.

                                Hi,

                                It would be nice to seperate write access to different levels to
                                - Checkin/Check out of files
                                - Add / Delete Files and Folders.

                                We have some projects where we don't want to give access to add / delete files and folders to developers. Please review it and it to your future releases.

                                Thanks,
                                Ravi Bavanari

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                                • PLEASE allow for easy copy of VSTF work item number within a template!

                                  My area switched to an out-of-box template and one of the "features" is completely missing: ability to copy the work item ID number from the template.

                                  Since my area has switched to this new template, there has been at least a dozen or so occurrences where someone misread of fat-fingered the work item ID number when sending out an email.

                                  An easy solution would be to put the work item ID number within a template field so it can easily be cut/copied/pasted.

                                  See attached file for visual explanation.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make ClickOnce publishing properties overridable for build automation

                                    It seems that the ClickOnce Publish properties are hardwired into the .csproj file (e.g. PublishURL, InstallURL, UpdateEnabled, etc.). This prevents me from simply issuing "msbuild apptopublish.csproj /t:Publish /p:InstallURL=build_test_drop_path" to redirect the InstallURL. Whatever InstallURL value that the developer has set and checks into source control trumps whatever value I place on the command line.

                                    I can, with some extra scripting, rewrite the values in the csproj file but that gets complicated and fussy.

                                    I tried to suggest that Visual Studio, when authoring the .csproj files use conditions on the publishing properties so that if they are already defined by a…

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                                    • Prevent a TFService PBI from being marked as Done unless the child tasks are first marked as Done

                                      Using Team Foundation Service, Scrum 2.0.

                                      A Product Backlog Item (PBI) can be marked as Done, even when the child tasks it is linked to are In Progress.

                                      I understand there could be a discussion around Definition of Done here, but I think it would be a better experience if an error message or warning was shown.

                                      This would be more in line with what happens elsewhere in Team Foundation Service. For example, when a Task is moved from Done to In Progress ... an elegant message appears, a great experience!

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                                      • I would like to open queries in Excel from the TFS Service like I can in the full client

                                        This appears to be a feature that is not in the TFS web service yet.

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                                        • should be able to change the history entry of the build agent.

                                          Currently the build agent writes a message like:
                                          "The Fixed In field was updated as part of associating work items with the build."

                                          You should be able to change that message.

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