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  1. Work Item Type Definition: <REQUIRED> should work for System.AreaPath field

    As a work item customizer, I want to be able to easily define the Area and/or Iteration path fields as a REQUIRED field (which is not possible today with TFS 2010 easily).

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      under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Introduce "Is empty" operator in TFS WIQL for rich text fields

      It is currently not possible to search for rich text fields that are empty. You have to specify a value that the field must either contain or not contain. This value cannot be left blank, so searching for work items where not text has been entered is not possible.

      In addition to the "Contains" and "Does not contain" operators "Is empty" and "Is not empty" operators would be very useful.

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        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Introduce an editor for the TFS Board

        - add option to configure columns (workitem states)
        - add option to configure colo(u)rs per work item type
        - allow to control what workitems should appear on a board (even if not linked to a user story/pbi)
        - allow setting of WIP limits per work item s

        88 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Export to Excel from Team Web Access for TFS 2012

          Bring back functionality to allow a user to export to excel / open a query in Excel from TFS 2012

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            6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Enable multiple work item fields mapped to the IterationPath

            We have multiple fields related to the iteration of the bug. The first is the iteration the bug was discovered in, the second is the target fix iteration, and the last is the actual fix iteration. We would like to be able to have each of these three pull from the Iterations list in work items. While we can make the first and last regular text fields, this may result in typos and thus degrade search. It also requires users to know the iterations available.

            See http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/tfsworkitemtracking/thread/28edbc9d-21f1-47b2-9679-81f0d2ffbc29/#8848107b-b9b1-418e-81db-1e4ccbdf832f for a discussion on this topic.

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              1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Display sum of story points in a sprint - agile template

              When planning sprints it would be very nice to see a total of the story points that have been added. The only way to do this right now is open a query in Excel and sum the column. Not very handy when planning a sprint using the web client.

              83 votes
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              • Allow to set source control status icons for folders in Solution Explorer

                At the moment source control plugins (e.g. AnkhSVN, VisualHG etc.) have no way to set custom source control status glyph on folders in Solution explorer which makes it very difficult to locate folders that contain changed files.

                VS call to IVsSccManager2.GetSccGlyph() only lists files and not folders therefore making it impossible for source control plugins to provide custom glyphs for folders.

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                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make Reporting in TFS Fast and Fluid

                  Make Reporting in TFS Fast and Fluid

                  Using Analysis Services and Reporting Services may have seemed like a good idea back in 2003 when you first started designing TFS 2005, however in 2012 these technologies are archaic and difficult to use.

                  Throw out SSRS and SSAS, heck in TFS 2012 in the new Web Access the team already created a new reporting system for burndowns and for the kanban reports.

                  Now for TFS 2015 it's time to make reporting EASY for non developers, EASY for managers, and fast and fluid for general end users to design and change.

                  Look at…

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                    2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • A TFS Web Dashboard for large flat screens in team rooms

                      It’s getting more and more popular for developer teams to have a large flat screen in their team room to monitor the current development state.
                      I suggest that the TFS web interface provides support for this usecase.

                      This support should include following aspects:
                      - Most of the web-site area should be used for the dashboard
                      (e.g. a new tab next to HOME, WORK, BUILD, or a specific URL)
                      - The area should be based on a simple grid which can be used to position several “live tiles” on it.
                      (similar to the queries which are displayed on the Home page…

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                        5 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Hide Area and Iteration Names users don't have permission to view

                        In TFS 2010 we can set permissions on areas and iterations to limit access to work items and queries. However, all TFS users can still see the names of all area and iteration nodes regardless of permissions. There should be permissions that limit the visiblity of area and iteration node names.

                        Scenario: We use a single team project for development of multiple products for multiple different customers. We configure areas and iterations for each different customer/product and set permissions on those nodes to limit access. Some customers and products are highly confidential and the associated area and iteration names should…

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                          3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add support for TFS 2008 and 2010 in VS 2013 RTM

                          Support was dropped for TFS 2008 and 2010 in the Visual Studio 2013 RC. This is not acceptable. TFS 2010 is only 3 years old, and many of my clients are still using it. TFS 2008 still has some clients using it, and it becomes difficult to introduce 2013 projects into these systems.

                          TFS 2008/10 worked in the Beta Version, why would you pull this at the last second prior to release?

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                          • Make Workitem templates first class citizens

                            It should allow creating workitems based on templates (which have pre-filled data). Creating hierarchy of workitems based on template(s). e.g. creating a template for Product Backlog item such that it would include the standard tasks (Sprint Backlog Tasks), Acceptance Tests in them (like Code Review, Writing Test Cases, etc). Organizing those tempales in folders. Some of this exists already, but the main missing piece is that you would have linked templates that would also be applied.

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                            • Visual Studio Tools for Git Extension (Microsoft Git Provider) integration with Source Control Explorer window

                              The major feature that is still missing from the Microsoft Git Provider is to integrate it with the Source Control Explorer window to provide a full featured Git repository UI that will rival third party tools in it's feature set.

                              A great example of the ideal functionality is the Git Extensions main user interface. It allows changing repositories and branches, stashing changes, committing code and push/pull operations. It also provides a great visual diagram showing the commit history for the selected repository and where each branch (local and origin) is in relation to the head. It also allows you to…

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                              • Make work item columns customizable in check-in dialog

                                When checking-in our policy is that a work item has to be linked. Our work items have a custom field with an ID that differs from the TFS ID. The columns in the check-in dialog are not customizable which makes it very ennoying to find the correct work item.

                                72 votes
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                                • Shelveset search improvement

                                  Currently you can only search Shelvesets by username which is very restrictive for the following reasons:
                                  1. Search by shelveset name. You have to add a shelveset name so why can't you ssearch by one? We use shelvesets for reviewing purposes and being able to search by name would be invaluable.
                                  2. With the current search (ie by user name ) if you enter an incorrect name you get a TF14045 error. Enabling wildcard searches for this and potentially for point 1 above if implemented would be useful. Currently In a multi domained work environment we have users who have…

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                                    under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • filter product backlog on columns

                                    It would be nice if the product backlog could be filtered. Just like filtering in excel or the (asp .net) gridview of DevExpress.com.
                                    https://www.devexpress.com/Products/NET/Controls/ASP/Grid/

                                    Now you have one large list with backlog items. If you could filter a particular column, then you could get instant overviews and you don't have to make a query.

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                                      3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Automatic State Transition based on linked Work Item State

                                      One of the things which I feel has value in the process templates forTFS 2011 is the state changing based on the linked child items. Like how the hours aggregate up from the linked child work items to the parent item, if there is a way to get the parent work item state to transition based on the linked child item state it would be good. An example of this is when a child item state is set to "In Progress" if the parent work item is then set to "In Progess" automatically.

                                      Automatic State Transition based on linked Work…

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                                      • Allow GIT CI Builds to monitor changes only in a specific subdirectory of a Repo

                                        With TFSVC you could pick which source control folders in your tfs repository that you wanted to monitor in the source control mappings tab. Only when changes to those folders were made would the related CI builds kick off.

                                        Now with the new GIT support added in TFS 2013 - you can do GIT CI builds - but the CI build gets kicked off when ANYTHING on the repo or the tracked branches, changes!

                                        For a repository containing multiple solutions and projects, this is a show-stopper for us migrating our codebase to TFS' GIT. Why would you expect Project A…

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                                        • Make it easier to find related work items for pending changes

                                          Please make it easier to find related work items from the new pending changes view. I would like to see a search box instead of a text box to enter a difficult to remember unique ID. If I absolutely must drag & drop work items to this canvas, then I would like an easier way to open up a work item query without having to navigate away from the pending changes view. I'm surprised this wasn't addressed in the Beta as I can't imagine anyone actually who has used this preferring it to the old way of associating work items…

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