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  1. In Team Foundation Service, allow projects to be "public", like GitHub

    I really like Team Foundation Service, but I keep find I get drawn back to GitHub for Open Source projects.

    I realise CodePlex already exists, but they don't have the full TFS facilities (Build etc).

    I would like to see the ability to have public projects for our Open Source work.

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    • "Not In" operator for Work Item Queries

      Nearly all WIQL operators can be negated, except for the "In" operator. IMHO there's a need for a "Not In" operator, the negated version of the "In" operator, returning true if a field value is not in the specified list of values.

      121 votes
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      • add ability to create branches from a folder that contains other branches

        Currently, if you have branched two branches into the same directory, and then you want to branch the parent directory, you need to change the two branches back to a folder (remove visualiation) and then you can proceed.

        117 votes
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        • 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…

          116 votes
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          • Kanban board: More customizations and usability features

            Kanban board should provide additional capabilities so that we can effectively move existing "physical" Kanban using team or from competitive products to TFS. Some important customization capabilities:
            Which field to display on the card
            Ability to choose number of card width for a specific state/column
            Ability to have horizontal swimlane with different states (for different class of services for example)
            Ability to access the PBI related tasks as a sub-board

            And also usability features:
            - functionalities for large display for team board: auto refresh, auto scroll, etc.
            - change the priority/positionning of the card directly on the board
            - Ability…

            115 votes
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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…

              107 votes
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              • 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…

                101 votes
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                • Drag and drop reordering for multiple consecutive items in the product backlog

                  In hosted TFS 2012 preview it is possible to reorder the product backlog by dragging and dropping, for one item at a time.

                  When your product backlog is large and you have several consecutive items to move this can be quite time-consuming and fiddly to achieve. It would be great to be able to select multiple items and drag them all together to a new position.

                  100 votes
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                  • Cross Project user dashboard feature for TFS 2012

                    I love the Team project dashboard in 2012, but I still need a view thats purely user focused as well. I should have my own dashboard where i can see all of my active backlogs, task, bugs, etc at a glance. I understand that i can build a my own query that will list this, however that query is still stored in whatever team project i created it in. We need some global functionality that supersedes the team project container.

                    97 votes
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                    • 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).

                      95 votes
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                      • 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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                        • 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…

                          93 votes
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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…

                            92 votes
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                            • 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…

                              91 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.

                                89 votes
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                                • 86 votes
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                                  • 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…

                                    86 votes
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                                    • Code review the changes for a task

                                      We follow agile and we check in frequently. We create tasks that spans from a day to 3 days. Once the task is completed by the developer it is sent for review. So we have multiple changesets to review. It is very hard to have a good picture of the changes to a file since the changes are across multiple changesets. As of now, we are finding all the files that are affected by that task and go to "view history" of the file and pick the most recent version and the version before the task started to get a…

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                                      • There should be mobile version of web access which let us view/add/delete/edit product backlog. Especially be able to see the business value

                                        Product backlog is managed mainly by the people who sponser the projects/products. There should be an option to manage the product back from anywhere/anytime. A nice mobile app makes perfect sense. Currently I am using tfspreview. Many times I think an idea while eating lunch or on the road. If there was an option to capture these ideas in my product backlog, it will be awesome.

                                        83 votes
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                                        • Add possibility to track spent time in TFS for MS Scrum template

                                          To use current Scrum template in the real life and real projects, we need to have an additional time tracking system to track spent time of each team member. This is not good for such serious/powerful product as TFS (including TFS online) with integrated work item tracking system, source control system, build services etc. If you want to release a competitive product - you must to think about this feature (even to add one simple column Spent time or to implement something like Log Work feature in Atlassian with GreenHopper).

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