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  1. Allow editing of send to address for email alerts in VSO

    Allow users to specify which emails they want to send the alert to, both for team and individual alerts. Right now changing the individual alert address changes the default mail address for all alerts for that user, and team alerts send to address cannot be edited at all.

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      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Board: Allow PBIs to be placed on the task board like tasks (PBIs without children are not shown)

      Let the team decide if it wants to further decompose a PBI or not. Small PBIs should appear on the task board alongside with regular tasks, that are used to decompose larger PBIs/Bugs.

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        under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Hide team projects in source control if you're not connected to them

        If i wanted to see them i would connect to them.

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          3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Display properties of folders and documents in Team Explorer

          In VS2010, in the Team Explorer view, you could right-click on a folder or document and see the properties of the folder/document, which included the path to the folder/document. This was immensely helpful and needs to be put back in the VS2012 Team Explorer view.

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            1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add voting/stack ranking capabilities for work items

            Users should be able to vote on work items in TFS, or stack rank a set of work items, they are asked to prioritze.

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              7 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Hide iteration work items in web access backlog or modify the query

              When in the backlog view in Team Web Access, it would be helpful to be able to hide work items that have already been assigned to an iteration. I think this could be accomplished by some sort of option or by being able to modify the backlog query

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

                UPDATE: In one of the updates we have made a change which shows any committed item regardless which sprint it is in, based on strong customer feedback. With that update, it is not possible anymore to hide these items on the backlog.


                In the process template we have defined the meta-states. If an item is in the metastate InProgress or Completed they are removed from the backlog when they are assigned to an iteration. It depends on the template you are using.

                Scrum: PBI’s and bugs in an iteration are removed from the backlog when in state Committed or Done.
                Agile: User Stories in an iteration are removed from the backlog when in the state Active, Resolved or Closed
                CMMI: Requirements in an iteration are removed from the backlog when in the state Active, Resolved or Closed

                Ewald Hofman – TFS Product Group

              • Prevent closing work items when child work items are open

                If Team Foundation Server is to follow the rules of ALM, this functionality must be implemented. Work items should not be allowed to close while existing child work items are in states that conflict with their parent. For example, a user story should not be moved to the 'closed' state if a child task is in an 'In Progress' state. Currently, TFS allows this, and does not provide a means to TFS administrators to prevent this behaviour.

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                • Install Storyboarding functionality Team Explorer installer

                  Why is the Storyboarding functionality not installed when you use the Team Explorer installer, like is done with the Excel and Project add-ins? In my opinion this tool should typically be used by program managers, so it is overdone to install a VS Professional or higher.
                  So please, make it available in the Team Explorer installer.

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                    1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Embed images inline in the TFS "Rooms" feature.

                    My team often pastes "reaction gifs" throughout the day in response to various things: encountering bad code, finding a scary bug, etc. It really helps keep the team light and engaged. right now, we can paste the links, but at the other end everyone has to open the link. Embedding the images or animated gifs would be a small but much loved feature among my team.

                    This would also help with things like screenshots when discussing potential new features.

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                      1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow for gitflow branching model

                        We would like to allow for a git flow model. Or a simple branching model with branch permissions such that only team leads are capable of merge (after code review) and developers may only check into their feature/issue branch.

                        http://nvie.com/posts/a-successful-git-branching-model/

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                        • Support <LISTITEM value="[project]\<TheCurrentTeam>" /> in TFS work Item AssignedTo Field Allowed Values

                          It is possible to currently customize work item template so that it filters AssignedTo field list of users to a given team (<LISTITEM value="[project]\Team1" />) or to a security group (<LISTITEM value="[project]\Contributors" />). But when you have multiple teams defined in a team project the only sensible way to filter is using <LISTITEM value="[project]\Contributors" /> because if a "[Project]\Team1" is used, in Team2 it is only possible to assign work items to members of Team1 (and that is not the desired outcome).

                          I believe if there is a way for us to define" [Project]\<TheCurrentTeam>" in LISTITEM of the ALLOWEDVALUES of…

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                          • Add a space for SCRUM 'Definition of Done' on the TFS home page

                            It would be great if on the Team Foundation Service home page it was possible to add my teams 'Defiinition of Done' so it's easily referenced - perhaps from the Team Favorites tiles.

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                              1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make it possible to disable Team Project

                              It is possible to stop a team project collection from the TFS Administration console, however there is no functionality to stop a Team Project.

                              My enterprise follows a code freeze policy, during this time we would like to disable the team project completely, no changes to work items, code base, etc. The work around is changing the user group permissions, but that would mean changing the project meta, while ideally you do not want to do this when you are managing over 200 team projects.

                              Appreciate if there any work around that I might have missed...

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                                3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make Agile SharePoint Dashboards available in SCRUM

                                In TFS 2012 RC the only dashboard available when using SCRUM is the "Release" dashboard that shows a boring, uninteresting chart. Yet if one is using the Agile process template there are several dashboards available (Burndown, Quality, Bugs, etc.) that display several small charts. this is MUCH more useful than a single "Release" dashboard and yet the various dashboards in the Agile template all apply to SCRUM as well. Burndown is a burndown, bugs are bugs, etc.

                                This is driving us nuts when converting teams from the Agile process template to SCRUM. Once they view the associated SharePoint portal they…

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                                • There should be specific subjects and detail explanations in e-mails triggered by alerts

                                  I have created check in alert "ASP.NET MVC Test Poject: A file with a specific file extension is checked in" and after testing, it sends alerts to all team members BUT e-mail does not tells anything.

                                  You can see it in attachment.
                                  There should be customized e-mail messages for different types of alerts, for example: Project Name + Alert

                                  In details at the beginning should be detail explanation why this email message has been happened etc..etc.

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                                    2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Use Desktop Toast Notifications

                                    Use toast notifications to exploit this feature of Windows 8:

                                    Submit desktop notifications such as when:

                                    I was assigned a task or work item.
                                    Amending or updating a task or work item assigned to me.
                                    You have reached the deadline to complete a task
                                    etc ...

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                                    • web access - allow non-licensed users to view all work items and reports

                                      From what I understand, a non-licensed user can only submit work items and view their own work items. I would like non-licensed users (like business users, etc) to be able to view all work items and reports to see status of projects, etc without having to build custom reports just to support them.

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                                        2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Enable custom ordering in product backlog and sprint backlog in TFS Web Access

                                        Like in "scrum from the trenches" we priorise the work items in descending order of the priority value, being 100 the most important and 0 the less important. In web acess we can't change the sorting order/column of the sprint backlog or product backlog.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Make changeset discussions more discoverable

                                          Provide a way to make TFS 2013 changeset discussions more discoverable. Today, there are two ways to know if a discussion is occurring on a given changeset:

                                          * Navigate to Web Access, then go to "Code" >> "Changeset". Look for any changesets with discussion balloon icons and click on those.

                                          * Create a Work Item from a given discussion so as to track it on the board and/or notify someone who has set up alerts.

                                          It would be preferable to subscribe to project alerts based on discussions, or to subscribe to this event in the Team Room.

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