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  1. 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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    • Bring back the TFS modal check-in dialog box in VS11

      When checking in files from source control explorer in VS2010 and below, you always got a nice modal check-in dialog box that you could easily choose a subset of files to check in from. It would also show you a subset based on what folder you checked in. Now, check-in simply redirects to the new "pending changes" dialog box. There should be a way to still use the old check-in dialog box.

      Note, this suggestion is different from the one that asks to bring back the old pending changes dialog box. I'm talking about bringing back the modal check-in dialog…

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      • Make a summary of Working day in TFS Online on WebSite

        There should be a page in TFS Online where you can see what was done in a day. Right now you need to check source, then click History, and click for every CheckIn and see the details. I'd like to have a view that can be very long to scroll yet agregates all changes as well shows which changes are linked to wich WorkItems and how they change their attributes (like remaining work time).
        Also I'd like to have a summery of who, how much checks-In in terms of tasks, lines of code, and number of files affected. This should…

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        • Make the TFS work item number copy-able

          After different versions of TFS are released, we still have issues with copying work item information (especially number) to other areas. Many times it is needed to send a WI number to others and we end up entering that manually.

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          • Remove source control binding information from inside files

            Visual Studio uses Source Control Bindings (persisted as various Scc* settings in the solution and project files and also in *.vspscc and *.vssscc files) for legacy reasons. The TFS API allows source control information (server url, check-out status, etc) to be retrieved using only the local file path and Visual Studio should use this capability without requiring the user to manage superfluous bindings.

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            • Allow renaming of attachments on work items

              At the moment it is possible to quickly paste a screenshot into the attachments section of a work item using Ctrl + V. This gives the screenshot a default name of 'screenshot.png'. This is fine unless you want to add multiple screenshots, as you aren't able to change the name of the attachments and any subsequence screenshots are also given the same name.

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              • Add custom fields to allow better Team Build management

                Today, besides the team build name, we only have the quality of a team build execution to query and filter through team build results. A set of custom fields, in example add area and iteration to a team build execution, will allow a better team build management. in example to filter which builds where raised in a specific iteration, or area, etc.

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                • Allow multiple Complete meta state mapping in TFS 2013

                  In TFS 2012, we were able to map multiple state values to the "Complete" meta state. In TFS 2013, we cannot do that anymore.

                  This is very beneficial for business like ours who have different state that is considered "Completed" in the software development cycle.

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                  • 43 votes
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                    • Better collaboration support between customer and vendor via internet

                      TFS seems to assume that all parties that want to collaborate are on the same network.

                      We want our customers to be able to raise defects, feature requests, view progress reports etc

                      Issues we currently face with TFS 2010.

                      1. Our customers are not on our internal AD and will never be although we would be happy to set up accounts for them in alternate identity store.
                      2. There does not seem to be a lot of info about exposing TFS to the internet.

                      I would like to see better support for this scenario. The authentication story at the moment…

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                      • 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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                        • Have an option to host private Nuget packages on TFS preview

                          I love Nuget and TFS preview, but my offsite staff have to map a drive to a network share to get to our local (private) Nuget package store.

                          I would love to be able to upload our internal Nuget packages to a private Nuget server within our TFS Preview 'domain'.

                          e.g. nuget.myaccount.visualstudio.com

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                          • TFS Deployment Manager

                            TFS 2012 currently lacks the ability to truly manage deployments of a particular build. There are many different ways to deploy which complicates the issue. However, for companies that follow standard deployment promotion, Development, QA, UAT, Staging, Production, for example, it would be very helpful to have a way to manage deployments to know what has been deployed where and when and see a history of deployments for a particular build.

                            Most people tend to confuse builds with deployments. These must be completely separate from each other. This is the only way to properly deploy the exact same build to…

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                            • 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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                              • Show current Git repository in Team Explorer

                                Team Explorer only displays the current team project, but not the current repository in the case of Git-based team projects. The only way to determine this is via the tooltip on the team project dropdown (see attachment) or the Connect page. Please add passive display of this information on all Team Explorer pages.

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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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                                  • Timeline view of TFS work items to aid project tracking

                                    It would be great to see a timeline of TFS work items, e.g. when was a requirement created, assigned to developer, implementation finished, tested, and closed. This would work for bug items too. It would also be interesting to retrieve statistics of the above, e.g. on average how long does it take for the team to implement a requirement/user story.

                                    A timeline would help project management answer the following:
                                    - how log does it take for the team to finish a requirement/bug/review
                                    - what are the statistics we can conclude, e.g. how long on average does it take us to…

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                                    • Revert all unchanged items from changeset before check-in

                                      Imagine 100 checked-out files, while trying something out, and now you want to check-in your changes.
                                      I feel more comfortable if I see directly which files really changed, before checking-in.

                                      A button "Undo all unchanged" would e.g. undo 90 of these 100 files and now you see clearly which 10 files you really changed.

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                                      • 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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                                        • 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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