...develop an empowering Process Template editor!!
The current editor's user experience is a barrier to process improvement through customization of of the template itself. The idea that an out of the box process template will satisfy all customer needs (or even one of the several shipped by MSFT) will be a limiting factor on meaningful and valuable implementations of the product.
Bob Hardister commented
PROBLEM: the Process Editor plugin strips out any comments and formatting added to the WIT definition XML files via a code editor.
ASK-1: need to be able to apply changes to WIT definitions and other template components to multiple projects within the collection at the same time.
ASK-2: need to be able to export (i.e. create) a process template from a team project
Andy Bolstridge commented
There is the TFS PowerTools that allows you to edit workflow processes (and more) from within Visual Studio: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/b1ef7eb2-e084-4cb8-9bc7-06c3bad9148f - see the "Work Item Templates" tool
A plug-in to Visual Studio, this tool provides an add-in to the Team menu and a new section on the Work Items page in Team Explorer. With this tool, you can create, apply, capture, set, and organize default work item templates.
... using a nice GUI.
Would be nice to step through the process template via a wizard that adds/removes items based on our own workflow process.
eg: we use separate stand-alone testing software, so testing work items & reports should be excluded. The same goes for builds which are done via CruiseControl
Couldn't agree more. Thanks for the comment. This is definitely something that is under review.