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).
Visual Studio ALM Team commented
Glad you found the blog post on this. Being able to add rules on these fields (Area and Iteration) is on our backlog. We are adding functionality in the vNext release which will default these fields based on what team you are a member of. Each team can define default values for these fields, and by working in the context of a team, these values are then defaulted when creating new work items. We hope this addresses a lot of the need for rules on these fields.
Gregg Boer - MSFT / TFS Product Group
Exactly, the <REQUIRED> rule (or a new rule) should make sure an area node is selected, which is not the root area.
This is not so easily, because these fields are allready required (allways filled with data) so there is a need for different mechanisms. And there is a mechanism also for Area/Iteration path fields. We are using this for some projects since TFS 2008 times.