Assign a Work Item to Multiple People
Allow work items to be assigned to more than one person, enabling work item tracking by ad-hoc teams.
This would be useful for pair programming for example. When pairs form impromptu teams that exist just for the duration of the sprint. Or for when the build has failed as all those who have checked in code could have the failure assigned to them as a bug. Ideally in that situation, there would be a quick way for one of the assignees to take ownership to inform the others that they're working on it.
A multi select option to select more than one user on a task would be wonderful. We have this ability today in Version One and is one kicker that we are trying to figure out how to do with TFS.
Andreas Balzer commented
@Ewald Hofman: It's possible in Project 2013 to add several people to one Task, it's possible to sync it with visualstudio.com and it's not nice to get a bad looking error message. So either get the Project team to make their error message beautiful or add the feature to visualstudio.com. Convinced? ;-)
olcay seker commented
Creating group is ok but i cant assign a workitem to groups. As for responsibility, it could actually managed by PM i think.
Thanks for your feedback. We have heard this request multiple times in this scenario, but also in other scenarios. We have the idea on the backlog, but to be honest it is currently not very high on that backlog. The reason is that there were always good workarounds to overcome this issue, like adding new items in the Assigned To ALLOWEDVALUES list that represent those paired programmers.
If you feel that this is very high priority feel free to convince that I am thinking wrong by voting for this idea.
TFS Program Manager
Visual Studio ALM Team commented
We have heard this comment more often, mostly in combination with the MS Project integration. However it sounds interesting, you can step into the pitfall that nobody is really responsible for executing the task.
A good workaround is to create a new group that represents the pairs.