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  1. Integrate Office365 and Visual Studio Team Services

    Please integrate Visual Studio Team Services and Office 365 better, considering that an organization that is interested in Visual Studio Team Services will be likely to be using Office 365.

    Integration should include:
    - Authentication - users should be able to use their Office365 accounts and not only LiveID (or Microsoft Accounts).

    - SharePoint site integration - from Visual Studio Team Services let me configure a site that I can host file sharing from, including the ability to use Office 365 as a SharePoint source. Administrative functionality should be included provided the user has the ability to administer Office365.

    -…

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      74 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow for updating process templates on existing projects in TFS

      To keep up with improving processes, there needs to be a migration path for existing templates to be upgraded to new templates. Some information in work items may be lost when mapping these to new work item types of the new templates, but this may well worth the benefits of moving to a newer process. Creating a new team project is not always feasible, especially if the source code versioning needs to be in place.

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        33 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Unfortunately we have had to make the decision to not bring the new Inheritance model to TFS on-prem with the next major release. It was a tough decision that we didn’t take lightly. The scope cuts that we had to make in order to deliver it to on-prem were just too painful, and would not give the User Experience we would be proud of.

        We are still planning to bring it to our on-prem customers in a future release of TFS.

        Sorry for not having a better answer.

        Ewald Hofman
        VSTS/TFS Program Manager

      • Ability for TFS sprint capacity and days off for a project to be inherited by teams

        For businesses where a single scrum team works on multiple projects/products per sprint, sprint planning is painful in TFS 2015.

        One approach is to have a single TFS project and teams representing each product. This simplifies backlog management. However, capacity planning is still time consuming.

        I would recommend capacity planning for a team has a checkbox to "Inherit capacity and days off from parent project". This would allows only having to set capacity and days off at the TFS project level without having to duplicate it at the sub-team level.

        Currently TFS is not designed for single scrum teams with…

        740 votes
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          25 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Customize the columns on the Task Board

          - Configure columns on the task board, just as on the Kanban board
          - allow to control what workitems should appear on a board (even if not linked to a user story/pbi)
          - allow setting of WIP limits per column

          574 votes
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            80 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Enabling users to customer their column on the task board, has been an outstanding wish for us for a long time. A year ago we were planning to pick this one up, but unfortunately we were not able to get to it because of other priorities. We have kept the state of the user voice item as Planned for a long time, as it was always on the edge of being picked up.

            In our latest planning cycle, it is clear that it is still high on our list, but we won’t be able to get to it in the next 3-6 months. In a few months we will have our next planning cycle, and it will be again one of the features that we desperately want to deliver to you. I hope to have better news in a few months. Sorry.

            Ewald Hofman
            Program Manager

          • Hide Work Item Types (WITs) based on permission/security group

            Within a team project, you should be able to specify who is allowed to create a specific Work Item Type.

            A user should only see Work Item Types in the "New Work Item" menu (Team Explorer, TEE, Team Web Access), that the user is allowed to create.

            527 votes
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              23 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              As explained in this blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/10/08/how-we-use-user-voice-to-make-a-better-product.aspx), we had updated the status of this suggestion to “Under Review” to let you know we are tracking it on our backlog. To better indicate which one we are actively working on or which ones are on our 6-month plan, we introduced the states “Started” and “Planned”. The goal is to give an update on in progress suggestions at least every 3 months. This suggestion is still on our backlog, but they are not part of the 6-month plan.

              Ewald Hofman

            • Support calculated fields in TFS

              The ability to create work item fields which are based on a calculation of the value of fields in linked work items.

              For example, if a Product Backlog work item has two children Task work items which each have remaining work, it would be incredibly beneficial to have a field on the Product Backlog work item that was able to roll-up the values of these fields. That is to say that if the remaining work on the two Tasks for that Product Backlog item were 5 and 10 respectively, the Product Backlog work item could show that the sum of…

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                27 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • VSO Support @currentIteration+-1 for next or past iteration

                currently there is no way to identify next iteration and Past iteraton. ideally we assume @currentIteration +-1 should work.

                Use case: 1.We need our user stories to be approved for next iteration, before we start work. Now as VSo just support @currentItertion, we need to manually update our query every 2 week.
                2. Once iteration is over, we performed iteration review, again we have to manually change the query(@currentIteraton-1) or something generic to achive the same will be too useful

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                  54 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add ability to hide/mask fields in a work item based on security/permissions

                  Currently you can make work item fields READ-ONLY for certain groups of users. We would like to have the ability to hide fields or to mask the value of the field as well based on security permissions.

                  For example we require our PM's, Dev's and QA's to enter time estimates for enhancements and defects. These are values that we don't want our Sales/Consulting teams and potentially End-Users from seeing.

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                    3 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    As explained in this blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/10/08/how-we-use-user-voice-to-make-a-better-product.aspx), we had updated the status of this suggestion to “Under Review” to let you know we are tracking it on our backlog. To better indicate which one we are actively working on or which ones are on our 6-month plan, we introduced the states “Started” and “Planned”. The goal is to give an update on in progress suggestions at least every 3 months. This suggestion is still on our backlog, but they are not part of the 6-month plan.

                    Ewald Hofman

                  • Improve MS Project and Office Integration to include WIs from different projects

                    1. Allow excel to open work items from different projects at once.
                    its allowed to relate work items from different projects. but not open them in MS project or excel? it would be great to have this feature for release planning across projects.
                    2. Feature to open hierarchical query results in excel. It will help use excel reports in many more cases.

                    277 votes
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                      25 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      As explained in this blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/10/08/how-we-use-user-voice-to-make-a-better-product.aspx), we had updated the status of this suggestion to “Under Review” to let you know we are tracking it on our backlog. To better indicate which one we are actively working on or which ones are on our 6-month plan, we introduced the states “Started” and “Planned”. The goal is to give an update on in progress suggestions at least every 3 months. This suggestion is still on our backlog, but they are not part of the 6-month plan.

                      Ewald Hofman

                    • Edit comments on ticket's discussion

                      at tfs page, the ticket's discussion comments can't be edited, i would like to edit the comments because of typos or other things.

                      228 votes
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                        45 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        We would love to make comments editable, but that is harder than you would expect. A comment is tied to a revision and we need to keep the revision immutable because of auditing requirements. But it is on our list but don’t expect anything soon.

                      • Visualize Blocked Task in Task board

                        In TFS 2012 (Scrum Template) you can set a Task to Blocked. Problem is you need a query to see a task is blocked. I suggest Visualizing it in the Sprint board so that Team member know the item is blocked.

                        217 votes
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                          24 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          We understand the importance of this scenario, but during the investigation we determined that future additions to the process customization will have better support to implement a real blocked scenario. We are going to hold off of this one for a little bit longer and wait until that work is finished. That does not mean that we forgot about this at all!

                          As a work around you can add a blocked tag to your work items and use the tag coloring on the board to show these tags in red.

                          Ewald Hofman
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                        • Implement indexed full-text search of work items, check-in comments and source

                          TFS stores a tremendous amount of text, but finding what you are looking for with the built-in tools is not very easy. The work item query editor follows the old structured approach - which is good for some things - but is clumsy for full-text, unstructured searches. Check-in comments are even more problematic.
                          Imagine a search engine that crawls the full TFS content, with simple scoping (project/folder and item type) that instantly finds changesets, work items and source code. The web frontent should have a very familiar "web search engine" style, but it should also be possible to perform these…

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                            16 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Automatic State Transition based on linked Work Item State

                            One of the things which I feel has value in the process templates forTFS 2011 is the state changing based on the linked child items. Like how the hours aggregate up from the linked child work items to the parent item, if there is a way to get the parent work item state to transition based on the linked child item state it would be good. An example of this is when a child item state is set to "In Progress" if the parent work item is then set to "In Progess" automatically.

                            Automatic State Transition based on linked Work…

                            203 votes
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                              39 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Display sum of story points in a sprint - agile template

                              When planning sprints it would be very nice to see a total of the story points that have been added. The only way to do this right now is open a query in Excel and sum the column. Not very handy when planning a sprint using the web client.

                              184 votes
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                                10 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Introduce "Is empty" operator in TFS WIQL for rich text fields

                                It is currently not possible to search for rich text fields that are empty. You have to specify a value that the field must either contain or not contain. This value cannot be left blank, so searching for work items where not text has been entered is not possible.

                                In addition to the "Contains" and "Does not contain" operators "Is empty" and "Is not empty" operators would be very useful.

                                162 votes
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                                  13 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  As explained in this blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/10/08/how-we-use-user-voice-to-make-a-better-product.aspx), we had updated the status of this suggestion to “Under Review” to let you know we are tracking it on our backlog. To better indicate which one we are actively working on or which ones are on our 6-month plan, we introduced the states “Started” and “Planned”. The goal is to give an update on in progress suggestions at least every 3 months. This suggestion is still on our backlog, but they are not part of the 6-month plan.

                                  Ewald Hofman

                                • Allow multiple "Current" iterations for multiple iteration paths in a project

                                  It would be really good if TFS interface allowed for multiple "current" iterations.
                                  For example we have a clients that has multiple projects, we group the projects under 1 project in tfs per client. We use the following structure with the iterations paths

                                  [Client]

                                  [Product A / Project A]
                                  [Release 1]
                                  [Sprint 1]
                                  [Sprint 2]

                                  [Product B / Project B]
                                  [Sprint 1]
                                  [Sprint 2]

                                  I would be good that if we are working on Sprint 1 in both project A and B TFS doesnt assume that project B is a future sprint and combines the burn down for example on…

                                  154 votes
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                                    17 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow impediments to be viewable next to their respective tasks within the Board page.

                                    Up until a few weeks ago, we had been using the Urban Turtle extension for TFS, which was much easier to work with than the base web interface. I love the new TFS web interface, however, there is no way to view impediments to a task (no easy way). If an associate is waiting on something in order to complete their task, we add an impediment to the task. Urban Turtle then shows that impediment (in yellow) next to the task, so that we can easily see that the developer is unable to proceed. This allows our project manager to…

                                    147 votes
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                                      17 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • "Not In" operator for Work Item Queries

                                      Nearly all WIQL operators can be negated, except for the "In" operator. IMHO there's a need for a "Not In" operator, the negated version of the "In" operator, returning true if a field value is not in the specified list of values.

                                      143 votes
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                                      • Send email with query results on a schedule

                                        On the TFS web portal you are given the option to send the results of a query via email. It would be very helpful to be able to have the results of the query be emailed on a schedule.

                                        136 votes
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                                        • Add Sprint Goals to Iteration Backlog and Task board

                                          Allow a Sprint Goal to be added, and displayed on the iteration backlog and/or task board. Currently, there is no way of clearly stating sprint objectives.

                                          135 votes
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                                            19 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            As explained in this blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/10/08/how-we-use-user-voice-to-make-a-better-product.aspx), we had updated the status of this suggestion to “Under Review” to let you know we are tracking it on our backlog. To better indicate which one we are actively working on or which ones are on our 6-month plan, we introduced the states “Started” and “Planned”. The goal is to give an update on in progress suggestions at least every 3 months. This suggestion is still on our backlog, but they are not part of the 6-month plan.

                                            Ewald Hofman

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