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  1. On TFS 2015 Update 2, Review group permissions

    When I grant permissions to manage iterations and area, we need an extra permission: Edit project-level information. But this permission grants the group, a lot of power to manage groups of others.
    I need to grant permission to a group to edit iterations and areas, but these users can not manage permissions of other groups.

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      0 comments  ·  Administration & Licensing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

      Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

      When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

    • Make Private Agent pricing more inline with other offerings

      As mentioned in comment after comment on

      https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bharry/2015/09/01/september-pricing-and-licensing-changes/

      it seems that the $15 / month private agent pricing is just completely out of whack.

      It seems at least an order of magnitude to much.

      We would love to take advantage of the VS build stuff, but we have 3 agents under teamcity (free), and can't see the benefit of moving over if we have to lose 2 of those.

      $2 / month seems more correct. Unless there is computation work we as end users are just not seeing to support the private agents.

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        2 comments  ·  Administration & Licensing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

        Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

        When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

      • Add rules in the Work Item Tracking Definition language that allow comparison of dates

        I have Start Date and End date fields in my work item type. I need a way to prevent users from entering a end date older than the start date. I am hoping this feature would prevent my users from hurting themselves when they are audited.

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

          We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

          Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

          When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

        • Need more robust query tools.

          I would like the ability to find out which Features are in state <> done where ALL child PBIs are in state = done.

          In this way project owners can find out which Features all the work has been done for.

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

            We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

            Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

            When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

          • Enable openId/oauth authentication with an external openid server

            Enable openId/oauth authentication with an external openid server.

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              0 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

              Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

              When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

            • Add a variable picker to Build/Release

              In vNext Build/Release, it would be nice to have a small button to the right of a field in a build step to choose a variable (similar to how TeamCity does this). This would populate with all variables that are allowed in that context, including Release, Build, Agent, Environment variables, etc.. As well as variables defined in the Variables page. I always find myself having to refer back to the documentation when I want a variable and this would be a huge productivity boost.

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                0 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

              • Ability to link multiple parent items to the work item

                Need ability to link few work items using 'Parent' relationship to any work item. Currently only one parent is allowed for work item.

                Few cases for example(used Agile team process):
                1. When creating some Use Story need to be able link them to few parent Features
                2. When creating Feature need to be able link them to few parent Epics and so on...

                As result of this feature implementation suggesting to display these work items in hierarchies few times under each parent item.

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

                  We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                  Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                  When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

                • Open attachments of test result from web portal in browser

                  The attachments is download directly when click on the attachments of the test result, it would be more better if there is an option to open it from browser directly.

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                    0 comments  ·  Test  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                    Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                    When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

                  • Add the ability to get key Kanban metrics

                    It is a constant source of frustration that we have no way to easily obtain key Kanban metrics.

                    A key tenet of Kanban is to continuously improve. Point of fact, your own article titled "Kanban basics" states under "Core Practices" that "Teams determine how to improve the continuous flow of delivery over time based off key metrics."

                    Here is that article:

                    https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/docs/work/kanban/kanban-basics#kanban-core-practices

                    What key metrics? Any Kanban solution should at least be able to give you Lead and Cycle Times at a bare minimum. Throughput would be nice.. etc.. Again, these are mentioned in your same "Kanban Basics" article:

                    https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/docs/work/kanban/kanban-basics#4-monitor-metrics-and-fine-tune

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

                      We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                      Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                      When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

                    • code review request assigned to me

                      If someone invites me to a Code Review but then closes the review before I have had a chance to reply, that code review request will remain in the "Assigned to me" query results forever.

                      I realize that I can edit the query to hide them, but that query is non-trivial.

                      In brief, I shouldn't have items that remain assigned to me that I have no hope of ever taking action on to remove them from that state.

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                        1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                        Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                        When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

                      • Provide Enable\Pause\Disable for Build VNext definitions.

                        VS2013 Xaml builds had an option Pause\Enable\Disable any build definitions. There is no straight forward way of doing it on VS2015 VNext. Further, there are not UI indicators on the build definition displayed for developers to know if the builds are Paused.

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                          0 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                          Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                          When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

                        • add a sprint effort chart on the iteration page

                          On the iteration page, there is a chart for the burndown. It is great, but it show remaining works based on task.

                          It will be great to design a small chart which show the iteration sum effort, the gained and remaining points.

                          As the velocity chart, but focus only on the sprint page with an horizontal layout.

                          It will helps building iteration based on the velocity.

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

                            We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                            Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                            When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

                          • Compare last two versions

                            Whenever i get latest on something and want to know what was changed i go back to history page and compare the last two check-ins. It would be nice it we had something available in context menu something like 'compare last two check-ins' below 'Compare' to see the difference when the user right click on the file. This will definitely come handy to lot of people who spend time finding the difference on someone else checked in file.

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                              0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                              Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                              When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

                            • App

                              Develop a Mobile App (Windows Phone, Android, & IOS) to manage Work Items for Team Services.
                              This should be able create/edit/delete epics, features, user story, and tasks. Both in backlog and kanban style.

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

                                We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                                Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                                When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

                              • Add "Assigned By" field

                                Please add a core field "Assigned By". To be able to see who changed the "Assigned To" field.

                                It's currently not possible to add such a custom field.

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

                                  We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                                  Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                                  When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

                                • Provide a better UI for named parameters to PowerShell script build steps

                                  For project-specific needs, it is often most convenient to perform custom build logic in a PowerShell script step. However, the only way to pass in arguments is through the single-line text box. It would be very convenient and offer better readability if the UI for that build step offered a way to specify a list of key/value pairs that were then turned into a hash and splatted into the script for its arguments.

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                                    0 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                                    Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                                    When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

                                  • Allow for column definition for Epics, features and PBI's

                                    Allow for column definition to be controlled by the team for Epics, Features, PBI's Bugs etc. When in the control panel under process and work item types allow for a default column layout similar to what has been done for States and fields. This allows for the whole team to have the same view.

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

                                      We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                                      Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                                      When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

                                    • notification for work items in view

                                      It would be really nice to have an option to get notified of any new work items showing up in a view or changes to any items in those views. I would love to be able to go to a view and click a "get notified on changes" button to be updated when an item is added.

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

                                        We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                                        Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                                        When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

                                      • Kanban shortcut for "Assign To Me"

                                        Having a keyboard shortcut for "assign to me" would make handling tasks in the kanban board more fluent. There are already a bunch of shortcuts for moving a task around. To assign it to myself I have to click in the assigned to field and choose my name. In teams with mor than 6 members I even have to scroll down.

                                        Trello for example uses "Space" to assign the task to me or to remove myself from the card again.

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

                                          We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                                          Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                                          When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

                                        • Multiple backlogs (queries) with individual forecast/velocity

                                          In a perfect SCRUM world where all team members can easily replace each other this is no issue.

                                          In my case (and I can imagine I'm not the only one) I have on one side a few people specializing in front-end (web) development and on the other side people specializing in back-end development (interfaces, REST APIs, business processes, ...)

                                          Now of course we have several "teams" in our (single) team project - for every product there's a team. This is perfect to have a product focused view on things. However in my case it is important to have several projects/products…

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

                                            We want to build a product that our users love. User Voice provides us a great platform to let any TFS/VSTS user tell us what is important to them. We closely pay attention to the most popular suggestions.

                                            Too many suggestions in User Voice however will make it hard for you to find the suggestions you want to support. We will regularly archive the suggestions created more than a year ago and has low number of supporters.

                                            When a suggestion is archived, you can still view them, but you can’t support them anymore. Also Microsoft will not pay attention to these suggestions.

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