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Customize Process Template on Visual Studio Team Services

In Visual Studio Team Services, allow the ability to change the current process template a created project is using as well as the ability to upload your own process templates to create new team projects with.

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    Jonathon StevensJonathon Stevens shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    With the December 10th deployment, we have released our first phase of our rollout plan to deliver process customization to Visual Studio Team Services. You can now add your own fields, and change the layout of the work item form.

    We’ll continue marching down our backlog and add more customizations until we reach full parity with what we have in TFS. This is going to take some time and you can read more about our plans in this blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2016/01/11/process-customization-futures.aspx.

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      • fredfred commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is it possible to customize the Reason Codes for Closed items? It only currently has Deferred, Rejected or Duplicate. This are not the only reason a Bug is closed. What about the value of Resolved or Completed or just Closed.

      • Chris KimChris Kim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I don't see a timeline for the uploading process template feature, just the customizations for the work items. Do you guys have plan to add the upload feature at this point? Small shops might be able to just tweak existing templates but large scale projects will need to customize and upload that to clients.

      • Ed BlankenshipEd Blankenship commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, we sure are. It's the first item on the roadmap (with a great linked description) but many of the releases over the last few months have lots of process template customization options available in Visual Studio Team Services now. The features timeline is available here: https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/articles/news/features-timeline

        Let us know if you have any questions after taking a look at what's available now in Team Services!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Currently the only selection list type of custom field is a numeric list. I would like an option to have a User field the could be used to assign different types of users such as developer, qa, etc. These custom fields would provide a selection list of all users and preferably you could specify the group that would be displayed in the list.

      • Visual Studio TeamAdminVisual Studio Team (Product Team, Microsoft Visual Studio) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Shawn, it is true that we are asking that our customers try and embrace the new process customization features from here on out. The private preview for process customization is available but is subject to review to make sure the process template and the project are a good fit. If you are on TFS on-prem today and need to move to VSTS and you are blocked because of process customization, then you may be a good candidate. Please email us at vsocustpt@microsoft.com and someone will contact you to review your process template.

        Dan Hellem

      • ShawnShawn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We were told by Microsoft VSOCustPT that you are no longer accepting requests for preview access to upload process via VSTS. Is this true? If so, then your answer below is inaccurate, because you are not making this feature available to us.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We need to customize WIT field rules in VSTS. Is there any way to block certain group/users from creating/updating certain work item types?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi

        Is it possible with visual studio 2013 + to uplaod a process template ? We are using a online instance of tfs

      • rdrd commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        1. Does this mean I can edit work items (add fields) on VSO at this point?
        2. I am trying using TFS power tool - seems there is no way.Do I need to use witadmin?

      • DaveDave commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add custom work item states. This is preventing us from using VSTS.

      • JeffJeff commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great news! However, after adding a custom field to a customized process template and applying to the project, I'm unable to add that field as a column in VS or using "choose columns" of an excel spreadsheet connected to a TFS query.

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