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  1. Bring back tree view to Queries

    Bring back the query left pane. The new query experience "streamlines" the queries by removing left pane and forcing you to favorite queries for easier access. What I previously accomplished in one click I now I have to perform multiple clicks and type into a filter. This is the opposite of streamlining.

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

      We are currently exploring ways we can improve the navigation experience of Queries based on all the feedback we have received. Several User Voice tickets have been merged so that we can consolidate your comments and provide a single channel for communication.

      For more information and to continue to contribute to the discussion, check out the Developer Community ticket (https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/problem/275510/i-am-unable-to-disable-the-new-query-dogfood-setti.html) and Blog Post (https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/devops/2018/06/18/queries-hub-updates-generally-available/) on the changes.

    • Wiki for entire VSTS site

      It would be nice to have a default Wiki for our entire VSTS. The idea for this Wiki would be to hold a collection of information that isn't really specific to any single project but more general information about the VSTS site or any processes that are specific to our work environment.

      10 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Migrate a shelveset to a different branch

        Restore functionality in TFS/TFVC 2017 to migrate a shelveset to a different branch when unshelving.

        This functionality was available in Powertools 2015 via

        tfpt unshelve /migrate /source:"$/ProjectName/Branch" /target:"$/ProjectName/Targetbranch" "My Shelveset Name"

        But there is no equivalent or workaround for vs 2017 as far as I can tell.

        (https://stackoverflow.com/questions/49371144/visual-studio-2017-cannot-move-shelveset-to-another-branch)

        Moving incomplete work between branches as release dates change, or new work comes in is a common practice for us.
        Now we have to temporarily commit incomplete/broken work to merge it into other branches, before rolling back on the original branch.

        Unless TFVC is abandoned in favour of GIT surely…

        12 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Differentiate completed work versus removed work in sprint burndown

          The current iteration burndown is calculated based on sum of remaining work. Throughout the iteration remaining work is reduced as progress is made as well as items are moved out of the iteration. As a product owner or scrum master, it would be very helpful to be able to differentiate this in the burndown. Current surface graph is sum(remaining work tasks in iteration). I'm proposing a stacked surface graph of sum(remaining tasks in iteration) and another series of sum(remaining work tasks moved out of iteration).

          Currently the only way to determine actual velocity and items completed is via the backlog…

          14 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Release Management include all work items in release -api (json)

            We are using release management for deploying our daily release to our test env´s. To manage workItems related to the release we are using a small web service.
            The json the service hook is getting from vsts only includes the first 10 workItems of the release even if there are 20 in it.
            This effect also appears when you add a notification if a release is deployed you get a mail but only 10 workItems are listed.

            Please include all related workItems in the json or make this "limit" editable.

            32 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • VSTS Web View: add "Move to Iteration" menu to the right click menu in queries

              In the VSTS web view, add the "Move to iteration" menu to the right click menu when viewing items in a query. This allows users to quickly move items to the backlog or current sprint. This behavior currently only works when viewing items in the Backlog. This feature used to exist, but was removed: see the following bug: https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/problem/309052/move-to-iteration-option-is-not-visible.html

              9 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add support for helm repositories

                As a developer
                I want to publish my helm packages to VSTS package management
                So that I can provide access to other developers in my organisation

                18 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Package Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • New Navigation: Team pull requests

                  In the new navigation it would be great to see the pull requests that are assigned to a team that I'm a member of, in addition to those I created. Like in the old/current 'My Pull Requests' page.

                  25 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Turn off new account landing page in on-premises TFS 2018

                    Could the New account landing page feature (Advanced home page) be turned off for on-premises TFS (TFS 2018.2)

                    7 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Dashboards and Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Use team fields instead of area paths to support teams

                      I found this idea has been proposed many times under different names, and everytime got archived for too few votes.
                      So I will post this again if it this time would get more votes :)
                      Currently one can separate Team responsibilities only by Area Path. TFS supports specific team field but VSTS does not. Plese have this functionality in VSTS too. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/vsts/work/customize/use-team-fields-instead-area-paths

                      186 votes
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                        11 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow us to collapse the Organizations list at the far left of the new nav view

                        When working in both Organizations and Project properties, there seems to be a fight for screen space. I think it would be helpful if you could collapse the Organization list vertically. Better yet, maybe you could use the Azure Portal approach where screens slide to the left when you select a new area.

                        13 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Administration & Licensing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Provide count of work items and story points on sprint backlogs and boards

                          Please provide a count of work items and story points by state on sprint backlogs and boards. Currently, have to create queries and charts or a widget and go to the Dashboard page to look it up, it should be visible on each page where work items are listed.

                          6 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Ability to filter Taskboard work items by user and include all tasks

                            Currently when you filter the Taskboard view to show only your own items, it will hide any Tasks that are not assigned to you.

                            The problem this can cause is that you can't easily answer the question, "what is the overall status of the PBIs/Bugs that I have ownership of?" in the Taskboard view, when other team members have Tasks on those items. It can also be confusing when tasking out your items - when you add tasks for other people to your Work Item, they disappear if you refresh the view (as they are then filtered out). I've inadvertently…

                            17 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Provide Sprint Storyboard with State columns

                              Under Boards, Sprints, provide a Storyboard similar to Taskboard, with columns for each state, but by stories or product backlog items/bugs rather than tasks.

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Target Date for Product Backlog Items

                                Target Dates are currently available for Epics and Features but not Product Backlog Items. Product Items are pulled into an iteration from the a prioritized backlog but they may have hard commitment dates aligned to releases and must be delivered in a respective iteration. Other PBIs may not have a hard date and can be added to an iteration by priority. As a product manager, it would be helpful to know when PBIs must be delivered via a Target Date to ensure they do not fall out of an iteration.

                                13 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Work Items are not carried over from a failed release into later release attempts.

                                  When a release fails, any subsequent releases (of the same repository) do not carry Work Items over from the previously failed release.
                                  This causes an issue for release approvers, who are unable to see related Work Items. Currently they have to look at all previously failed releases to find the corresponding failed release containing the work items.

                                  5 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • test case automation status field options

                                    The field Microsoft.VSTS.TCM.AutomationStatus only includes two options. There is not a way to add more.

                                    Available options:
                                    Not Automated
                                    Planned

                                    Needed options:
                                    Cannot Automate
                                    Automated

                                    10 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add security at the release environment variables level

                                      Microsoft made a change related to validating endpoint permissions within environments intentionally to address multiple customers raising concerns with managing environment security. Although a user had permissions to edit an environment, user was not allowed to edit environment because of not having access to one of the endpoints used in the environment.

                                      We want to keep a separation of duties but now developers can edit the environments (which are deploying to Azure) as well as the variables. this is a problem because the developers can change their release to do anything in Azure.

                                      We would like to see security added…

                                      7 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • .gitattributes not applied on pull request

                                        Details in these two links.

                                        https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/problem/65693/gitattributes-not-applied-on-pull-request.html

                                        https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/problem/65693/gitattributes-not-applied-on-pull-request.html

                                        For certain files, we want to always overwrite using version in feature during a pull request to develop. However, a merge conflict arises when the file is modified by both branches. Locally, we can always overwrite on merge by setting .gitattributes, but it's not being applied on pull requests on VSTS. Can you fix?

                                        Some how this is has been not addressed so far.

                                        5 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Board swim lane by assigned to

                                          Create horizontal swim lanes on scrum board by "Assigned To" field with columns by "State" for each swim lane, not just the In Progress ones.

                                          I used this functionality in Jira, but now that I have switched to Azure DevOps, this vital functionality is lacking. As a scrum master, during standups, I would like to see all the PBIs and bugs assigned to each team member in separate swim lanes, broken down by columns for State of the PBI. Currently, I have to filter by Assigned To for each team member one after another and is very time consuming and…

                                          5 votes
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