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  1. 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.

    2,177 votes
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      246 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Since December we have come a long way. We have added states customization, gave you the ability to customize your portfolio backlogs.

      We are close to deliver the customization of rules to you and allow you to share fields across multiple processes. After that we want to allow you to clone processes and share a process across accounts. Also we plan to give you a full set of REST APIs to automate picklists. You should see these improvements coming alive in VSTS in the next 2 to 4 months.

      Once that is completed we want to extend the feature to “move team projects between processes” today it is limited. You can only move a project from Inherited to its parent and vice versa. We want to give you the ability to move a team project from any process to any other process which enables a conversion from Agile to Scrum,…

    • Let us create multiple collections on Visual Studio Team Services

      As an organization with 25+ developers and 15+ ongoing/supported projects for several customers, we need the ability to group our team projects into different project collections.

      I am sure we are not the only ones.

      1,021 votes
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        109 comments  ·  Administration & Licensing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Work is still ongoing for our plan to enable an Organizations experience for Team Services. We will open up a private preview in 2017 H2 for interested customers to sign up to use this feature. I will provide another update when we are close to open up the private preview.

        Rajesh Ramamurthy
        Program Manager – VSTS & TFS

      • Treat TFS as an Enterprise Symbol Server

        I want my Team Foundation Server instance to be the Symbol Server for the Enterprise. Visual Studio and other debugging clients could then inherently understand when it sees a TFS URL how to locate the symbols or alternately, TFS could provide a URL that exposes symbols correctly (i.e. https://tfs.mycompany.com/tfs/DefaultCollection/Symbols). For those using the Azure-based hosted Team Foundation Service solution, it provides them a publicly-accessible (with authentication) location for Symbol Server as well.

        We don't need a file share any longer if you have a TFS server! Symbols could be stored and maintained using the version control system (or some…

        667 votes
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          15 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We are planning to have a private preview of the VSTS Symbol service when the Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3 release. This will allow integrated authentication from Visual Studio to the VSTS Symbol Server.

          Dandan He
          Program Manager

        • provide a way to version-control build definitions

          Currently, there is no way to revert back to an old version of a Build definition once you've made changes to it.

          640 votes
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            59 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            With TFS 2017 and VSTS, you can see a history of changes for a build definition. You can select a previous version from that history and restore the definition to that version.

            We are now beginning to look at how we can manage definitions entirely in source control so that you can use the same branching and policies for definitions as for the rest of your code.

          • Add server-side git hooks

            Please add server-side git hooks. Github has this feature and it is extremely useful.

            More info here: http://git-scm.com/book/en/Customizing-Git-Git-Hooks#Server-Side-Hooks

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

              We’ve started work to improve our Service Hooks for pull requests and to build a status API for pull requests. These features will allow teams to build external tooling that participates in the PR workflow and approval process. We don’t yet have crisp timeline for the release, but we expect this to be available before the end of summer.

              Matt Mitrik
              Program Manager

            • Allow Burndown to use story points instead of hours

              We typically don't use hours on our tasks. It would be nice to change the burndown in TFS to use story points on completed/non-completed PBIs instead.

              316 votes
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                29 comments  ·  Dashboards and Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                The new Analytics Marketplace extension is now available and provides a suite of three new Dashboard Widgets (CFD, Cycle Time and Lead Time). We are working on the next set of widgets including Velocity, Burndown/up and Trend which will be available over the next few months.

                The Burndown/up Widget will support using any numeric field (including Story Points)

                Josh Zimmerman

              • Change Visual Studio Team Services account region

                My Visual Studio Team Services account was created in North Central US. I'd like an option to change the region, so that my data is stored closer to my users.

                268 votes
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                  39 comments  ·  Administration & Licensing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  We are working toward a self-service solution. In the meantime, you can change the region of your Visual Studio Team Services account by contacting customer support via the basic or premium support links on this page: https://www.visualstudio.com/team-services/support/. A member of our support team will reach back out to the owner of the account to confirm the request and schedule the move.

                  Update: Over the past months, many customers have used this process to move their accounts from one region to another. We are continuing to work toward a self-service solution for this process, but do not have a firm schedule to share as of yet.

                  Thanks,
                  Aaron Hallberg

                • VSO build vnext: share build templates between projects

                  In the new VSO build system, allow users to share the builds template across projects inside the same projects collections (like build queue).

                  This will allow a build specialist to create custom template and reuse it for all projects.

                  244 votes
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                    started  ·  23 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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…

                    201 votes
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                      16 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 198 votes
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                        14 comments  ·  Dashboards and Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        The On-Premises (TFS) version of the Analytics Marketplace Extension is in development and we are fully committed to delivering on it but do not have any timelines to share at this point.

                        The Analytics Service is the backend for a suite of new features we are very excited about including new Dashboard Widgets and Power BI Desktop Connector.

                        Thank you,
                        Josh Zimmerman

                      • Add ability to run build steps in parallel

                        Sometimes we need to start several build steps in parallel for example run tests with specific criteria or upload/download dependancies

                        167 votes
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                          started  ·  10 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add Story Point burndown to dashboard and reports

                          Add a burn down for User Story's with Story Points to:
                          - Project Dashboard
                          - Reports (Project Management similar to Burndown and Burn Rate)

                          We use Story Points on User Stories and Hours on Tasks. This means we have:
                          - A project burndown based on story points
                          - An iteration burndown based on hours

                          In Iteration 0, we take a first pass to create all known User Story's assign each Story Points. This allows a project burn down based on Story Points. This feature is missing in TFS 2012.

                          At the start of each iteration (1 and onward), we create…

                          158 votes
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                            19 comments  ·  Dashboards and Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            The new Analytics Marketplace extension is now available and provides a suite of three new Dashboard Widgets (CFD, Cycle Time and Lead Time). We are working on the next set of widgets including Velocity, Burndown/up and Trend which will be available over the next few months.

                            Josh Zimmerman

                          • Enable reporting with Visual Studio Online

                            It would be great to have access to the reporting capabilities in the Warehouse and the Cube to enhance the analysis capabilities with VSO. Especially around testing and other such capabilities we would really benefit from having some degree of reporting access (even if it was just against SQL Azure and didn't provide cube access)

                            114 votes
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                              6 comments  ·  Dashboards and Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              We are pleased to announce that the Analytics Marketplace extension is now available for VSTS and provides a set of three new Dashboard Widgets (CFD, Cycle Time, Lead Time).

                              We are continuing work on the On-Premises (TFS) version is in development and we are fully committed to delivering on it.

                              The Analytics Marketplace extension will provide a suite of new features we are very excited about including new Dashboard Widgets, Power BI connectors.

                              Josh Zimmerman
                            • Project level build/release variables

                              We can create variables for a build, however when we have multiple builds, it would be nice to have project level build variables which can be used in all your builds/releases.

                              106 votes
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                                18 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Variable groups have been introduced in TFS/VSTS to address this need.
                                https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/docs/build/concepts/library/variable-groups

                                These are shared variables at the team project level, and can be used in build or release definitions. The ability to refer to variable groups from release definitions is complete and is now available in TFS 2017 and VSTS. The ability to refer to variables groups from build definitions is planned in the next 3 months.

                              • Enable export/import TFS 2015 build definitions

                                In TFS 2015 new build system provide a way to import/export build definitions to json file.

                                102 votes
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                                  12 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • VSTS - Personal Git repositories for forking

                                  Give each user a personal Git repo space. The "root" repo today is "Git Repositories". Create a special root called "My Repositories".

                                  Then add a "fork" button next to the "clone" link that would automatically clone in a new repo in "My Repositories" Git folder. Repositories here should still have their origin remote and be available to submit Pull Requests against the origin.

                                  Here is a manual workaround that some are following to recreate this flow:
                                  http://www.woodcp.com/2014/01/how-to-fork-git-repositories-on-visual-studio-online/

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

                                    We are working on forks now and expect to ship it soon. The notion of a dedicated “personal space” to land a forked repo is something we’re going to build in the future. In the short term, we recommend creating a dedicated project for developers to put forks in.

                                  • Add Check/IF Activity in Release Template

                                    It should be possible to check a condition before executing a release activity. For example to check if a website exits before removing a website or check for a folder before deleting the folder.

                                    67 votes
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                                      9 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Offline test Execution: Allow users to execute test cases in an offline manner (when not connected to TFS)

                                      Allow users to execute test cases in an offline manner (when not connected to TFS).

                                      Steps:
                                      1. Ability to export test cases & steps to Excel (when in office & connected to TFS)
                                      2. Perform Test execution by marking tests/test steps pass/fail in the Excel file, while adding comments (when not in office & not connected to TFS)
                                      3. Import test results from Excel into TFS (when in office & connected to TFS)

                                      63 votes
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                                        20 comments  ·  Test  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        We now have an extension (in Preview) on Marketplace for this scenario:

                                        https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms-devlabs.OfflineTestExecution

                                        This currently works with Visual Studio Team Services & support for Team Foundation Server will be coming soon.

                                        Please let us know your feedback about this extension.

                                        We will wait for few weeks for feedback before marking this item as Completed.

                                        Thanks
                                        -Ravi Shanker

                                      • Enable CI Build support for BitBucket Git Repositories

                                        Though BitBucket provides a web hook to raise an event on commits. There is no way to trigger a CI build in VSO through this event. There is a work around available through Zapier. But if you are seriously using VSO, you won't want to pay for Zapier to process this event for you.

                                        Please provide native support for CI for BitBucket based Git repositories. While the build and RM capabilties are great in VSO, the workflow seems broken without native CI support.

                                        60 votes
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                                          9 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Make Reporting in TFS Fast and Fluid

                                          Make Reporting in TFS Fast and Fluid

                                          Using Analysis Services and Reporting Services may have seemed like a good idea back in 2003 when you first started designing TFS 2005, however in 2012 these technologies are archaic and difficult to use.

                                          Throw out SSRS and SSAS, heck in TFS 2012 in the new Web Access the team already created a new reporting system for burndowns and for the kanban reports.

                                          Now for TFS 2015 it's time to make reporting EASY for non developers, EASY for managers, and fast and fluid for general end users to design and change.

                                          Look at…

                                          54 votes
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