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  1. 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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      36 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

    • 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

      839 votes
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        107 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

      • 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…

        801 votes
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          29 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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…

          726 votes
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            33 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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.

            608 votes
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              115 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              This work is planned and we’re currently hashing out all the details for updating our discussion experience to make it more prominent, usable, and modern.

              Allowing editing existing comments will be part of this update. Sorry for the inconvenience that our current experience creates and thank you for your patience.

            • 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.

              599 votes
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                26 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

              • 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.

                365 votes
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                  5 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.

                  310 votes
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                    26 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

                  • 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…

                    285 votes
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                      46 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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…

                      269 votes
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                        32 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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.

                        250 votes
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                          25 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
                          @ewald_hofman

                        • 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.

                          244 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.

                            232 votes
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                              22 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Show parent title in task detail

                              Put the backlog item title, or parent item title on the main Detail page of a task. Many views only show tasks assigned to a person, and when they view the task there is no context. So we have to make very redundant task titles that include the title of the parent item so they are not confusing.

                              In the SCRUM layout, consider replacing the "Updated by AaronS 19 hours ago" with a link/title of the parent item if there is one, and move the Last updated message to one of the status/detail columns.

                              it's not apparent the context of…

                              214 votes
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                              • Delivery Plans - Features over sprint boundaries

                                Delivery Plans Extension has the potential to show the planning for future features we implement to our stakeholders. We work in sprints of 3 weeks. Often, the development of a feature takes more than one sprint. It does not seem possible to let an epic or feature run over two sprints. Is that something you have considered? Or is there any smart work around?

                                196 votes
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                                • 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…

                                  188 votes
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                                  • Implement real-time collaboration on the Task board

                                    The task board is an invaluable tool for teams, however not all teams sit in the same physical room when doing planning meetings, nor should I be forced to refresh to see what’s going on throughout the day. It would be great if the task board supported real-time collaboration so all connected participants could see what the rest of the team is doing. This could be achieved using the Microsoft SignalR framework.

                                    180 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.

                                      164 votes
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                                        20 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

                                      • 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

                                        161 votes
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                                        • Please hide past Iterations from drop down for new items

                                          I like that Iterations once ended get placed under past, as time goes on a long list grows under the Iteration dropdown. I would like to see either an option to hide past iterations from drop down or make them automatically not be included since it does not make sense to add any work to an Iteration in the past.

                                          160 votes
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