VSTS Process Customization futures (June 2016)

The first wave of work for process customization is complete: allowing you to modify fields, layout and states of existing work item types.  While it’s taken longer than we had anticipated, we’ve received a ton of great feedback and our plan is to continue to work through the backlog.  With the summer season beginning, I… Read more

VSTS Process Customization futures (January 2016)

NOTE: An updated roadmap as of June 2016 is now available. Last month, we released our first major milestone for process customization – the ability to add a field and modify layout, checkout my blog post on the topic if you haven’t seen it yet.  As I shared in July, this was just the first… Read more

Adding a custom field to a work item

Thank you everyone for your patience, but the wait is finally over.  Today begins our journey delivering process customization to Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS)!  We’re releasing the first stage of the rollout plan I described back in July, the ability to add custom fields & modify layout for existing work item types.  Before jumping… Read more

Visual Studio Online Process Customization: Private Preview or vNext?

Process customization is very important to our customers’ ability to adopt Visual Studio Online. In May we announced our “Private Preview” that is intended for organizations that are currently using TFS on-premises and want to move to Visual Studio Online but can’t because of the lack of process customization. Over that last several months we… Read more

Visual Studio Online Process Customization – Update

Back in May, we began explaining our roadmap for process customization on Visual Studio Online (VSO).  In this post, I want to share the progress we’ve made and give an update on our overall plans. Customization rollout planProcess customization features will be delivered on the same cadence as the rest of the service, with new… Read more

Test Plan and Test Suite Customization with TFS2013 Update3

One of the top feature requests from Microsoft Test Manager/Test Case Management users across various forums has been the ability to customize the Test Plan and Test Suite artifacts. Based on the feedback, with Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 3, we are adding the functionality to add custom fields and workflows to Test Plans and… Read more

Customization and configuration in VS ALM

With Visual Studio ALM and TFS, you gain access to a wealth of tools, many of which you configure or can customize. Common areas that team’s customize include team alerts, team home page, shared queries, and test platforms. For on-premises deployments, you can also add fields, customize work item types (WITs), and Agile planning tools. … Read more

Changing the default number of tasks displayed on the taskboard

Whether you’ve installed the beta or signed up for the hosted service, you’ve probably seen the new taskboard feature, one of the new planning and tracking tools. Hopefully you’ve started playing with all these tools, adding items to your backlog, creating tasks, and moving tasks from one state to another. Maybe you’ve shown your teammates… Read more

Update Your Agile Team Project to Support Additional Functionality After You Upgrade from TFS 2010 to TFS11 Beta

Summary When a new version of TFS comes out, there are new features. Some of those features are backed by metadata such as work item types and work item categories. If you had to upgrade your TFS 2008 team project to TFS 2010 you know that this can be a daunting exercise. For TFS11 there… Read more

Installing the Advanced Configuration of TFS 11 from the BUILD Conference in Anaheim

I am posting walkthroughs of the the various TFS install wizards for the upcoming version of TFS previewed at the BUILD Conference in Anaheim this week. Installation of TFS 11 is very similar to installation of TFS 2010. You can use the install guide for TFS 2010 to review the current guidelines for install. And… Read more