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

Scripts to import and export process templates from TFS

Have you ever created a project, customized it, and then wondered, “how do I extract the entire process template from the project”? Need to update a bunch of projects with the most recent process template? With the process customization private preview and the announcement of the data import into VSTS, we thought it was time… 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

Process Template changes to TFS 2015 RTM

With the release of TFS 2015, we have also updated the process templates. All of these changes were done to: Add support for SAFe Add an additional portfolio level called “Epic” Respond to user feedback Many of you have requested a list of the improvements that we have made to the process templates, so here… 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

Scaled Agile Framework: Visual Studio Online process template updates

We are very excited to provide built-in support for the Scale Agile Framework using our existing Scrum, Agile, and CMMI templates. Some time ago, we published a whitepaper: Scaled Agile Framework: Using TFS to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs, which detailed how to use TFS to support SAFe practices. In support of that guidance,… Read more

Visual Studio Online Process Customization

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m excited to let you know that process customization for Visual Studio Online (VSO) is right around the corner. In this post I want to take a few minutes to explain our roadmap and what you can expect over the next few months. Private Preview We’ve heard loud… Read more

Scaled Agile Framework: Using TFS to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs whitepaper

We are pleased to publish the following whitepaper: Scaled Agile Framework: Using TFS to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs. The Scaled Agile Framework, or SAFe, is gaining popularity among organizations looking to scale Agile practices to the enterprise level. SAFe is a comprehensive framework, covering practices from portfolio level planning to release planning… Read more