Saturday, 15 July 2017

Sizing Backlog Items with Team Services

Backlog item sizing will help an Agile team to identify their velocity and plan for future iterations/sprints considering it. It is important the team members have discussed a backlog item and have a common understanding on what needs to be done before it is relatively estimated. Sizing for backlog items in Team Services work items such as User Story, Bug can be updated in Story Points or Effort field depending on the template you are using. Team Services extension, “Estimate” is available in Visual Studio Marketplace allow you to do effective estimating of backlog item, by enabling team to vote for each work item using on Team Services, while getting Story Points or Effort field update automatically with the size value, once team is committed to a size.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Ignoring Visual Studio 2017 Created Files in Git

Visual Studio 2017 creates few files such as slnx.sqlite, .suo and these files often give trouble if you get it added to a branch in Git version control. Every time you open a solution in Visual Studio 2017, these files are indicated as pending changes and you are unable to do a pull, push etc. without undoing or committing these files. This is annoying since you actually do not want these to be added as changes to version control repository. You can try completely removing the files not needed from repository but if you are not willing to go through somewhat risky procedure, what options you have for solving this problem?

Friday, 30 June 2017

Team Services - Custom In Progress Sate to Completed State – Closed Date Not Updating Issue

Team Services now allows work item states to be customized and you can change the workflow to your preference. This is explained in the previous post “Custom States for Work Items in Team Services with New Process Customization Experience” in detail. As explained there you can hide available default states and use your custom sates instead of them. But as of now state change from a custom state to Completed category state does not update the Closed Date and Closed By fields in Bug and User Story/PBI work items. For Task work item in custom state , changing to Completed category state, updates Closed Date but not the Closed By field.

Let’s further understand this issue with an example.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Custom States for Work Items in Team Services with New Process Customization Experience

Custom states for work items could be introduced and usage of new custom workflow for state transitions, is possible in team services from some time back. The post here describes how to customize work item states. With latest updates to Team Services a new process customization experience is introduced as described in “Team Services Process Customization”. Let’s  explore the state workflow customization of work items with the new process customization experience.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Team Services Process Customization

Team Services is coming up with many improvements and one of it is the new process customization experience introduced recently. This allows you to have your own custom work item types, custom work item state flows and custom fields for work items etc. It is made easier to start customizing even directly from work item form. Let’s look at and understand process customization options available for you to optimize your work process.