Archives for July 2014

License Update Visual Studio Online and maybe TFS 2013.4


With all the nice stuff included in TFS web access you probably have a lot of Stakeholders who are interested in using TFS web access. Up to now to use the Backlog and other stuff you needed a TFS CAL or pay 20$ per user per month in Visual Studio Online.

Now Microsoft have decided to let Stakeholders use much of this for free in Visual Studio Online with a new Stakeholder license. This will probably be introduced to on Premises TFS in TFS 2013.4 as a part of the “Limited User Access”

What will be able to do

  • Full read/write/create on all work items
  • Create, run and save (to “My Queries”) work item queries
  • View project and team home pages
  • Access to the backlog, including add and update (but no ability to reprioritize the work)
  • Ability to receive work item alerts

What they won’t be able to do

  • No access to Code, Build or Test hubs.
  • No access to Team Rooms
  • No access to any administrative functionality (Team membership, license administration, permissions, area/iterations configuration, sprint configuration, home page configuration, creation of shared queries, etc.)

Access to the Test Hub in Visual Studio Online

If you want access to the Test hub in TFS Web Access you need Visual Studio Premium, Ultimate or Test professional. If you are an acceptance tester and only need access to the Test Hub that might be a bit expensive, the cheapest version you can buy is Visual Studio Test professional.

Microsoft has now decided to include this in the Visual Studio Online Advanced plan. At the moment this will not be included in on premises TFS.

TFS 2013.3

Microsoft just released TFS 2013.3 . There are two new features that I really like.

Test Plan and Suite customization

It’s now possible to modify Test plans and Test Suites as any other Work Item. It also means that you can query them and also see what’s  changed in their history tab.

TFS 2013.3.1

What I think is missing and what would be nice is if you could sew the relation between Test Plans, Test Suites and Test Cases as links.

Filter setting to the backlog

In TFS 2012 the “Current sprint” User Stories where not shown in the backlog, but that was changed in TFS 2013 where all User Stories where shown in the backlog. Now you can chose witch way you want it.

TFS 2013.3.2

Read more about it here. Download it here.

TFS 2013.2

OK, this time I am a bit late…. Microsoft released TFS 2013.2 in the beginning of April, it is as the earlier updates cumulative. It’s no big update but it includes a couple of things that makes life easier for the development teams.

Tags in queries

The possibility to Tag a Work Item as been there for some time but it hasn’t been possible to use the Tags in a Work Item Query. This is now possible, the Tag field is now shown with all the other fields in the Query Editor and of course also in the result.

TFS 2013.2.1

Weekends in the Burndown

Since TFS 2012 I and a lot of my customers have been irritated that the weekends are shown in the Burdown chart. You can now finally select our working days, thank you Microsoft!

TFS 2013.2.2

Start date for the Cumulative flow diagram

Another diagram change is that you now can set a start date for the Cumulative flow diagram. The diagram shows User Stories/state over time.

Simple diagrams (Charting)

With Work Item Chart that has been around for some time it has been possible to create diagrams from a Work Item Query, you can for example show who has the most active bugs assigned at the moment. The new thing in Update 2 is that you can pin the chart in the start page, just like a Team Query.

TFS 2013.2.3

Export testplans to HTML

It has earlier been difficult to print the data in the testplans as in a report, now it’s possible to print or email the content in a testplan with test, teststeps, configuration and run settings.

TFS 2013.2.4

Microsoft release cycle.

Microsoft has since TFS 2012 increased the TFS release to about one major and 3-4 minor releases per year. Download TFS 2013 Update 2 here.