TFS 2015.1

TFS 2015 Update 1 was release some time ago, here is a recap of my favorites.

The project homage

It’s now possible to modify project homepage and make several dashboards, there are a lot of widgets to select from. One om my favorites is the markdown widget where you can add text links and pictures, this can be a great place to share project information.

Drag and drop

There are improvement everywhere for drag and drop and multi select

  • Drag-and-drop reordering and re-parenting
  • Dragging items to an iteration
  • Dragging items to the mapping pane
  • Support for move to top and move to position on the context menu
  • Bulk edit
  • Bulk assign to

If you have a PBI/User Story that is not completed in a sprint and you drag it to a new sprint the completed tasks stay in the old sprint.

Styles and Tags

You can add color to your cards and tags according to certain criteria both in the Kanban and in the sprintboard. In the sample below I added red color to the blocked Tag.

And here I added a style that sets the color of the Task to red if there are more than 12 hour left.

Tasks as checklist

Tasks appears as a checklist in the Kanban board.

Multiple activities in the sprint

It’s finally possible to have multiple activities to a user in a sprint!


GIT and TFSVC in the same project

Up to now if you want to try GIT out or start using it for your project you had to create a new TFS project. Now GIT and TFSVC can coexist in the same TFS project.


SonarQube build tasks

SonarQube is a great product to control you technical debt, you have been able tou use it with TFS build for some time but now there are build tasks for sonar that makes to work easier.


Test retention policy

There has over the years been a big problem with test results not being deleted when the build a removed with the build retention policy, the test results and files needed for the test could take a large portion of your TFS database. Now we have a built in test retention policy that removes the test files and attachments according to your needs.

Office integration

Team Explorer doesn’t exist as a separate download anymore, if you want the Excel, Project or PowerPoint Integration you can download this separately here. You need a TFS CAL to use it.

Download TFS 2015 update 1 here

Migrate a TFS project to another process template.


Back in 2011, 4 years ago I wrote a blog post called "Manual upgrade a TFS project to a new Process template". Since then I have got some questions and feedback and now it's time for an updated version based on the latest process templates in TFS … [Continue reading]

Modern development and infrastructure

With the cloud development the last few years we have a couple of new opportunities regarding infrastructure on developer workstations, team collaboration, development/test and production environments. Developer workstations There are two important … [Continue reading]

What’s new in TFS 2015


TFS 2015 is now in Release Candidate (RC) and is probably Release to RTM soon. There is a lot of new stuff coming, here are some of my favorites. The license model There are a few rather god changes in the license model, the biggest one is that if … [Continue reading]

Managing security in TFS the easy way

The old way Before the introduction of Teams in TFS 2012, managing Security was fairly easy, my recommendations to my customers was always the same, use AD-groups and let the TFS Administrator do all the work. Create three AD groups for every TFS … [Continue reading]

Test license change in VSO and TFS 2015

Many of my customers are having problems with the license model for testers where a non-frequent tester (for example Acceptance tester) has to have at least a Visual Studio Test Professional to do their test even if they only run test in the test hub … [Continue reading]

Release Management 2013 licensing change

When Microsoft acquired InRelease, later Release Management for Visual Studio in 2013 you had to pay a license for each agent deployed on every server you wanted to deploy to. Even though you got licenses together with Visual Studio Ultimate these … [Continue reading]

TFS 2013.4


TFS 2013.4 is out with a lot of nice stuff Stakeholders My favorite is the new Stakeholder access level You probably have a lot of Stakeholders who are interested in using TFS web access. Up to now to use the Backlog and other features you … [Continue reading]

License Update Visual Studio Online and maybe TFS 2013.4

Stakeholders 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 … [Continue reading]

TFS 2013.3

TFS 2013.3.2

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 … [Continue reading]