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Shared queries (Scrum)

You can manage your workload more effectively by frequently identifying the product backlog items, tasks, impediments, and other work items on which you want to take action. To more easily find all such work items in a particular team project, you can run the queries that the process template for Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum provides.

You can open these queries from the Work/Queries page in Team Web Access (TWA). From Team Explorer, go to the Work Items page.

Scrum shared queries

Sreenshot showing scrum team queries

You can manage work more effectively in Team Foundation by using the following tips:

  • To access work item queries, you must have the appropriate permissions.

  • To find work items that are assigned to you, open one of the "My" shared queries. To open a query, open its context menu, and then choose Open or View Results.

  • You can modify any query by adding criteria to focus on a product area, an iteration, or another field that is defined for the types of work items that you want to find. To modify a query, open its context menu, and then choose Edit. For more information, see Query for work items.

  • You can open any query in Excel or Project, where you can modify the query and publish your changes to the database for tracking work items.

  • To visualize progress create a pie-chart, column chart, or other chart for flat-list queries.

Your product owner can plan and track product backlog items and bugs in the product backlog by using the Product Backlog query. You can find work items that are assigned to the current sprint by using the shared queries that are listed under the Current Sprint folder. These queries find work items that are assigned to a specified iteration or sprint. As you plan additional sprints, you can modify these queries to specify the latest sprint and save them to additional folders that you create, such as Sprint 2 or Sprint 3.

The project administrator for each team project defines area and iteration paths for that project so that the team can track progress by those designations.

Shared queries

Description

Product Backlog

Lists all product backlog items and bugs that are assigned to the root iteration. Product backlog items and bugs are sorted by backlog priority.

Blocked Tasks

Lists all tasks in the current sprint that have been marked as Blocked.

Open Impediments

Lists all open impediment work items in the current sprint.

Sprint Backlog

Lists all product backlog items, bugs, and their linked tasks that your team has committed to complete in the current sprint.

Test Cases

Lists all test cases in the current sprint and sorts them by priority.

Unfinished Work

Lists all product backlog items, bugs, and their linked tasks that have not been marked as Done in the current sprint.

Work in Progress

Lists all tasks in the current sprint that are marked as In Progress.

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