What's new in planning and tracking
With the release of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013, several new features were added to support planning and tracking projects: portfolio backlogs, team rooms, chart query results, and Git for version control.
With portfolio backlogs, you can define a hierarchy of backlogs to understand the scope of work across several teams and see how that work rolls up into broader initiatives.
Each team project is configured with one level of portfolio backlog using the Feature work item type. In addition, you can configure up to four additional levels of portfolio backlogs, In total, this provides you with seven levels from the top-level portfolio backlog to task.
Team rooms provide an area for fostering and capturing communication among team members, both near and far. Teams can discuss work in progress, ask questions, share status, and clarify issues that arise in real time.
A team room is automatically configured for each team. In addition, team rooms can be created to serve ad hoc discussion groups and cross-group collaboration.
By using the team room instead of email threads, you automatically receive an audit trail of conversations and decisions. By reviewing the archive, you can quickly catch up with the team when you’ve been away or in a different time zone. This feature requires full access.
You can quickly view the status of work in progress by charting the results of a flat-list query. You can create several types of charts—such as pie, bar, column, or stacked column—for the same query and share them with your team. Creating charts requires full access. All team members can view charts created for shared queries.
You can now create team projects that use Git for the version control system. You can also use Visual Studio with Git to work in a repository that’s hosted on another Git service such as CodePlex or GitHub.
Also, from Team Explorer, you can quickly switch context to other team projects that you’re connected to using the new Connect page.
And, Team Explorer now lists the solutions in your workspace. You can select the solution you want to work on and switch between them easily.
Plus, you can undock the Pending Changes, Changeset Details, and Shelveset Details pages from Team Explorer and open them in new windows.
To learn more, see What's new in version control.
A: The following new features were added through updates to TFS 2012. You access these from TWA: