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How to: Add New Work Items (Team System Web Access)

Visual Studio 2008

You can use Team System Web Access to create different types of work items to track the progress or quality of your team project. The work item types that are available depend on the process template that a team project uses. For example, the MSF for Agile Software Development process template provides the following work item types:

  • Bug

  • Quality of Service Requirement

  • Risk

  • Scenario

  • Task

Required Permissions

To perform these procedures, you must be a member of the Contributors group or have the View work items in this node, and Edit work items in this node permissions set to Allow. For more information, see Team Foundation Server Permissions.

To add work items to a project

  1. In the quick launch area of the Team System Web Access navigation pane, click the New Work Item arrow, and then select an item from the All Work Item Types menu, such as Bug, Task, or Scenario.

  2. In the new work item, enter appropriate information for each field. Fields with invalid data display a yellow background.


    A caution icon appears on any tab that contains values that violate validation rules. You must correct the information before you can save changes.

  3. Click Save & Close.

You can create work items by using URL syntax that specifies initial work item values. Use this method to create work items that must contain the same initial values. When you e-mail this URL to the team, or post it on a Web site, any team member can use it to create a bug that has the same initial field values that you specified.


The following procedure only works with Team System Web Access 2008 Service Pack 1.

To create work items by using a URL

  • Use the following URL syntax to create a new work item:


    Replace the following arguments by using values specific to your project requirements.

    • Server is the name of the server that is running Team System Web Access

    • Port is the port number that Team System Web Access is using

    • Project is the name of the team project where the work item will be created

    • Type is the type of work item to create

    • Field is the name of a field to assign an initial value

    • Value is the initial value to assign to the field

You can specify initial field values in any order. The following example is a URL that creates a bug that has "Bug Bash" as its title and "AdventureWorks\Content" designated as the Area Path:

http://AdventureWorksServer:8090/wi.aspx?pname=AdventureWorks&wit=Bug&[Title]=Bug Bash&[Area Path]=AdventureWorks\Content

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