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How to: Create Work Items

Updated: July 2010

To track the different types of work that must be completed, you can add different types of work items to your team project. For example, the MSF for Agile Software Development process includes a Bug work item that is used to track product defects. Which work item types are listed depends on which process template was used to create the team project. For more information, see Finding and Using Process Guidance.

A representative work item

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 create a work item

  1. On the Team menu, click Add Work Item, and then pick the work item type from the list.


    As you use Team Foundation, it automatically adds your most recently used work items to the top of the Team menu for easy access.

  2. Complete the work item form by filling in all required fields.

    Required fields are indicated by yellow shading.


    You specify the values of some fields by clicking a pre-defined option in a list or on a menu. These choices are defined by the work item type or by a global list. To add options for the Area or Iteration classification fields, you must modifying settings for the team project. For more information about how to add a product area or milestone for the Area or Iteration fields, see How to: Modify the Team Project Areas or How to: Modify the Team Project Iterations. For information about how to add options to other types of lists, see Defining Field Lists.

  3. On the File menu, click Save All to save the work item.




July 2010

Added information about how to define Area and Iteration fields.

Customer feedback.