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Work Item Visualizer for TFS 2010 - Its a free tool

Posted By:shankey       Posted Date: July 08, 2011    Points: 25    Category: New Product Release    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

What it does:

·         Creates a DGML graph to visualize linked TFS Work Items by entering a Work Item ID in the toolbar search box


How it benefits you:

·         Allows you to easily analyze the hierarchy of your TFS Work Items

·         Gain the ability to perform basic risk/impact analysis when creating or editing Work Items 

·         Great for meetings in the case that you need to discuss the entire scope of linked Work Items 

·         Easier project planning 

·         Eliminates the need to create TFS queries or reports to view tree of Work Items 

·         Easily lets you see the entire tree of work items linked to the one you're working on 


Navigation Tips:

·         Use Ctrl + Mouse Wheel Scroll to zoom in and out

·         Use Ctrl + Left Mouse click (and hold) to move document around

·         Right click on DGML area for more options (Like copy image or viewing in groups)

·         Clicking on each node highlights that node and the links connected to it

·         Colors in the legend can be changed

·         When work item nodes are deleted, the view is automatically updated

·         Double clicking on work item node will open up the Work Items URL


Try it out on work items that have several of links and let us know what you think. A big thanks goes out to everyone working on the http://visualization.codeplex.com/ project for publishing the source code on CodePlex which really helped me learn how DGML (Directed Graph Markup Language - New to Visual Studio 2010 Architecture Tools) works!


Blog Post: http://geekswithblogs.net/MikeParks/archive/2010/05/25/work-item-visualizer-for-tfs-2010---new-extension.aspx



Version History

v 1.2 Updated manifest file for extension to work only with Visual Studio Ultimate since Architecture Edition DLL's don't exist in all other versions.

v 1.1 Updated manifest file for extension to work with other versions of Visual Studio (Previously only set to Ultimate)

v 1.0 Initial Release

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