Visual Studio Team Services Sprint 114 Delivers
Visual Studio Team Services team are in the midst of rolling out yet another sprint, this one with additional Delivery plans features, a more optimized mobile work item experience, and some other Team features.
- By Michael Domingo
For the Visual Studio team, Tuesday was pivotal, with a bunch of deliverables highlighted by the Visual Studio 2017 launch. Meanwhile, the Visual Studio Team Services folks continue plugging away in parallel and are in the midst of rolling out VSTS Sprint 114.
Microsoft's Brian Harry highlights in his blog a number of goodies in this sprint, including some progress on Delivery plans features, a more optimized mobile work item experience, and some other Team features.
Delivery plans have a small and new but important change that can be the difference between seeing changes having them go by unnoticed by the team. That small change comes in the form of a new Field Criteria feature that is embedded at the end of the Delivery plan boards. Field criteria are filterable, so that plans will appear on on calendars based on the criteria chosen on this board.
Another nifty feature is an update to the mobile discussion control that allows for submitting comments on a smartphone. The release notes emphasize that its addition to the sprint is for preview, so the team is looking for some feedback on its usability. One other usability feature of the mobile discussion control is the ability to filter, search and select users when assigning a work item from the control.
The My Pull Requests view now lists any pull requests for members assigned to multiple teams, which centralizes PRs. According to the release notes, this feature will be migrated to the Code tab.
For a complete list of features being rolled out in this sprint, see the release notes here; a roadmap of all the work the team plans to implement in upcoming sprints is here.
Michael Domingo is a long-time software publishing veteran, having started up and managed several developer publications for the Clipper compiler, Microsoft Access, and Visual Basic. He's also managed IT pubs for 1105 Media, including Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine and Virtualization Review before landing his current gig as Visual Studio Magazine Editor in Chief. Besides his publishing life, he's a professional photographer, whose work can be found by Googling domingophoto.