Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer: version .8.3 released

 

New minor release of Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer

TLDR; Two feature changes and two bug fixes. One of them being a security fix. You are advised to upgrade to this version

New Features in this release

Bug Fix, work item titles were not properly escaped

The work item title where not properly escaped, if someone entered invalid HTML into the work item title the tile might not be correctly displayed.

This is could lead to script injection attacks (even considering the work item title is of limited size).

Just to make this very clear, the vector attack is limited and has to be done by someone who has permissions to create work items.

Basically it needs to be exploited internally. An inside job, so to speak, so the threat seems to be small. Nonetheless the problem exists, so you should upgrade to this version.

t’s there so you should upgrade.

Show the (kanban) State of a Requirement on task board

Maybe this should be named, task board meets kanban board. Smile

This is not exactly a new feature, but a an improvement to an existing one.

Previously the state of a requirement were shown for requirements (to be more correct any work item on the requirement category), this feature has been slightly changed. Now instead of showing the work item state, the kanban state (if you are not customizing kanban columns, then this feature will behave like it always had).

Assume we customized the kanban board and added a ”Ready to be documented” state.

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If you go to the task board, this state will be shown

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Allowing you to have a better view of your requirements right from the task board, without the need to go the kanban board. (remember kanban columns are customized by team, and this is respected on this feature, so different teams can see different states, just like in kanban board).

Show the color of a work type type for requirements

This is also a slight change from an existing feature.

Besides showing the work item type (if the board has more than one work item type) we also show the color of work item type.

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Previously the color was only shown IF the board contained more than work item type in the requirement category, starting this version the color is shown if the process template has more than one work item type in the requirements category regardless of the work item types visible on the board.

Bug fix for TFS 2013 Update 2 (RTM)

In the previous version, Support for 2013.2 release candidate was added, when the final version come out, a small change broke support for showing user images on the cards (the pictures were too big and stretched). So this version fixes this issue if you have TFS 2013.2 RTM

Download

TFS 2012 (RTM or Update 1)

The version for 2012 RTM or 2012.1 is no longer under active development, but a new version has been released to fix the security vulnerability Download version 11.0.7.7 of the extension

If you are still running TFS 2012 RTM or with Update 1, you should install version 11.0.7.7

TFS 2012 Update 2 and upwards

This version only works on TFS 2012 with update 2 or 3 or 4.

For Update 2 and upwards Download version 11.2.8.3 of the extension

[Update] A bug has been found in version 11.2.8.3 the board would fail to load, if the grouped by People was enabled . You should Download version 11.2.8.4 of the extension instead

TFS 2013

This version works with TFS 2013 RTM  or Update 2

Download version 12.0.8.3 of the extension

[Update]  A bug has been found in version 11.2.8.4 the board would fail to load, if the Team Members tab was active. You should Download version 12.0.8.4 of the extension instead

Installation

If you are running into this for the first time and you have no idea how to install it, full instructions are provided on Task Board Enhancer page

VSO Enhancer support for the new User Voice Visual Studio Online Integration

 

One of the recent announcements at today’s Teched North America keynote, was a new integration between UserVoice and Visual Studio Online.

This new integration enables the creation of work items associated with uservoice suggestions without having to leave uservoice

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From inside uservoice’s backoffice you can see which suggestions are linked to work items

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Comments on both uservoice and VSO will be synched to the other side

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This integration is still in beta (sorry no direct link, just click on Visual Studio). Visualstudio.com has details how to set up

But this post is mainly not about that integration. It’s about a VSO Enhancer new feature that enables you to easily visualize on work item that are linked to a uservoice suggestion on the Visual Studio Online boards (both kanban and task board) without opening the work item one by one.

If you have a work item on the board that is linked to a uservoice suggestion, you will see on the card (or on the requirement/bug in case of the task board) a little uservoice icon.

 

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Clicking on the icon, will open a new window to the uservoice suggestion on uservoice’s site.

Off course this feature is optional and can be enabled/disabled on a team by team basis.

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Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer: version .8.1 released

 

[Update: 24 March] Found a minor bug in 12.0.8.1 (requirement colors were not being shown) so version 12.0.8.2 has been released (no announcement)

Download version 12.0.8.2 of the extension

New release of Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer

This is a very minor release, it brings a new feature and support for TFS 2013 Update 2 (release candidate)

New Features in this release

Show requirements execution summary

In the taskboard, under your sprint details you can now see a summary of the completed requirements.

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(when I say requirements, it means work items in the requirement category (the first column on the task board). For Example Product Backlog Items for Scrum or User Stories in MSF.

The shown value, is not related to the effort spent on the tasks, but the effort related to the work items in the requirements category.

For example in Scrum it’s the Effort field

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whereas in MSF Agile it’s the Story Points field

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The summary shows how many points (let’s call it that for simplification purposes) have been already completed out of the total points for this sprint.

Support for TFS 2013 Update 2 (release candidate)

Two weeks ago Release Candidate for TFS 2013 was released it is not the final release, but it has a go-live license, which means it is fully supported and you can use it on production environments.

Update 2, introduced some minor internal changes and this release has adapted to them. If you want to use task board enhancer on Update 2, you will need to install this version.

If you were using VSO Enhancer you would need to upgrade anything everything is taken cared automatically, update 2 was supported even before it was released. Smile

Download

TFS 2012 Update 2 and upwards

This version only works on TFS 2012 with update 2 or 3, there is no support for for TFS 2012 (RTM or Update 1) in this release. (you can still use the older version though)

For Update 2 and upwards Download version 11.2.8.1 of the extension

TFS 2013

This version works with TFS 2013 RTM

[Update: 24 March] Found a minor bug in 12.0.8.1 (requirement colors were not being shown) so version 12.0.8.2 has been released (no announcement)

Download version 12.0.8.2 of the extension

Download version 12.0.8.2 of the extension

A pre announcement for…

 

On new years eve, I promised myself it was going to a calm year, so I could finished some stuff I had been working. By the first week of the year I had already committed to so much stuff, I immediately knew it was going to be a not so calm one.

In the meanwhile I was proved wrong, it went from not so calm to crazy status.

I still want to do a proper pre “launch”, but since I have so many things going (really cool stuff, that I can’t talk about Smile), I want to do a pre announcement on something that I have been working on and off for last months.

It is the natural successor of my Task Board Enhancer. It can do everything that task board enhancer can (and a lot more) but for Visual Studio Online (and it can also work against TFS 2013 on premises).

Besides all the features of Task Board Enhancer, it also adds keyboard navigation and adds some tricks to the team home page.

While in Redmond last November, I was moving between buildings for a meeting, when Charles Sterling said “let’s just make a small stop to record an interview”. My meeting was in 15 minutes, so there wasn’t that much time. Adam Cogan did a very quick interview (one shot, no cuts, no editing Smile) where I explained what VSO Enhancer was and some of the features it has.

You can watch the interview on SSW TV to get a quick idea what VSO Enhancer is.

If you want to test, you can head up to VSO Enhancer and install it.

For now there is only a chrome version, that you can get from the Chrome store. I also have an Internet Explorer version, but it lacks an installer so I haven’t released it yet.

Sorry for not having time to make a more thorough post and hope you find VSO Enhancer useful.