Agile teams can customize Team Web Access (TWA) to support their business process requirements or team preferences. For example, you can add fields to the quick add panel on a backlog page and then change the columns and column sequence.
Quick add panel with Business Value field added
Some customizations can be done through the user interface. Others require editing process configuration or other team project objects.
Use TWA to make the following customizations for your team:
Edit process configuration, according to the steps outlined later in this topic, to make the following customizations that apply for all teams in the team project:
Add fields to the quick add panel for a backlog page.
Change the default columns and column sequence on a backlog page.
Change the weekend days used in capacity planning and burndown charts.
Change the number of work items that can appear on the task board.
Change the color assignments to work item types.
Change a field used in one of the tools or charts.
Map workflow states to metastates.
To make the following customizations, which also apply to all teams in a team project, see the corresponding topics:
To edit process configuration, you export, edit, and then import the process configuration file.
To edit process configuration
If you don't have administration permissions for your team project, get them.
Open a Command Prompt window where either Visual Studio or Team Explorer is installed and enter:
cd %programfiles%\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE
On a 64-bit edition of Windows, replace %programfiles% with %programfiles(x86)%. You can download Team Explorer for free.
Export the process configuration file.
witadmin exportprocessconfig /collection:CollectionURL /p:ProjectName /f:"DirectoryPath/ProcessConfiguration.xml"
An example of a CollectionURL is http://MyServer:8080/tfs/TeamProjectCollectionName.
For more information about using witadmin, see Import and export process configuration [witadmin].
Edit the file. For details, see Process configuration XML element reference.
Import the process configuration file.
witadmin importprocessconfig /collection:CollectionURL /p:ProjectName /f:"DirectoryPath/ProcessConfiguration.xml"
Open TWA in a browser to view the changes. If it is already open, refresh the page.
A: At this time, the limit of 20 items in the first and last column is preset. You can set the number of items in each of the intermediate columns to whatever you want. This work-in-progress number is for display purposes only. It doesn’t limit the number of items within the column. It only alerts you when the number of items exceeds the number you set.
A: To limit the display load time to acceptable parameters, the task board is restricted to a maximum of 500 work items. You can change this limit by specifying a value for the workItemCountLimit attribute of the TaskBacklog element.
<TaskBacklog category="Microsoft.TaskCategory" pluralName="Tasks" singularName="Task" workItemCountLimit="300" >
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A: You can create Feature work items, however, to view and work with portfolio backlogs requires that you have Full access.