Thanks to my fellow Visual Studio ALM MVP Colin Dembovsky for building the “One Work Item” check-in policy that I was always too lazy to build.


Judging by the title, it may sound like one of the other work item related check-in policies provided by Microsoft, but this one is different. It allows the team to select the type of work item required to be associated with a check-in, as well as the count (exactly 1 or at least 1).


For shu-level teams new to using the traceability features in Team Foundation Server, I recommend being “chatty” with their check-ins, rather than “chunky”. In other words, as a developer works on tasks throughout the day, he or she should check-in against the related task as needed, rather than at the end of the day (or the week) against several task work items.

You can download this check-in policy, along with other useful ones that Colin has built, at the Visual Studio Gallery for Visual Studio 2012 or Visual Studio 2013.


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