This post is the Fifth post out of Five that builds the TFS 2010 Work Items Basic Guide. See the first post: “TFS 2010 Work Items Basic User Guide – Introduction”
I have already published regarding the creation of new Work Items: “TFS 2010 Work Items Basic User Guide – Create New Work Items”, about the Work Item Links: “TFS 2010 Work Items Basic User Guide – Work Item Link Types” and about creating and using queries: “TFS 2010 Work Items Basic User Guide – Create And Use Queries”
On this post I will talk about creating Work Items out of existing work items.
Creating Work Items out of existing Work Items can be done in two ways:
- Create a copy of the existing Work Item
- Create a related Work Item to the Existing Work Item
To create a copy do the following:
Step 1: Open the existing Work Item and Click on the “Copy Work Item” button.
In the screenshot you can see the existing Work Item.
Step 2: Choose the target Team Project and the Work Item Type.
You can choose any Work Item Type you like, I have chosen the same type “Requirement”.
What you will now have is a copy of the source Work Item, in case you will choose to create a different Work Item Type from the source Work Item Type only the sheared fields will be filled.
In the Links tab of the new Work Item you will see a link to the source Work Item.
When saving your new Work Item you will get cross links, there will be a link from the source Work Item to the new Work Item and vice versa.
Many times you will need to create Work Items that are similar, using the copy Work Item option saves a lot of Copy/Pastes and time.
To create a related Work Item do the following:
Step 1: Open the existing Work Item and Click on the “New Linked Work Item…” button.
Step 2: Choose the type of the link the Work Item Type type the Work Item title and click the OK button.
A new work item is now created that will be linked to the Existing Work Item, the link type is the one you have chosen in step 2.
All you got left to do is “Save” the new Work Item.
That was the last post in the “TFS 2010 Work Items Basic User Guide”, it is not an easy work writing it so I will really appreciate your comments (Good or Bad) on it.