TFS 2010 Work Item Link Types

27/02/2010

TFS 2010 Work Item Link Types

Couple of post before I talked about the new Links available in Team System 2010 – VSTS 2010 – Work Item Relations (Visual).

Here is more details on Link Types in Team System 2010.

Network: You can use network links to create basic relationships between work items that are non-restrictive. The link is the same at both end points. Circular relationships are allowed.

Example usage: Use a network link, such as Related, to record a relationship between two features that might share dependencies.

Topology of Network Links

Directed Network: You can use directed network links to create relationships between work items that indicate directionality. The link name is different at the end points. Circular relationships are allowed.

Example usage: Use a directed network link to record a relationship between two features that might share dependencies and which you want to distinguish from each other in some way.

Topology of Directed Network Links

Dependency: You can use dependency links to create relationships between work items that have directionality and to restrict circular relationships. The link name is different at the end points.

In the illustration, you cannot create a dependent link to a work item that contains dependent link relationships to the same work items.

Example usage: Use a dependency link to record the features that must be completed to deliver a user requirement.

Topology of Dependency Links

Tree: You can use tree links to create multi-level hierarchical relationships among work items. Tree links support multi-level hierarchical views, have directionality, and restrict circular relationships. The link name is different at the end points. Tree links are the only type of link that is supported by the Tree of Work Items query.

In the illustration, you cannot assign two parents to a child.

Example usage: Use a tree link to record tasks and subtasks from your team that must be completed to deliver a feature.

Topology of Tree Links
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3 comments

  1. Steve Balmer27/02/2010 ב 21:12

    Stop talkin about my secret win 7 phone!

  2. John16/06/2011 ב 12:50

    Hi Shai.

    Do you know if it is possible to restrict the relationships between WIT’s using a custom link type – eg. to make sure that a Bug cannot be parent to a User Story?

    Thanks.

    /John

  3. shair18/06/2011 ב 17:51

    Hi John,
    You can’t, only through Server side manipulation.
    Thanks