New Work Item State on TFS Kanban Board

Continuing our Quest we currently have the states To Do, In Progress and Done. We need to add another for when it goes into testing so we will call that Boss Battle.

Firstly we need to add the new state to the work item type. Export the Quest work item type:

witadmin exportwitd /collection:http://vsalm:8080/tfs/FabrikamFiberCollection /p:FabrikamFiber /n:Quest /f:%userprofile%\desktop\QuestWitd.xml

Add a new state under witd > WORKITEMTYPE > WORKFLOW > STATES:

<STATE value="Boss Battle"/>

Modify the transitions to go through the new state:

<TRANSITION from="In Progress" to="Done">
<TRANSITION from="In Progress" to="Boss Battle">

<TRANSITION from="Done" to="In Progress">
<TRANSITION from="Done" to="Boss Battle">

In practice you might want to add more transitions around the state. This is much easier using the TFS Power Tools Process Template Editor. This will now have the workflow in place with the new state, but when that state is selected the work item will not appear on the board.

Export the process configuration definition:

witadmin exportprocessconfig /collection:http://vsalm:8080/tfs/FabrikamFiberCollection /p:FabrikamFiber /f:%userprofile%\desktop\ProcessConfiguration.xml

Under the TaskBacklog add a new InProgress state:

<States>
  <State type="Proposed" value="To Do" />
  <State type="InProgress" value="In Progress" />
  <State type="InProgress" value="Boss Battle" />
  <State type="Complete" value="Done" />
</States>

Import the process configuration definition:

witadmin importprocessconfig /collection:http://vsalm:8080/tfs/FabrikamFiberCollection /p:FabrikamFiber /f:%userprofile%\desktop\ProcessConfiguration.xml

You now have a new column on your iteration board:

New Column on Board

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