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Professional Team Foundation Server 2013 by Grant Holliday, Martin Woodward, Ed Blankenship, Damian Brady, Steven St. Jean

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Chapter 13Customizing Process Templates

What's in this chapter?

  • Understanding the artifacts contained in a process template
  • Using the Process Template Editor
  • Learning about custom work item controls
  • Deploying custom work item controls to client machines

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Although Team Foundation Server contains several great out-of-the-box process templates, and several quality third-party process templates exist in the supporting ecosystem, you may find the need to customize the process template in a multitude of different ways. Tools are available for editing the artifacts necessary for customizing a team project's process template.

This chapter introduces you to these tools and the different types of customizations available. You will also learn how to easily deploy changes to work item type definitions through the use of the automated build system in Team Foundation Server.

It is important to note that customizable process templates are currently enabled only for the on-premises Team Foundation Server product and not for the hosted Visual Studio Online offering at the time of this writing. It may be something that is enabled in the future but until then, customers using the Visual Studio Online are not able to customize their ...

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