The Visual Studio 2005 Process Editor (WIT changes part 2)

October 29, 2007

In part one I discussed the value of the process editor and the installation of the Power Tools download.

In this second part I wanted to show the capabilities of the process editor itself.

Once the Power Tools are installed, Visual Studio 2005 has some new integrated menu options available.
When in Team Explorer the “Team” menu now has an extra option available for “Process Editor”:

Process Editor - Menu

The first item in the list facilitates opening and working on a local process template.
These process templates can be downloaded from the Team Server by using the existing “Process Template Manager” on the Team -> Team Foundation Server settings menu option.

The second menu item is the one used to make the changes on the work item and the options are:

  • Open WIT from server
  • Open WIT from file
  • Import WIT
  • Export WIT

This is where automation of the witexport and witimport command line process comes in -from the process editor I can now do all of my work item changes and upload them to the server project using this handy tool.

The third option is for Global Lists allowing storage of listitem values for the whole team to use on work item fields.
The options are the same as for WITs – open from server/file, import and export.

The final option to explore is the fourth in the list – Work Item Field Explorer.
With this I can connect to the server and explore all available fields, including the customised ones.

That’s it – a brief exploration of the process editor.
In the third part of this post series, I will look at making the changes and uploading them to the server.


One comment

  1. I’m eager for part 3! I am trying to figure out how to enable the “add” button in Process Editor–>Work Item Field Explorer, where you click on a field name and on the Allowed Values “Collections” elipsis. (For example, on SYSTEM.State. There are 28 members in the allowed values collection, and a grayed-out “add” button. Even on my own field, Myfields.newfield1, the “add” is disabled. Thanks!

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