Create or add a team

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As your organization grows, you add teams to support that growth. You create a team in Azure DevOps that corresponds to a group of project members focused on specific products, services, or feature areas. You add teams to provide them the tools they need to manage their backlog, plan sprints, configure dashboards, define alerts, and set team favorites.

Each new project is configured with a default team with the project name. For example, the project named Fabrikam Fiber is configured with the default team Fabrikam Fiber Team. You can rename the default team and you can reassign a new team as the default.

For a good understanding on how to remain Agile as you add teams, review Scale Agile to Large Teams. For more information about team-configurable tools, see About teams and Agile tools.

Note

This article describes how to add a team or team members to a project defined in Azure DevOps. To learn about Microsoft Teams or the integration of Microsoft Teams with Azure Boards, see Welcome to Microsoft Teams or Use the Azure Boards app in Microsoft Teams.

Use this article to learn how to perform the following tasks:

  • Create a team and add team administrators and team members
  • Set the default team for a project
  • List teams using Azure CLI
  • Grant additional permissions to teams
  • Create a team and add team administrators and team members
  • Set the default team for a project
  • Grant additional permissions to teams

To move work items assigned to one team to another team, see Move work items from one team to another.

Prerequisites

  • To create a team or set the default team, you must be a member of the Project Administrators group. See Change project-level permissions. Only members of the Project Administrators group can add and delete teams.
  • To add members to a team or change its configuration, you must be a team administrator or member of the Project Administrators group. To get added as a team administrator, see Add or remove a team administrator.
  • To use Azure CLI commands, you must first install Azure CLI as described in Get started with Azure DevOps CLI.
  • To create a team or set the default team, you must be a member of the Project Administrators group. See Change project-level permissions. Only members of the Project Administrators group can add and delete teams.
  • To add members to a team or change its configuration, you must be a team administrator or member of the Project Administrators group. To get added as a team administrator, see Add or remove a team administrator.

Create a team and add team members

From your web browser, you can view, create, and configure teams. Only members of the Project Administrators group can create teams.

Note

When you create a team, you can automatically create the Area Path the team will use as a child node of the main project node. If you plan on creating a hierarchical team structure, you may want to first define the Area Paths at the project level, then create your teams, and then assign the Area Path(s) to be used by each team. To learn more about this team structure, see Configure a hierarchy of teams.

From the Azure CLI tool, you can list teams, create a team, update a team configuration, and delete a team.

Note

To enable the new user interface for managing teams, enable the New Teams Page from the Preview features tool. To learn how, see Manage or enable features.

  1. From the web portal, choose Project settings and open Teams.

    Screenshot of Open Project settings, and then Teams buttons on New Teams page.

  2. Choose New team.

    Screenshot of choose New Team button, New Teams preview feature enabled.

  3. Enter a team name and the names of project members who you want to assign to the team. Optionally, enter a description. You must add at least one name as a team Administrator. Select Create an area path with the name of the team, or leave it unchecked and assign the Area Path for the team after it's created. You can choose an existing area path or add a new one at that time.

    Screenshot of Create a new team dialog, New Teams preview feature enabled.

    Note

    Consider adding one or more users as team administrators. Team administrators have the necessary permissions to add team members and configure all team settings—including backlogs, Kanban boards, and Taskboards. To learn more, see Manage and configure team tools.

  4. When finished, select Create.

  5. Select the team to add a team image, or configure other team elements.

  6. Choose Settings to upload an image, change the team name, add a team administrator, or delete the team.

    Screenshot of Team Settings dialog, New Teams preview feature enabled.

  7. Choose Save to save any changes you made.

  8. Choose Iterations and areas to set the Area Paths and Iteration Paths for the team to use.

    Screenshot of team settings, Iterations and areas highlighted, New Teams preview feature enabled.

    To learn how, see the following articles:
    - Define area paths and assign to a team
    - Define iteration paths, also known as sprints, and configure team iterations.

Choose the Current UI tab. The New Teams Page UI is only available for Azure DevOps Services.

Upon creation of a team, the following items are automatically configured:

  • Security group with the team name containing the members assigned to the team, for example, [Fabrikam Fiber]\Production Planning. You can use this name to filter queries or to @mention all members of the team.
  • Default notifications assigned to the team. To learn more, see Manage notifications for a team, project, or organization.
  • Default dashboard named Overview assigned to the team. To configure the dashboard, see Add widgets to a dashboard.

Important

Configuring the Area Paths and Iteration Paths used by the team is essential for many of the Azure Board tools to work, such as Backlogs, Boards, Sprints, and Delivery Plans. Team tools aren't available until the team's default area path is set. Area Paths and Iteration Paths are first configured for the project and then assigned or selected by the team.

If you are moving from one team to two or more teams, you may want to review and revise the Area Paths assigned to the default project team.

To configure other team features, see Manage teams and configure team tools.

Set the default project team

Each project has a default team assigned. You can change which project is assigned as the default with the following procedures.

  1. Open Project settings > Teams as indicated in the previous section.

  2. Choose More options for the team you want to designate as the default, and choose Set team as project default.

    Screenshot of Teams page, More options menu selection, New Teams Page enabled.

Choose the Current UI tab. The New Teams Page UI is only available for Azure DevOps Services.

List teams with Azure CLI

You can list teams using Azure DevOps team list. To learn how to list team members, see Add users to a team or project, List team members.

az devops team list [--project]
                    [--skip]
                    [--top]

Tip

If you don't specify a top number, 100 teams are returned. To list all teams in a project, specify a number for top which is greater than the current number of teams defined.

Parameters

  • project: Optional. Name or ID of the project. Example: --project "Fabrikam Fiber". You can configure the default project using az devops configure -d project=NAME_OR_ID. Required if not configured as default or picked up via git config.
  • skip: Optional. Number of teams to skip.
  • top: Optional. Maximum number of teams to return.

Example

For example, the following command returns the 11 teams defined in the Fabrikam Fiber project. For addition output formats, see Output formats for Azure CLI commands.

Each team is assigned a unique ID.

az devops team list --project "Fabrikam Fiber" --output table

The table output listed below provides information on each of the attributes defined for the team.

ID                                    Name                Description
------------------------------------  ------------------  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
7f099146-29a2-4798-9949-77c9f5f79653  Account Management  Management team focused on creating and maintaining customer services
2017b37a-486b-4222-ac84-b8b9eefa540e  Customer Profile    Feature team focused on securing account data
a90cd8f0-8e0d-42d6-aeb2-13442b826730  Email               Feature team delivering email apps
a48cb46f-7366-4f4b-baf5-b3632398ed1e  Fabrikam Team       The default project team. Was Fabrikam Fiber Team
e42fccbc-d96f-4c98-8168-7a85ecede548  Internet            Feature team developing web apps
b70aa504-33b4-4d17-a85d-0fbf4829a154  Phone               Feature team delivering phone apps
43e6bd2e-696f-492c-bbf7-9cde9cd420ea  Service Delivery    Management team responsible for ensure high performance delivery of services
8920d2ec-eed1-4792-8934-82a57abce7c2  Service Status      Feature team focused on monitoring and addressing service issues
9c676c8c-1910-4f73-b7b9-a946b5c551ae  Shopping Cart       Feature team managing shopping cart apps
64b86488-e105-4901-ba43-ffd48137bb93  TV                  Feature team developing TV apps
cda2b9b0-0335-4a0d-8bd0-67611d64ce9d  Voice               Feature team focused on voice communications

Grant team members additional permissions

For teams to work autonomously, you may want to provide them with permissions that they don't have by default. Suggested tasks include providing team administrators or team leads permissions to:

For more information on setting permissions and access for select users, see Set permissions and access for work tracking.

If your deployment is integrated with SQL Server Reports, you need to Grant permissions to view or create SQL Server reports to team members.

Next steps

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