Triage work items

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Using a work item query you can quickly review and update work items. Oftentimes team use the triage mode for a query to perform the following tasks:

  • Set the priority of a bug or work item
  • Assign a work item to a sprint or team member
  • Add details to the description, acceptance criteria, or repo steps
  • Link related work items
  • Update the status of work items

In this topic you'll learn how to:

  • Use triage query mode to update a list of work items
  • Bulk save work items that you've updated

Prerequisites

  • You must connect to a project. If you don't have a project yet, create one in VSTS.
  • You must be a member of the Contributors group or be granted Stakeholder access to add or modify work items. Or, you must have your View work items in this node, and your Edit work items in this node permissions set to Allow.
  • If you haven't been added to a project or team, get added now.

To learn more, see Set permissions and access for work tracking.

  • You must connect to a project. If you don't have a project yet, create one in an on-premises TFS.
  • You must be a member of the Contributors group or be granted Stakeholder access to add or modify work items. Or, you must have your View work items in this node, and your Edit work items in this node permissions set to Allow.
  • If you haven't been added to a project or team, get added now.

To learn more, see Set permissions and access for work tracking.

Open Queries

Note

Choose Previous navigation when you see a top-level blue bar. Choose New navigation if you see a vertical sidebar or if you enabled the New Navigation preview feature. The vertical sidebar, along with other navigational features, is enabled when the New Navigation preview feature has been enabled for the signed-in user or the VSTS organization. To learn how to use the web portal effectively, see Navigation Basics.

For on-premises TFS users, choose Previous Navigation for guidance.

From your web browser, (1) check that you have selected the right project, (2) choose Work>Queries, and then (3) choose All.

Open Work>Queries, vertical nav

If it is your first time opening Work, the page opens to Favorites which lists all queries you have favorited. Otherwise, you can choose All to view all queries you've defined and shared queries defined for the project.

Tip

Queries you or your team have favorited show up on the Favorites page. Queries you have favorited along with other objects also appear on your Project page. To learn more, see Set personal or team favorites.

New navigation isn't supported on TFS at this time. Choose Previous navigation for guidance.

The buttons to move up or down within the query results list are outside the work item form. Click Bottom to cycle through the choices for where the work item form appears: Bottom, Right, or Off.

Web portal, choose Work>Queries

The buttons to move up or down within the query results list are inside the work item form. Click Bottom to cycle through the choices for where the work item form appears: Bottom, Right, or Off.

Triage query results

Save bulk changes made to work items

You can update several work items through the triage process, and then do a bulk save when you're finished. Work items shown in bold text indicate that local changes have not yet been saved to the data store.

Choose Save items to save all work items you've modified.

Choose Save work items to save all modified work items

Choose the double-save-icon double-save icon to save all work items you've modified.

VSTS and TFS 2017, Query results page, save bulk modified items