Manage issues or impediments

VSTS | TFS 2018 | TFS 2017 | TFS 2015 | TFS 2013

If you have known issues you want to track, you can do so by defining an impediment (Scrum) or issue (Agile or CMMI). Impediments and issues represent unplanned activities. Resolving them requires more work beyond what's tracked for actual requirements. Using the impediment work item type helps you track and manage these issues until you can resolve and close them.

Don't confuse impediments with bugs. You track impediments that may cause problems with delivering one or more requirements. For example, you may have to address feature ambiguity, personnel or resource issues, problems with environments, or other risks that impact scope, quality, or schedule. Other issues that deserve tracking are decisions that require several stakeholders or product teams to weigh in on.

In this topic you'll learn:

  • How to capture issues or impediments as a work item

Add an issue or impediment

VSTS | TFS 2017 (new form enabled)

From the Work hub, choose Impediment from the New Work Item list of options. Click the pin icon pin icon to have it show up within the Work hub drop down menu.

VSTS, TFS 2017 - Add an impediment

Or, from the Queries page, you can add a new work item.

Create a new impediment

TFS 2015 | TFS 2013 (old web form)

From the Queries page, choose Impediment from the New drop down menu.

TFS 2015, TFS 2013 - Add an impediment

Impediments and issues don't appear on your backlog. Instead, you track them using queries. If you want them to appear on your backlog, or you want to track other work item types on your backlog, see these topics for details: