A couple years back I wrote a tutorial on how to highlight blocked work items on an Azure DevOps sprint board (here). This post is a similar walkthrough but describes the process for overdue and due soon work items.
Providing a visual highlight for these items is a great way for the development team and product owners to quickly see which work is considered time sensitive and potentially overdue.
Note: These changes do not require any extensions, but they do require project collection administrator access rights to complete.
A little over a year ago I wrote up a tutorial on how to visually highlight blocked work items on a sprint board for Visual Studio Team Services. VSTS re-branded as Azure DevOps soon after I published that post and so some of the UI instructions have changed slightly now. I decided to make a follow up that runs through the exact same procedure but under the newer Azure DevOps re-branded UI.
Visually highlighting blocked work items is great way for developers, PMs, and the product owner to glance at the board to see blockers without having to deep dive into work items or run extra queries. Read on to find out how it’s done.
March 2021 Update: You can also use this technique for highlighting overdue items, tutorial here.
Today we are going to walk through a helpful modification to the Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) process and style templates; with the goal of making it easier to find and visualize blocked work.
Note: This post was written right before VSTS re-branded as Azure DevOps. For new instructions for Azure DevOps, visit this link: https://keithbabinec.com/2019/10/08/how-to-visually-highlight-blocked-work-items-on-an-azure-devops-sprint-board/