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How To Create Mermaid Diagrams in Azure DevOps Service

When documenting your software project, have you ever resorted to putting flowcharts, sequence diagrams, or Gantt Charts into external documents, like a Word document? This creates a challenge when you need to link a Work Item or even to a WIKI page to those diagrams in that external documentation. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just create, edit, and manage the diagrams and charts directly in the WIKI page itself? Well, now you can! Azure…

Tracking Progress with Rollup Columns in Azure DevOps

Previously in Azure DevOps, it has been a bit cumbersome to track the progress of parent Work Items in the Azure Boards backlog view. But now, with the introduction of Rollup Columns, you can visually see which items are being worked on and how close they are to being completed. We read about them in Microsoft Azure DevOps Sprint 157 release notes, but the notes did not provide information on how to see them. In…

2 Simple Steps to Optimize DevOps

The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, famously said that “every company is a software company.” When you’re looking to improve your organization’s ability to develop and deliver valuable software, pivot when necessary, and beat competitors to market, then you must plan smarter, collaborate better, and ship software faster than ever before. And to do this, you need solid DevOps best practices and tools within your organization. Here are two simple steps to take your DevOps…

Work Item Parent Column in Azure DevOps

One highly requested, yet simple, feature that has recently been added to Azure DevOps Services is the Work Item Parent Column feature. With this feature, you can now add a column to show the parent of a Work Item in a flat list DevOps query and in your product backlog or sprint backlog. This seems simple, but this missing feature has caused a lot of frustration for Azure DevOps users over the years. In this…

Work Item Live Reload in Azure DevOps

Previously in Azure DevOps, if two team members were updating the exact same Work Item at the exact same time, the team member who clicked “Save” last would lose their changes. This can be very annoying and frustrating, especially when team members are trying to work concurrently to maximize their productivity. Introducing Azure DevOps’ new Work Item Live Reload feature. Now each team member will see live updates of any Work Item changes made by…

DevOps Defined in 3 Simple Sentences

Many of us are already familiar with the general concept of DevOps . But when asked by someone unfamiliar with DevOps, “What exactly is DevOps?”, it can be very tough to succinctly explain. In the latest Azure DevOps update video, Microsoft provides the perfect definition of DevOps in 3 simple sentences (jump to 02:45 in the video down below): “Think of DevOps as one continuous motion, where you plan, build, deploy, and operate your apps….

How to Run .NET Core Selenium Tests in Azure DevOps

If you’re interested in running .NET Core Selenium Tests in Azure DevOps, then you’ve come to the right place. In my newest video, I will provide a detailed walk-through that will demonstrate step-by-step how run your .NET Core tests – specifically Selenium tests – using both Visual Studio and Azure DevOps. And as always, if you need any help with Azure DevOps, just know that Imaginet is here to help. Our Imaginet Certified DevOps and…

How to Use the Azure DevOps REST API with PowerShell

Using PowerShell to call the Azure DevOps REST API is simple, yet very powerful. In my newest video, I will provide a detailed walk-through and demo of how to use the Azure DevOps REST API with PowerShell. In addition, here are handy links to some of the references I mention in the video: Azure DevOps Services REST API Reference: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/azure/devops/?view=azure-devops-rest-5.0 Best Practices for Working with URLs in Azure DevOps Extensions and Integrations: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/extend/develop/work-with-urls?view=vsts&tabs=http Gist to…

Now Available: Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC2

If you are using Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1 or a previous version of Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS), you can now upgrade to Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC2. Newly released from Microsoft this week, this new Release Candidate includes some new features to make your self-hosted Azure DevOps Server experience more streamlined for your team. With Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC2, you can now: Integrate your GitHub Enterprise repositories with your Azure boards Configure…

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