DevOps is the set of practices that enable continuous delivery and value to the developer and the end-user. It provides a lot of features that help in the proper development and tracking that fulfils the requirements of the client.
1. Azure Boards:
2. Azure Repos:
3. Azure Pipelines:
4. Azure Artifacts:
5. Azure Test Plans:
Azure Boards enables the team to organize their work items and track its progress. We can add/edit the work items and keep the track of its stages. It also provides an interface to log all the bugs encountered during testing process and manage accordingly.
What is work item?
Work items are like GitHub issues. They can track the features and requirements which are being developed, code defects or bugs, and keep tabs on other tasks too.
Work item stages:
A work item goes through various stages as mentioned above:
Boards and Kanban:
Use of Kanban boards provide a visual interactive space for the team to plan and track the progress. A team can see, which work is assigned to whom and, able to see the status of work items defined by its status. Board presents work items as cards which can be easily managed by drag and drop option through section.
As you can see in the above picture, the work item is created with name “My Preference” and assigned to “Prince Kumar” and state is “To-do” which is not started yet.
And just above the recently created work item card, “new item” option is available to create a new work item.
The discussion section enables collaboration with team members of same project. If something important is tagged along work items, then discussion section can be useful to get views and response on that work item from teams easily.
In the above picture you can see discussion section which can be used to give comments and opinions on the specific work item which is limited to the team members only.
Backlogs present work item as list where one can see the progress and plan accordingly.
In this view you can see work items as a list with their respective state and types.
This tool helps in implementing scrum practice and with scrum one can plan and monitor sprint. Scrum method follows iteration path in which a team targets specific amount of task to be completed in certain period, that manage time and avoid deadlines.
In this view you can see all the work items divided into sprints, in above picture currently sprint 3 is selected.
How to use Azure Boards?
Start free: choose this option if you have existing Microsoft account and signup by filling details.
Start free with GitHub: choose this option if you have existing GitHub account and sign up by filling the details.
Create work items and view in boards view or sprint
Now you are all set to use the Azure boards.
Azure DevOps is generally utilized in software developing process which has lot of features and an interface to manage and track development activities. Azure board is a user-friendly interface that enables users to create work item easily. It brings transparency as you can track the stage of work items. Teams need tools that gives flexibility and transparency. It offers rich set of capabilities including customizable dashboards, scrum and Kanban, and integrated reporting.
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