TFS Room for Improvement

Derek Deida Evermore
AVP, DevOps Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Not all of the functionality, which is exposed by the command line interface (tf.exe) is available in the Visual Studio GUI. New files/folders added to a branch are not automatically picked up as merge candidates requiring merges to be performed at a higher folder level (annoyance). A broader view of the system-wide TFVC permissions would be beneficial. Since the security model is so granular, it makes it difficult to pull effective permissions for everything in TFVC into a single report. View full review »
QA IV with 501-1,000 employees
It is completely different than other test management tools. I would highly recommend giving training and brainstorming sessions for the employees before anybody starts to use it in an organization. Otherwise, it is hard for them to work with it. In my current company, I face that situation. They introduced this tool without providing them any training or brainstorming sessions and many of them are not able to use it properly. It creates a lot of confusion. TFS and MTM have their own style of working and they are different from other tools like Jira or TestRail, which are simpler and easy to use. View full review »
Automation Specialist Team Lead at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Basic, manual testing should not be only available at the most expensive pricing level. We use many different resources during the testing process, some users only create the test cases, some only execute test cases, and some do both. Access and permissions are confusing when attempting to include basic manual testing functionalities. For instance, a user who has contributor and project admin access can end up with no ability to create a test case due to permission level. All users doing any type of test authoring, execution, failure triage or reporting must have the costly advanced permission level. The ability to export test cases with test steps from TFS to excel, the ability to sync excel changes back to TFS or upload existing excel test cases into TFS. Getting existing test cases in other application lifecycle software into TFS is a finicky, time-consuming process relying on cut and paste functionality. The ability to see a hierarchical view of user stories with child test cases and the test cases bugs in the backlog View full review »
Senior System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
TFS on-premise does not support integration with SharePoint Online. If you integrate it with the SharePoint on-premise upgrade, it can be quite challenging. View full review »
TFS Admin, Configuration Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I think the integration with SharePoint. Microsoft should discontinue the use of SharePoint as I don’t really see any value add to TFS, document management features can be included in TFS web portal itself, if required! View full review »
QA Manager, Automation Testing Architect at a recruiting/HR firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Test automation: There is only integration with the MS framework which requires us to use only a certain configured infrastructure. Even MS is changing this approach as integration should be done on your own (publishing test execution results into TFS). * Process customization: This is evolving but it is still far behind the competitors such as JIRA WI management, HPE ALM with events model and ability to manage all aspects of integration including VersionOne integration with multiple APIs. * Scaling for large organizations: There is no predefined approach for handling different types of projects. You need to build out your own way using community suggestions and your implementation resources. There are limited scaling strategies for large organizations with more than 300 users. View full review »
Software Development Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Agile metrics/reporting (if you compare it to JIRA's functionality), as well as more/better customizable widgets to create richer dashboards. I would really like to be able to see things such as cycle and lead times for issues, as well as be able to see the cumulative flow diagram on a dashboard. We use the on-premise version of TFS, and I see that the cycle and lead time widgets are only available on the Team Services version. I must admit that I don't like the fact that the on-premise versions are always behind the Team Services version. Do you maybe have an indication of when we can expect to have these widgets available in the on-premise version? View full review »
Pothuraju Katta
SVP Development Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Adding more canned reports to allow querying and reporting data export to Excel etc., which would help management with their reports. View full review »
Development Manager at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
The product is mature. We use it as our primary on-premise source control for both Git and TFVC allowing the flexibility for different delivery team to use different source control that best suits them. View full review »
Chaminda Chandrasekara
Software Architect with 501-1,000 employees
Third party integrations could be improved to make it more flexible and easy to use with other platforms. View full review »
Senior Developer
* Local branching * Move folders using drag & drop * Better resolve for merging the conflicts tool. View full review »
Ramesh Karanam
Microsoft and Dev-ops Architect at Mphasis
* Customization of build templates - better tools * Tracking * More friendly on test lab setup (TFS 2013, I did not verify on TFS 2017). * More user-friendly on SharePoint integration (TFS 2013, I did not verify on TFS 2017). View full review »
Ramesh Karanam
Microsoft and Dev-ops Architect at Mphasis
1. Customization of build templates - better tools. 2. Tracking 3. More friendly Test Lab setup (in TFS 2013; I didn't verify in TFS 2017). 4. More user-friendly on SharePoint integration (in TFS 2013; I didn't verify in TFS 2017). View full review »
Namitha BM
Sr. Quality Engineering Manager with 51-200 employees
Since it is Microsoft, it is technology agnostic, thus it does not really fit into various different technologies in the organization. We are also using Microsoft Teams. The two products function separately. There is not enough collaboration between Microsoft Teams and TFS. View full review »
Valentino Lopez
The security model could be more granular. View full review »
Senior programming analyst at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Right now they are up to standard. All the features that we needed are included currently in TFS, including Git repository which allows our developers to perform their code-testing without impacting by uploading the latest code in TFS. It fits all of our needs. View full review »
Abhishek Ransingh
Senior Microservice/Cloud Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
It needs huge improvement on its Agile functionality. View full review »
Hemkumar Thiruvarangam
Technology Expert at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Every sprint Microsoft has planned for new releases includes fixing both the bugs and attuning the product to the customers' needs. If there is a need of new feature which needs to be updated in the forum and based on the voting the feature will be implemented. View full review »
Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I think the testing tools need some work. View full review »
Stephen Olner
Server Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The product needs to stay competitive with its peers like Github, and the adoption of other markup language renderings in the code section of TFS. View full review »
QA Automation Engineer
The record and play functionality needs some improvement. The record and play is tricky. In order to make it work for you, you need to do some workarounds. For instance, I use the Run application of the Windows. You need to use it properly. View full review »
IT Manager 2, Data Mgmt Tools at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Test case management could be improved. View full review »
Software Test Consultant / Automation Test Architect at a tech services company
For VSTS, more flexibility around the customisation of test reports. View full review »
Arthur Alonso
DevOps Manager with 5,001-10,000 employees
For our activities, the product is very complete. Automatic tests may need some improvements. View full review »
Archana Agarwal
Sr Project Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Help on the site should be improved. View full review »
Gireesh Subramonian
Assistant Manager Business Analyst at Ernst & Young
More options could be provided from the perspective of requirements management, which would help product owners to use the tool effectively. View full review »
Mohamed Sadek
Lead DevOps and Release Engineer-L2 at ITWORX
The dashboard needs more enhancements. View full review »

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