Issue Properties

When defining an issue there are many pieces of information you may want or need to enter to capture the essence of the problem and provide the detail necessary for a team member to begin work towards a resolution. The editing options available on this screen depend on your permissions in the project.

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Name: This is a quick way to reference the issue, which ideally will provide a brief summary of the problem in question.


ID: This is the TeamPulse numeric identifier for the issue. This number is system generated and is not editable.


Tags: Tags allow you to label your issues with common terms. Tags are unique to a project and are shared among all the stories, bugs, risks, and issues. Creating a tag is as easy as typing a name and hitting enter. Existing tags can be selected using the drop down or by typing and using the auto-complete ability. Tags can be removed by clicking the small 'x' beside the tag name. If a removed tag is not referenced by any other item within the project, the tag will also be removed from the list of available tags.  


Description: You can enter the basic details of the issue in the description field. This is a rich text field that allows for very descriptive formatting to be applied and help to describe the issue. The description area can be enlarged to provide more screen real estate for enhanced entry or viewing.


Blocking: An issue can be marked as Blocking to indicate that it may prevent or is already preventing other work from being completed. An issue marked as blocking will acquire a special icon as well as be highlighted in red throughout the system.


Assessed: An issue can be marked as Assessed to indicate that it is ready to be assigned to team members for working toward resolution. For more information on the process of assessment please view the Issue Assessment documentation.


Assigned To: This is the member of the team actively working on the issue. For more information on assignment workflows please view the Issue Assignment documentation.


Status: Status indicates where your issue is on the way to getting resolved. When you created your project you selected a project template; this template defines the different statuses your issue can have. For example, the default Scrum project template has the following statuses your issue can be in: Open and Closed.


Estimate: Represents the size of the issue. Some teams may use Story Points to represent size, whereas other teams may represent the size of a risk in hours, days, or weeks estimated to resolve the problem. We have made no assumptions regarding the unit of work for this field.


Priority: This is a value that you can use to help prioritize the issue in relation to other issues. Most templates define accepted values of 1, 2, 3, and 4, however these are configurable via the project template advanced settings XML.


Severity: This value can be used to indicate the impact this issue has on the project, and can also be used to help prioritize the issue in relation to other issues. Most templates define accepted values ranging from Low to Critical or Blocking, but these are all configurable via the project template advanced settings XML.


Notify me when others change this item:  If the notification system has been enabled and correctly configured, this check box will allow individual users to request email notifications when this issue has been updated. The value displayed here is relative to the user currently viewing the issue. You will not be notified if you are the only person who has changed the issue even if you have asked to be notified.


Sync with TFS:  If the project has been connected to a TFS project, this check box will mark this item as included in or excluded from the synchronization process.  To immediately sync this issue, click the Sync item now button.  For more information about TFS synchronization see Synchronization


Area: Areas can be very helpful for managing issues. You can create an area and assign similar issues to it.  


Iteration: The iteration dropdown shows you to what iteration the issue is assigned for resolution.


Benefit: This is a rich text field that can be used to describe the benefit the project will incur by resolving the issue in question.

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Resolution: This is a rich text field that can be used to fully describe the actions taken to resolve the issue.

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Tasks: Before the issue is resolved there are certain steps that need to happen. The easiest way is to track those steps as tasks. That will allow you to assign different task to different project members.

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Visit Task Management page for more detailed information regarding tasks.


Related Stories: This area can be used to link the issue to stories within the TeamPulse system. This can be useful for understanding which stories are impacted by a specific issue.

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Attachments: Using the attachments tab you can attach files to your issue.  After a file is attached it can also be downloaded or streamed to the browser using the grid.

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Links: Use the links tab to add links to external content.  Clicking the 'open' button in the grid will open the link in a new window.

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