Diagram is a web-based module that helps to organize and share your thoughts and plans visually. It provides a visual way for users to create and manage the flow of events or internal workings of the application, graphically. Using UML models and other professional diagrams, users can visualize the project requirements in a modeling layout. It also allows users to connect a diagram with TFS work items, as well it supports discussion on work items amidst a group of users in the connected team project.
Modeling Conceptual Requirements
Create a new diagram using a pre-defined stencil, drag & drop shapes from the Shapes Library, set the properties of diagram page and the shapes in a floating property popup. Whenever a new diagram is created, it gets auto-linked with a work item. Users can view the linked work items of diagram file. Users have the option of showing or hiding annotations in the modeling layout.
Visually Author TFS Work Items
Create any Work Item supported by the associated Team Project template from within Diagram module. Use a diagram page to create a hierarchy of TFS Work Items that remain linked to the diagram file. Users can also link to existing work items, open a work item for editing, and delete a link between a page and a work item, as well as getting the latest version of the linked work item from TFS.
The Drill Down feature of the module allows users to associate a diagram file, mockup or use case file with a shape, so that when a user clicks on the shape, the user will be navigated to the referenced file in run mode. Users can link a shape with new file by creating it on the spot or to linking it to an existing file. Users can also view the details of a linked file in popup window, which is displayed when hovering over it.
Generate a preview of the diagram to experience the flow of events in run mode for presentation purposes. It shows the diagram in run mode, as it is designed in modelling layout.
Comments and Discussion
Users can add and review comments made about the work being performed by going to the discussion tab. Within the discussion section, users can use ‘@’ control to notify another team member about the discussion and ‘#’ control to reference a work item.
Kick Start the Development – Provide diagram Flow to your Team
A considerable portion of the development exercise, i.e. envisioning the flow of events, can be eliminated. This gets work done more efficiently and with more clarity.
Maintain Traceability between Diagram and Work Items
The Diagram module allows users to link with existing work items in TFS, offering better and more granular traceability throughout the project.
Leverage Existing Knowledge
Organizations have a lot of knowledge stored in professional diagrams and new diagrams are created every day by business analysts, process engineers and architects. Connect these diagrams to TFS and build on the knowledge you already have. When the information from the diagram needs to be created in TFS as requirements, user stories and tasks, you can create all Work Items directly from the Diagram module. Connecting visuals with the textual work items in TFS, provides developers and testers with a richer understanding of what is being asked for in the project.
Visually Collaborate / Validate With Stakeholders
Working with the Diagram module helps to collaborate and validate your thoughts and plans within the project. When the information needs to be discussed and reviewed by other project stakeholders, you can add and review comments in discussion tab. You can notify another team member by using ‘@’ control and reference any work item by using ‘#’ control.
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