Hidden Gems in TFS–Part 2 Work Item State Diagrams

In this series of blog posts I like to highlight some features of TFS/Visual Studio that people seem to overlook. In my day to day job I often see that people don’t know about certain feature that are available in Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio or some of the Powertools.

Some features are available as a Powertool. These can be downloaded from here

Earlier Posts

In this part…….

Work Item State Diagrams

Sometimes it useful to have an overview of all the states of a work item, and how the different states interact wit each other.

The state transitions and states are defined inside the Work Item Definition. Surely you can export the work item type definition and look at the XML or, for a better experience, open the Work Item Type Definition in the Process Editor. This is all possible but not very user friendly.

A better way to do this is use the Web Access Client that comes with TFS.

  • Navigate to your Web Access Client by using the url http://<tfs server name>:8080/tfs/web.
  • Open a work item or create a new one of a specific type


  • When the work item opens Click State Diagram on top


  • The Diagram opens. Note all the reasons and transitions that are also drawn


Have Fun!

2 Responses to “Hidden Gems in TFS–Part 2 Work Item State Diagrams”

  1. you are showing it thru the SharePoint portal not he team web access. do you know how to view the state diagram thru Team Web Access or thru any other mean but the SharePoint portal?

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