Useful free Azure DevOps Extentions for Project Management

In this article I would like to present you some useful free extensions for Azure DevOps.

Azure DevOps is a service which offers the possibility to cover the whole development lifecycle in one platform. Here it is possible to build automated pipelines, integrate test plans, use repositories and manage various artifacts and packages Maven, npm or NuGet.

It is also possible to map and configure the entire project management using processes such as Agile in general, Scrum or Kanban.

The extentions are available over the Visual Studio marketplace and will install in the Organization. So you need the need the specific access rights to install it otherwise you can request the extention by your administrator.

In the following I will introduce you to the different extentions which i found usefull in my projects.

Team Calendar

The Team calendar allows teams to organize while not having to sync company calendars. It has a few core features like showing days off and creating team events. It displays linked Iterations and goes hand in hand with the Capacity planning in Azure DevOps. More is normally not needed to have a neat overview over the team availability.

Refer to: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms-devlabs.team-calendar

Retrospective Board

This extention offers an easy way to create cusotmizable retrospective boards. It allows us to quickly set upo for sprint iterations and has all the abilities like vote, group, collect and categorize team input. Each column can be fitted to ones needs. In addition it is possible toc reate work items from out of the extention directly to have linked action items.

Refer to: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms-devlabs.team-retrospectives

Note: Beginning on May 29th, 2020 the Team Retrospectives extension will no longer be available on the Azure DevOps Marketplace. Existing installations will continue to work with the exception of the real-time update feature, until your organization admin explicitly removes the extension from the ADO tenant. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback for helping to improve the extension ecosystem.

Other possible tools for this ais for instance https://www.reetro.io/ but there are others on the market as well

Feature Timeline and Epic Roadmap

This nifty extention can be used to plan ecpis (cross projects) and features in a project over all Iterations. Also it shows the status and porgress of work items to feature completion.

Refer to: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms-devlabs.workitem-feature-timeline-extension for further details.

Delivery Plans

Delivery plans allow us to create a timelined overview over all Iterations and planned work items cross projects and teams. An overview of the progress and planning of all teams in relation to sprint and work item can be made visible. Also Milestones can be added to mark importan steps in the team and work process.

Refer to: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms.vss-plans for details

Definition of Done

The definition of done is something no agile project should be without. It provides the team member with important additional information agreed upon that is necessary to complete a work item in addition to the acceptance criteria.
This extention allows you to add the definition of done to e.g. the User Story or the PBI in an extra tab and can be installed via

Refer to: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=agile-extensions.dod

Extended Sprint Overview Widget on the Dashboard

This widget offers more customization than the common sprint overview widget. It shows for instanc einformation of Work item progress and remaining sprint time.

Refer to: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ninido.ninido-extended-sprint-overview-widget

Work Item visualization

In a good Project planning each work item has it`s relations like Parents, Childs and related items. An clear overview of the “genealogical tree” and relations of a work item can be visualized with this extention.

Refer to: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms-devlabs.WorkItemVisualization

Work Item Details on Dashboard

The work item details can be displayed on the dashboard to give for example stakeholders a brief and quick overview of that is currently in progress. https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms-devlabs.WorkItemDetails

Team Project Health on Dashboard

This widget provides a brief overview of project health for instance pipeline runs and more details.

Refer to: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms-devlabs.TeamProjectHealth

Wiql Editor

Queries are essential for the overview of work items on a shared dashboard as every query tile has it`s referring query in the shared query folder. This editor allows to write queries in a more “code-like” fashion. Also it can be used to define queries for import and export of Project Items over the Azure DevOps API.

Refer to: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ottostreifel.wiql-editor

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