There are three distinct methods for using the Work Item Visualization tool.
  • State Visualization
    • I originally created this in the hopes of being able to add this visualization to a work item but for Release 1 of the architecture tools you can't re-use the DGML drawing surface. Hopefully when you can this will provide more benefit. For right now it provides an easy way to visualize your work item history.
  • Work Item Analysis
    • This allows you to view all links to and from any selected work items and will crawl all related work items
  • Dependency Analysis
    • This is the primary reason why I wrote the tool. I wanted to be able to say that a change to a requirement was likely to effect X number of other requirements and have a large or small impact. For the most part I succeeded but I think more can be done. The way the tool works in this mode is that it attaches every file from any work item related to a top level work item directly to that top level work item (the theory being that most top level work items are requirements) so that analyzing a change to one file shows business impact.

All of these usages are described on their individual pages and images show the actual output with different options selected.

Last edited Mar 21, 2010 at 7:41 PM by jefflevinson, version 2

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