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How to Set Up Check-in Policies to Ensure That Developers Associate Work Items with Check-ins

- J.D. Meier, Jason Taylor, Alex Mackman, Prashant Bansode

Configure the out-of-box Work Item check-in policy, so that developers are forced to associate work items with a check-in. This association helps maintain traceability between the changes made to the source code and the work items tracking bugs and tasks.

To configure the work item check-in policy to force developers to associate check-ins with a work item
  1. In Team Explorer, right-click your team project, select Team Project Settings, and then click Source Control.
  2. Click the Check-in Policy tab.
  3. Click Add and then select and configure the Work Item check-in policy.

Additional Resources

  • For more information about creating and using a custom check-in policy, see “How To – Step Through Creating Custom Check-in Policies for TFS” in this guide.
  • To learn how to customize a check-in policy, see “Walkthrough: Customizing Check-in Policies and Notes” at

Last edited Jul 25, 2007 at 12:03 PM by prashantbansode, version 1


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