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Create new work items with Excel for Azure DevOps

It's no secret that practicing DevOps is just as much of a business position as it is a technical position. We have a very specific job to do - ship the product and ship it fast to stay ahead of competition. To successfully do so, we must plan our work and collaborate properly. If you're using Boards in Azure DevOps to track your tickets, you may be excited to know that there's a great Excel extension called "azure devops standalone office integration" that'll actually allow you to create work items right from Excel and publish those tickets to Azure DevOps. Let's get started!

The first thing you'll need to do is have Excel (at least Office 2010) installed and the Team Foundation Server Standalone Office Integration (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=832491&clcid=0x409)

After you have that let's go ahead and open up Excel and head over to the "team" tab.


Next thing we want to do is click on "New List"


Let's go ahead and click on "Servers" so we can connect to our Azure DevOps portal and click "add".


After you type in the URL to your portal you will be prompted to type in your email and password associated with your account. Once you return to the add/remove screen go ahead and click close.


Choose which Team Project you would like to connect to then click "Connect". Once you click connect you will be presented with a "New List" screen. Choose the "Input List" option.



Now that we have our list let's go ahead and create some tickets!


Now click on your "title" bar and click "Publish in the Team ribbon.

Let's head back over to our Azure DevOps portal and go to Boards > Work items.

We now have our two new tickets.



You may be asking yourself "why do this in Excel?". The primary reason why I would do this in Excel is for the convenience. I don't have to manually go into Work Items and add a bunch of new tickets in. Let's say you have 10 tickets to add. Would it make more sense to do it manually 1 by 1? Or put them in a spreadsheet all at once and simply click the "publish" button?

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