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Reuse Custom attributes across different WI types

Amit Girme (1131927) | asked Feb 03 '13, 4:36 a.m.

I have created two attributes Planned Start Date and Planned End Date.
I have used those in one Work item Type say 'A'

 Can i reuse these same attributes in another work item type say 'B' ?

Thanks in Advance.

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sam detweiler (12.5k6195201) | answered Feb 03 '13, 8:30 a.m.
In the same project, yes

Amit Girme commented Feb 03 '13, 9:30 a.m.

 Hi Sam,

Thanks for your reply.

Now suppose i created two work items and i filled planned start date's in both WI

Since i have reused Planned Start Date, it will be Single attribute holding two values for WI A and WI B

When i will query this attributes then which value is it going to return??
Will that return for Type A or Type B?

Geoffrey Clemm commented Feb 03 '13, 9:40 p.m.

Each work item has its own instance of a given attribute, so it's isn't a single attribute holding two values ... it is two instances of the attribute, each with their own value.

sam detweiler commented Feb 04 '13, 12:10 a.m.

What Geoff said..
in the setup you define the variables for each INSTANCE, from the available choices which are global in the project.

When u add the variable to the workitem presentation, you add it as a variable to that workitem type instance.

a weird problem  tho.. as you can change a workitem type from story to defect to task to story..

if you complete the field on one workitem and change the value moves along to the new field.. but if the same field in the new layout already HAS a value.. what happens to that?

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