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What are the rules for work item visibilty in RTC 4.0.1 plans? (This is critical to understanding and correctly using plans.)


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jim herron (814327) | asked Apr 19 '13, 1:43 p.m.
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The rules in RTC 3.0.1 took a bit to tease out, but by inspection, if I my tests were comprehensive, I observed the rules to be as follows:

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The "Planned For" field of a work item must match the plan's iteration, or if viewing the iteration sections of a Release Backlog plan, must match a child iteration of the plan's iteration

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The "Filed Against" field of a work item must be associated with the plan's project/team area, or a child of the plan's project/team area.  If the plan is owned by the project area, all teams on the project timeline are considered children

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The rules appear to have changed in 4.0.1.  Again by inspection, if I my tests were comprehensive, I observed the rules to be as follows:

(1) Identical to 3.0.1
The "Planned For" field of a work item must match the plan's iteration, or if viewing the iteration sections of a Release Backlog plan, must match a child iteration of the plan's iteration

(2) Simpler, but with unfortunate consequences
The "Filed Against" field of a work item must be associated with the plan's project/team area

First, I hope to verify that my observations are correct, and if not, be exposed to the real rules

Second, again if my observations are correct, I would like to discuss how the modified rules in 4.0.1 have affected my ability to correctly move work items through the plan hierarchy.

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Geoffrey Clemm (30.1k23035) | answered Apr 21 '13, 5:54 p.m.
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As I recall, here is the behavior I see in 4.0.2 in the WebUI:
- What items are selected is independent of the plan type.
- You see all work items whose iteration is plan's iteration and whose team area is the plan's team area.
- You see all plan items whose iteration is a child of the plan's iteration and whose team area is a child of the plan's team area
- If you set the "include all items" check box, you see all work items (not just plan items) whose iteration is a child of the plan's iteration and whose team area is a child of the plan's team area.

Planning team: If this is wrong. please post a comment so I can correct this description.

I was seeing different behavior in the Eclipse UI, and submitted a bug report on that.  So in general, if you report unusual behavior, make sure to identify whether you are using the Eclipse UI or the Web UI.

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