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Inherit the filed against attribute value from the parent work item

Roland Mueller (102299) | asked Dec 04 '15, 2:16 a.m.


when we break down Stories into Tasks, it would be helpful that all the child work items of the Story inherit the filed against attribute value of the parent. It its very error prone, if you have to set the filed against attribute value for each and every child work item separately. It might end up even in a different team area or in a different category group (if you group a view by category) if you miss to set the child work item filed against attribute of the child to be the same as the one of the parent manually and the colleagues will miss the work item in their plan views. 

We know how to set a default value, but we do not know how to inherit the value from the parent when we create the work item and nevertheless override the initial inherited value in the rare cases where it is required.

Thank you for helping out,


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Ralph Schoon (63.2k33646) | answered Dec 04 '15, 2:41 a.m.
edited Dec 04 '15, 2:48 a.m.
You can do that using a follow up action/participant. Here is an example for such a thing: the example is kind of up side down from your perspective. You would just look up the category of the parent and set that in the work item.

An easier approach would be to create the child work items in a plan, in which case the category is determined by the plan. If you see the parent work item you can create the tasks right away and also set the parent in one go and you will have the correct category set on the tasks. 

I realize you discuss this scenario above, so maybe I am missing something.  

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