Features

All TeamCompanion features documented with detailed description, images and videos.

Working with Meeting Requests

TeamCompanion integrates Outlook meeting requests and TFS work items and takes care of the easy transition of data between them.

You can create new meeting requests from work items and this transition is highly configurable.

Additionally you can relate Outlook meeting requests with TFS reports.

Create New Meeting Request from Work Item

Use this feature to relate your Outlook meeting requests with appropriate work items.

Select a work item in the work item query result list and on the Work Item(s)/Query tab, in the New group, click on the Meeting Request button. Alternatively, you can right-click on the work item in the list and select the New Meeting Request from Work Item action from the context menu.

This action will create a new meeting request and automatically fill some fields with values from the original work item. In our example the Subject is generated using a template in form “[work item Type] [work item ID]: [work item title]. The To field is automatically filled with names of all team members who have changed the original work item till that point in time. The Body contains work item details.

These mappings are defined as part of TeamCompanion’s options.
Tipp: The team members names used for the To field are read from the work item’s history. When working in offline mode, this list will be empty, since the history information is not available.

This feature is also available while previewing your work item form in separate window. Click on the New Meeting Request from Work Item button on the embedded toolbar and create your new meeting request.
Additionally, you can create meeting requests from work items while working in the Query Editor.

Open Associated Work Item from Meeting Request

When you create an Outlook meeting request from a work item, TeamCompanion creates an association between these two objects and later offers you the possibility to open the associated work item in place.

In Outlook Calendar right-click on a meeting request in the calendar and select the Open associated Work Item action from the context menu. The referenced work item will be opened using the enhanced TFS work item edit form in a separate Outlook window.
For more information see under Open Related Work Item.

This feature is also available while previewing a single meeting request in a separate window. On the Meeting tab, in the TeamCompanion group, click on the Open associated Work Item button.

Update Associated Work Item from Meeting Request

When you create an Outlook meeting request from a work item, TeamCompanion creates an association between these two objects and later offers you the possibility to automatically update the associated work item.

In Outlook Calendar right-click on a meeting request in the calendar and select the Update associated Work Item action from the context menu.

In our example, the details of the referenced work item will be updated with contents of the meeting request body. The details of this synchronization are defined as part of TeamCompanion’s options.

This feature is also available while previewing a single meeting request in a separate window. On the Meeting tab, in the TeamCompanion group, click on the Update associated Work Item button.