What’s new in Azure DevOps Sprint 150?

Anisha Pindoria

Sprint 150 has just finished rolling out to all organisations today and you can check out all the cool features in the release notes. Here is just a snapshot of some of the features that you can start using today.

Dark theme general availability

Last October, we released the public preview of the dark theme as part of the new navigation. After several months in preview, listening to feedback, and tuning the experience, we’re excited to announce the general availability of the dark theme. Let us know what you think!

Task assistant for editing YAML file

We continue to receive a lot of feedback asking to make it easier to edit YAML files for pipelines. Now we are adding a task assistant to the YAML editor. With this, you will have the same familiar experience for adding a new task to a YAML file as in the classic editor. This new assistant supports most of the common task input types such as pick lists and service connections. To use the new task assistant, select Edit on a YAML-based pipeline, and then select the Task assistant.

Share you team’s board using a badge

Now, you can add a badge for your team’s board in Azure Boards to your README. The badge can be configured to show only the ‘In Progress columns’ or ‘all columns’, and even be made visible publicly if your project is open source.

General availability of Analytics

We’re excited to announce that the following Analytics features will be included in Azure DevOps at no additional cost.

  1. The Analytics Widgets are configurable modules that display data on a dashboard and help you monitor the progress of your work. The widgets included are the following:
  • Burndown and Burnup charts monitor the progress of a set of scoped work over a period of time.
  • Cycle Time and Lead Time to visualize how work moves through your team’s development cycle
  • Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD) tracks work items as they progress through various states.
  • Velocity track how a team is delivering value over multiple sprints.
  • Test Results Trend to monitor test trends, detect failure and duration patterns for tests over single or multiple pipelines.
  1. In the product we are including the top failing test report to get insights about top failing tests in your pipeline to help improve pipeline reliability and reduce test debt.

We will also continue to offer Power BI integration through analytics views and direct access to our OData endpoint in preview for all Azure DevOps Services customers. If you are using the Analytics marketplace extension, you can continue to use Analytics as you did before and do not need to follow any additional steps. This means that we will deprecate the Analytics marketplace extension for hosted customers. The Azure DevOps Analytics offering is the future of reporting and we will continue to invest in new features driven by Analytics. You can find more information about Analytics in the links below.

These are just the tip of the iceberg, and there is plenty more that we’ve released in Sprint 150. Check out the full list of features for this sprint in the release notes.

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  • Lars Kemmann 0

    This is great! The dark theme is gorgeous and the Analytics experience is integral to our team’s planning. Aside from using the OData feed in Excel for analyzing project progress, this dashboard is what we look at every day in our standups: https://postimg.cc/jCvxfc31
    The Estimate extension (MS Labs) still doesn’t support the dark theme so that would be nice to see improved.

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