TFS 2013.4 Stakeholder access

The stakeholder access has been mentioned a couple of times here and here by Brian Harry.

If you recall correctly the Limited access group means that if you are in that group, you do not need a CAL to access TFS Web Access. It also meant that you can only see a very scaled down version of web front end which basically  gave you access to the work items that you created.

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Things have changed.. Now you have power!
Instead of the previous “Limited Access” group, there is now a Stakeholder group.
The allowed features have gone from “View My Work Items” to :

  • View, add, and modify items on the backlog
  • View team home pages and portfolio backlogs
  • View, create, and modify work items such as stories, features, and bugs
  • View, create, and save queries
  • Sign up and receive alerts when changes are made to work items.

Where TFS has  been hiding in the developer realm within corporates, this move IMHO opens up TFS to adoption in big business, where getting everyone on board from a licensing perspective can be a huge expense.

Don’t get me wrong, trend charts and pull requests in TFS 2013.4 CTP 1 are big, but you can have all the charts in the world, if the bar to entry for the stakeholder is too high, it is not going to give you the benefit that you need.
I can’t wait until the CTP2 when the Stakeholder licensing is suppose to be finalised!