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Setting up a Visual Studio Team Services Integration

ProdPad has a direct integration available with Visual Studio Team Services.

The two-way integration between VSTS and ProdPad allows you to push any idea from ProdPad to VSTS, creating a link between the idea and the new ticket. You can map your issue statuses in VSTS with the custom statuses in ProdPad, and so when the status is updated in VSTS, the change reflects in your ProdPad account where the rest of the team can see it.

Getting the integration with Visual Studio Online set up is easy, and just requires you to follow these steps:

1. Setting up a VSTS integration

2. Mapping Fields

3. Pushing ideas to VSTS

4. Sharing with your team

1. Setting up the VSTS integration in ProdPad

To start, log in to ProdPad as an Admin, and head to the Integrations page.

On the module page, click on +Create Integration and select Visual Studio Online to get started.

Enter a name for the integration e.g. VSTS Dev Queue and and a quick description, then click Create.

If you aren't already logged into VSTS, you will be prompted to enter your credentials. Once you're logged into VSTS you’ll be prompted to allow ProdPad limited access to your VSTS profile. We require access to read your organizations and boards; create and update cards, lists and boards; and make comments on your ideas.

Please note this integration only works with VS Team Services.

 

2. Mapping fields

Once the authorization is complete, you will be able to select a projectfrom your VSTS account. Select the project you want your ProdPad ideas to appear in once they've been pushed to VSTS.

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Next, it's time to map your fields from ProdPad to VSTS.

In this step, you'll pick which fields from your Ideas page you want to send to VSTS. At the very least, you need to select something for the Name field in VSTS – we recommend using the Title field from your ProdPad idea for this. You can also pre-fill the Description in your VSTS issue with the description, business case and functional specs in ProdPad, or any combination of them.

Finally, you can set your field mapping to include mockups and files from ProdPad, which will be added as Attachments to your new card in VSTS, once you push.

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The last step is to map the statuses, so that as the issue moves within the development workflow, ProdPad will reflect those changes.

3. Pushing ideas to VS

Now that you've got an active integration with VSTS set up, it's time to start pushing finished ideas from ProdPad to VSTS.

Head to your Ideas List, and pick an idea that's ready for development. In the Idea Canvas page, click on Push to development at the top right. This will open up a modal window where you can choose to push the Idea via the VSTS integration you've set up, or any of your other integrations.

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4. Sharing with your team

To make it easy for your team to use the same integration mappings, you can share your integration with your team.

In your Integrations list, click the 'Teamwide' setting.

Once this is done, anyone in your ProdPad account can log in and go to the Integrations & API page, and select the original integration in the 'Available Integrations' list.

 

Tip

Looking to add multiple projects?

If you wish to setup another project within VSTS, simply repeat the steps above. You may set up as many integrations as you like - and as long as they're the same account (base URL) they will only count as one integration. 

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