Creating Activity Feeds

You can create activity feeds that show work items for a set of search criteria from all applications or a single application. You can create private feeds or feeds that you can share with other users.

Use feed criteria to filter the list of work items as needed. Data returned by feeds is dependent on each user's privileges to view and work with items.

To create an activity feed:

  1. Use one of these methods to open the New Feed page:
    • Select an existing activity view, the select Edit from the Actions list. Click New in the feeds area.
    • Select the user image in the upper right corner, select Settings, and then click Feeds. Click the New Feed link, and then click Activity Feed.
  2. On the Select Applications page, select one of these application options:
    • Select an Application

      Select a single application from which work items will be returned.

    • No Filter

      If this option is selected, work items that meet the rest of the feed criteria are returned from all applications, depending on the feed creation point. For example, if you create the feed for a view in an application group, work items from all applications in that group are returned.

    Note: Application options cannot be changed once you save a feed.
  3. On the Select Projects page, select an option to filter the projects from which work items are returned, based on the feed's application context:
    • Selected projects

      Select to return work items from selected projects, and then select the projects.

      To add a single project, hover over the project, and then click the Plus sign.

      To add a project and all of its subprojects, hover over the parent project, and then click the check mark (image).

      You can also add parent projects, and then select the Include sub-projects check box.

    • My Projects for user viewing the feed

      Select to return work items from user's the preferred projects list.

    • No filter

      Select to return work items from any project within the feed's application context.

  4. On the Select Owners page, select an option to filter work items by owner:
    • User viewing the feed

      Select to return items owned by the user viewing the feed.

    • Selected groups and users

      Choose to return items owned by a specific set of groups (image) or users (image).

    • No filter

      Select to return items owned by any user.

  5. Select the Include secondary owners check box to return items that the selected users own with other users along with items they primarily own. Clear this check box to return only items the selected users are primarily responsible for.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Click Add to add one or more search filters based on work item fields. Use these guidelines:
    • For each filter, you must specify a field, an operator, and value criteria. The operators and value options that are available to you depend on the selected field type.
    • For feeds based on all applications, field choices are limited to system fields, such as Submitter and Active/Inactive.
    • Multiple criteria use "and" operators. For example, a feed that has these filters:

      Submitter in Chad Release Engineer

      Submit Date > Starrtof_thisyear

      Returns work items that Chad Release Manager submitted AND the submit date is greater than the start of the current year.

  8. Click Next.
  9. Provide the following information for your feed:
    • Name

      Provide a name for your feed.

    • Visibility

      Set the feed as private or public. Private feeds are visible only to the author; public feeds can be viewed by others users, but only the author and administrators can modify public feeds.

    • Description

      Text provided here is shown to users when they select feeds for their views.

  10. Save your changes.