Printing Physical Cards for Work Items from Azure DevOps

At my current client, I have been working with a Scrum Master who has begun working with an established team who has been working with a Physical Kanban board using Post-it Notes on a white board to track their work. This has been working well for them, and so the Scrum Master doesn't want to disrupt their process. However, there is a need to track that work inside TFS/Azure DevOps.   We wanted to enter the work items in Azure DevOps, and we were even able to replicate their physical board inside Azure DevOps boards pretty faithfully.  But that big physical board is still a great way to view what's happening, and the team wants to keep using it.  SO I was asked if we could print out "Cards" for those work items so that they can be used to put up on the physical board... Now, there was no good out-of-the box solution.. and going through the Marketplace led to one promising extension name "Pretty Cards" that promised to enable printing of cards... However we found that the work-item support in that extension was lacking, and the fields and card layout that that extension is using were not really quite what we were looking for.   I went to the github repo for that extension to see see if I could request changes or what they were doing with Pull Requests.  I found that there were other people submitting similar requests to what I would submit and they had not gotten any responses in close to a year, and there were also old Pull Requests that were not getting anywhere, so I felt that that repository was pretty dead.  

So I had a need, and I had a dead extension that was "close"... So my next-best course of action was to fork that repository and make the changes I needed! So I have published a new Azure DevOps extension to the Marketplace to enable users to Print Kanban-style cards for their Work Items. The Extension can be found here Print Physical Cards 

This extension improves upon Pretty Cards in that it will print any Work Item type; Pretty card could only print User Story, Task, or Bug, which left people who were not using Agile process template high and dry.  My new extension also prints out a more consistent set of fields. I include things like Title, Assigned To, and estimate value (Story Points are used for User Stories, Business Value used for things like Feature and Epic, Original Estimate value used for Tasks etc..). Also supported are printing Tags, which was something we really can use as Tags are leveraged on Work Items here.  You can also multi-select work items and print multiple cards at once! It fits three cards to a page, and will page break appropriately so you shouldn't get any cards split across pages.. 

Here is an example output of some cards that I selected to print:

So! That's my story, hope there is some good value here for somebody who wants to still use a Physical Board, but still track their Work Items inside Azure DevOps!


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