Collaborate in the team room

Increase team productivity by discussing work in progress, asking questions, sharing status, and clarifying issues that arise. Your team room provides an area for fostering and capturing communication among team members, both near and far.

View and post messages in the team room

By using the team room instead of email threads, you automatically receive an audit trail of conversations and decisions. By reviewing the archive, you can quickly catch up with the team when you’ve been away or in a different time zone.

Join the conversation 

  1. From your team’s home page, open the room. If you don't have a link for team rooms, ask your account owner to start a trial or go here to gain permanent access. 

    Link to team room on team project home page 
  2. To switch to another team room, open it from the Rooms list.

    Links to additional team rooms on Rooms page

    You’ll see all rooms that you have permission to enter.

Ways you can interact in the room

  • Target a message to a team member: type @UserName.
  • Include a hyperlink to a work item: type #Id. For example: @Peter, can you take a look at bugs #564, #588, and #592?
  • Open a linked object, such as a work item, changeset, build definition, and more.
  • Include a supported emoticon. For example, type :) to have a smiley face icon appear.
  • Review a previous day’s message: select the day from the calendar. Review a previous day's archive of messages

Add events

Adding events lets your team know when builds complete, source code is checked in, work items are updated, and code review requests occur.

  1. Choose Manage Events.

    Choose Manage events (link visible only to team room administrators)If you don’t see the Manage events link, get added as a team room administrator.
  2. Add events and enable them in the team room.

    Choose tab and then choose areas to configure events

    Room events appear with a hyperlink to the object. Although team room users can see the events, they might not have permission to open the object. To learn more about permissions and event objects, go here.

Q & A

Q:How do other teams use rooms?

A:Here are a few ways teams use rooms:

  • Daily standup: Capture the review of what happened the previous day and discuss any issues or blocking items based on real history.
  • Remote team members: Geographically-dispersed team members can keep up with members in different time zones. This can be especially useful when there are different levels of language proficiency among team members.
  • Memory stream: Configuring all events gives you an archive where you can review changesets, work item updates, and build progress all in one place.

Q:What type of license is required to access team rooms?

A:You can try out team rooms by asking your account owner to start a trial, or go here to gain permanent access.

Q:How do I mute the sound?

A:Choose the audio icon to turn the sound off or on.

Q:What causes a work item event to appear in the room?

A:Any change in status or assignment triggers an event to appear in the room.

Q:How do I change team room permissions, or add an account as a team room administrator?

A:See administer team activities.

Q:How do I add my avatar image?

A:Change the picture from your profile.

Open user menu and choose Manage Profile

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