To me, one of the nice improvements to Team Foundation Server Web Access in the last couple of years have been the boards (sprint board and backlog boards) to visual the work a team is doing.
Unfortunately, out-of-the-box the information shown on the tickets is not configurable. For each work item the Title, Effort/Remaining Work (depending on the board) and Assigned to fields are shown:
I often get the question if it is possible to show the ID on the Work Items as well. With a default installation of Team Foundation Server the answer is always no.
Using the Task Board Enhancer created by Tiago Pascoal is it possible to add some cool new features to the Team Foundation Web Access boards. However, not all customers I’m working at are willing to install third-party plugins on Team Foundation Server. So using the extension is not always an option.
To use this solution, open Internet Explorer and add a new favourite to your Favourite bar. (Just create a new favourite that points to your default page by dragging the URL to your favourite bar).
Next open the properties of the newly created favourite link:
To test if it works, open Team Foundation Server Web Access in your browser and go to the Task board for example. When the page is loaded, click on the newly created favourite link.
The result will be that the ID’s of your Work Items will show up:
However, the nice thing is that you can start this solution right away. Even if you are working on an environment in which you cannot install or even configure software yourself. (Which is the case in a lot of big organisation I have been working at.) Creating favourites is almost always allowed.