Quickly see the total effort, % complete, and other metrics for a selection of work items.
UPDATE (5/30/2018): Quick Calcs now supports custom work item types and CMMI projects!
Ever try doing Agile planning within VSTS? Like trying to decide how many work items can fit in the current sprint based on total points. Or just getting an idea of how many points of effort are in a given subset of items on the product backlog, so you can do some ad-hoc what-if scenarios with your stakeholders or team.
Are you tired of reaching for your abacus every time this happens? Or exporting to Excel just to get a quick total of the points you’re looking at?
QuickCalcs provides immediate answers to common Agile Planning questions by simply selecting the work item(s) of interest. The context menu for your selection will display useful data such as Total Effort, % Complete, and other metrics for a selection of work item(s).
Use the Settings page to set custom interpolation values, which Quick Calcs will substitute for any unstimated work items based on their type.
So ditch the abacus…and cut back on the Excel. Install QuickCalcs and simplify your planning activities.
To use this extension:
Select any number of work items from any backlog view or query result list (to select all work items in the list, presss ^-A)
Right-click or ^-click on the selection
The context menu will show you the Total Effort for your selection. Optionally, hover over this element to view additional metrics.
Added: Support for CUSTOM work item types and CMMI! Thank you for your feedback and patience; this feature was long overdue. (coming soon: interpolation settings for custom types)
Fixed: '% complete' not being calculated for User Stories.
Added: Changes to how Settings are stored. Moved to document-based storage from key-value pairs. Settings are now stored per team project. Added some audit info to indicate when the settings were last changed and by whom.
Added: You can now select multiple portfolio-level work items or any mix of portfolio and requirement-level work items, and still get the same great aggregated metrics just as fast.
Fixed: Fixed the elusive issue that suddenly caused the extension to stop working due to an API change quietly pushed out by Microsoft on 5/24.
Added: New settings page for specifying interpolation values to use when calculating effort for unestimated work items. This feature is invaluable when you want to know the total effort and % complete for a set of work items, but some or all of the items do not yet have estimates. Now your custom settings will be used to substitute a value (specific to each work item type) for those unestimated items for the calculations. These new setting are available via an admin hub by navigating to the gear icon on the top nav of VSTS, then selecting Quick Calcs from the drop down menu.
Added: New menu items when selecting on an individual Portfolio-level backlog item (Epic, Feature) that instantly displays the aggregated Total Points and % Complete by aggregating all of the Requirement-level children (PBI, User Story, Bug).
Fixed: issue where selecting more than about 400 items would not work.