29 July 2015

TFS2015 RC2 upgrade - Backlog Explorer empty - Backlog and Capacity empty

Microsoft released TFS 2015 RC2, read about it in Brian Harry's blog

Upon upgrading the bits on the existing TFS2015 RC, I noticed that the Backlog Explorer was empty when I was looking at the existing sprints.
However, using the Board option in the sprint pane did show the existing backlog items as well as show the navigation options in the Backlog Explorer.

Clicking on the Capacity gave similar results: no capacity planning screen and an empty Backlog Explorer.

What was the case? This particular instance is a TFS test machine that has been closed for the current team and did not have any team members at the time of the upgrade.

The solution? Adding one team member to the team project and refreshing the webpage. This restored the functionality as we all come to know it. Removing the team member also did not result in the functionality breaking again.

Conclusion: an upgrade glitch for projects without team members with an easy fix.

Hope this helps someone.