One of the planned work-items in Azure DevOps Services features timeline is “Add state transition restriction rules to the inherited process model

in order to achieve the same functionality, I have implemented the following “workaround” for denying any users who are not a member of a specific group by example “HighLevelManagement” group to change state from Approved to Committed for Product Backlog Item:

  1. Create a new field called “Unlocked”
  2. Create a new rule to “Hide the Field” when the current user is not part of “HighLevelManagement” as below

this will simply work as a switch to unlock the work-item for state transition whenever a “HighLevelManagement” member access the work-item. and unlock the work-item will be available for the “HighLevelManagement” group member to do the needed state transition.

Next:

  1. Create a new rule with action “Make Read Only” set to “State” when Unlocked is False and workitem change from Approved to Committed as below:

Now anyone from outside HighLevelManagement will be restricted to change state from Approved to Committed.

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on the other hand, anyone from “HighLevelManagement” Group will see the Switch to Unlock the work-item and then do the change:

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Now Ctrl+S then locking down the work-item again and “Save & Close”.

 

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