Actively manage and document the features that you implement to provide traceability to future developers who extend your application.
The following tasks can help you manage features:
- Reviewing application features
Review the current features in your application so that you can make informed decisions about the new features and subfeatures that you create. To access more information about your features, review them by switching to a tree view.
- Changing feature levels
Change the relative position of a feature in the hierarchy to support their reuse and extension in other applications. The feature order and the relationships between features and subfeatures reflect how important features are and how different features correlate with each other.
- Associating a feature with a work item
Improve the traceability of your application development by associating your assigned work items with the features that the work items implement. You can associate a feature with a user story, a bug, or a feedback item.
- Associating rules with features
Document the rules that implement a feature to improve the traceability and extensibility of your application. When you associate a feature with a rule, you can conveniently check which elements exactly build your application, so that you can make informed decisions when you decide to reuse a feature in another application.
- Skimming features to the latest version
Copy, or skim, features from previous versions of your application to ensure that the application that you ship includes the complete feature hierarchy.
- Deleting a feature
Delete features when they are unused or no longer relevant. For example, when you de-scope a feature from your application development, you can delete the feature to ensure that you strictly follow the latest requirements for the application that you want to deliver.