Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services is a service for software development teams to manage their work, code, and CI pipeline. To move towards a seamless integration between these pillars, I designed a place within our agile project management tools to connect to commits, branches, pull requests, and builds: the development section of the work item form.
We developed a common pattern for rendering artifacts in VSTS so that these controls could be used throughout the product, forming a common language for previously unrelated pieces of information. Because of these patterns we were able to add other scoped links controls to the work item form, such as "related work," and enable users to add their own custom controls as well.
Additionally, we built in a series of calls to action throughout the DevOps pipeline to encourage healthy development practices and help users fall into the pit of success.