Set default field values for custom fields at the product level

We have a standard set of custom fields that we are inheriting across all products.  This ensure data consistency on how we describe features.  However for some products the field can be defaulted; For example we may have a product that has a feature that we have contractually committed to; so we have a field YES/NO.  However for another product it's less important and can always be NO.  Rather than set up custom fields for each product we love the inheritance but we want different default behavior so we can drive consistency of information to help reporting... Blanks are pains... 

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  • Sep 12 2015
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  • Michal Anderson commented
    January 18, 2016 17:58

    The sheer abaility to just set a default value on a custom field is what I need.  Blanks are really a buzz kill!!

  • Marissa Melnick commented
    February 18, 2016 18:13

    Agree with Michael Anderson!  Just need the option to set a default value for custom fields!

  • Joe Carpenter commented
    March 16, 2016 19:18

    Voting this one up.  It's SUPER important especially given the inability for the report filtering to pick up on null values.  
    For us, we also are marking certain Products with 'Yes' and the assumption is that if it isn't marked 'YES' then it means no.  From an Aha perspective though, I can't set up a report to filter on the field such that is follows the logic "Show All records where (field) is NOT 'Yes'

    Thus, I need to go back to all the records, create a specific 'No' entry for that custom field, and edit ALL of the products.  Going forward, the field should always DEFAULTto NO, unless someone specifically changes it.

  • Gavin Jones commented
    May 30, 2016 22:59

    Agreed - especially helpful in integrating with JIRA... certain fields in JIRA that are required, but from a product point of view need never change. 

  • Shri Iyer commented
    January 31, 2017 23:24

    Setting default values for custom fields at both the feature and requirement level is extremely important. We have to manually go and assign the value currently which is painful. Sometimes people forget and this then shows up in reports with no value. Please prioritize this.

  • Kai Schröder commented
    April 11, 2018 14:10

    This would really help!

  • Lindsay Hanrahan commented
    June 19, 2018 14:25

    We really need this.  It is driving our teams crazy, especially with certain fields we are trying to "set and forget" before they go over to VSTS.  We are having to build in additional layers of admin staff checking to confirm that these values are populated.