Let us assume that you have a common node, for example architecture runway, in a number of Azure DevOps area paths.

A common question in such a setup is "what are all the architecture runway work items?".

Simple, create a query that searches for all the known area paths:

WIQL Query - search for a number of KNOWN area paths

Simple? It is not a query that can scale or that anyone wants to maintain, because the only options we have for Area Paths is the equals (=) or under operator. Imagine you walk up to a project containing hundreds of area paths and you need to build such a query from scratch ... run!

Stop! There is another way, using the Node Name:

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