Using Card Types to Manage Your Work More Effectively

Card Types

 

In LeanKit, teams can customize their card types to match the nature of their work. Card types for a software development team might include user stories, defects, features, and improvements. For an IT Operations team, they could be desktop support, server support, maintenance, and implementation.

LeanKit lets you define your own card types as colors or icons, making it easier to:

  1. Visualize different types of work more easily
  2. Filter your board to isolate certain types of work
  3. Report on specific types of work to identify opportunities for improvement

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What You Need to Know About Taskboards vs. Drill-Through Boards

Taskboards vs. Drill-through Boards

Have you ever wondered when to use a taskboard or a drill-through board in LeanKit? Taskboards and drill-through boards are both designed to assist with visualizing the breakdown of work, yet they have distinctly different uses. In an interview with a panel of our product experts, we learned that each option offers its own unique advantages.

What’s the main distinction between taskboards and drill-through boards?

Taskboards are best used when you need to break down your individual tasks. Drill-throughs are best suited for breaking down larger efforts that involve multiple team members.

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How to Boost Collaboration with Targeted Notifications

Collaborate and Work the Board

In today’s busy workplace, how do you make sure you’re collaborating effectively? Team emails and all-hands meetings — while good at keeping everyone up to speed — can be inefficient for managing day-to-day communications.

To cut down on the status update clutter and inject more meaning into ongoing conversations, try using targeted notifications directed to those who are involved in the work. LeanKit helps everyone stay on the same page by offering a host of collaboration features for different roles in your organization.

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Quarterly Product Update

In this webinar, Jon Terry, COO of LeanKit, provides an overview of recently released product features and insight into what’s coming soon.

During this discussion, you’ll learn: 

  • About our plans to help improve your overall LeanKit user experience.
  • How parent-child board connections help you visualize work, track progress, and identify risk.
  • Details about our upcoming Reporting and Analytics overhaul and how it opens the door for ad-hoc reporting.

Helpful links:

Quarterly Product Update Slides (PDF)
How to use drill-through board connections (blog post)

Kanban: Redefining the Importance of Process Policies

Make Process Policies Visible

Setting explicit process policies is the special sauce for the successful implementation of Kanban. Yet in many ways it’s also the least understood step of The Kanban Method.

For many people, the term “policies” conjures up images of employee manuals and handbooks. And let’s be honest, while these types of organizational documents are necessary, they’re not exactly a workplace bible that helps us get our work done more effectively.

So why are process policies so important in Kanban? As a continuous flow methodology, Kanban doesn’t prescribe what needs to be done at different stages of the process; it lets the team decide the most effective way to keep work flowing. And we’re not just referring to procedural policies here; we’re also including the way people interact with their work and with each other.

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See LeanKit’s Mobile Apps in Action

LeanKit goes with you wherever the work needs to be done. Our iOS and Android mobile apps help you stay connected to your team while you’re away from your desk. Quickly create new cards, update status, reassign work, and add comments or image attachments to ensure everyone has the most recent information to keep the work flowing.