Whiteboard Skin and Usability Improvements

Over the weekend, we deployed some bug fixes and some little niceties we’d like to point out to our users. First of all, we fixed some bugs and some UI funky-ness that caused lane heights to be a little off at times. I think you’ll see that they line up much more nicely now, especially on the more complex board layouts. We also found a (related) issue, where dragging cards into some columns was a little clumsy – forcing you to drag the card over just the perfect spot in the lane to get it to drop correctly. Again, this happened mostly on the more complex board layouts, where horizontal swimlanes were involved. This should behave much more smoothly now.

Whiteboard Skin

On the options tab on the board, you’ll now see that you have the option of turning off the “whiteboard skin” around your board. The borders that look like a marker-board and the shadows under the card that make it look like a sticky note can now be turned off, giving you a little more screen real estate and a more “flat” look.

New "Skinless" look

New “Skinless” look

Usability Improvements

When adding a card, you now have a button for “Save and Add More” that will save the current card, and keep the dialog open for you to add more cards. The title and description fields will be cleared, but the Type, Priority, Assigned User, and “Into Lane” fields will remain the same as what you selected for the previous card. This is just a simple way to remove the need for a few extra clicks when adding multiple cards at one time. Look for more such “usability” improvements in the coming weeks, and don’t forget to log your suggestions and vote on others at our forum at http://leankittools.uservoice.com.
You’ll also notice a much nicer-looking History tab in the card details, styled to be easier to read.

Chris Hefley

Chris Hefley is a co-founder of LeanKit. After years of coping with “broken” project management systems in software development, Chris helped build LeanKit as a way for teams to become more effective. He believes in building software and systems that make people’s lives better and transform their relationship with work. In 2011, he was nominated for the Lean Systems Society’s Brickell Key Award. Follow Chris on Twitter @indomitablehef.