Kanban Board Editor Improvements

First and foremost, it’s faster. Much, much faster.

We’ve always aspired to be the Kanban tool that provides the most flexibility, the most freedom in designing your Kanban board. But some of our customers surprised even us. 370 lanes? Really?

Now, great big complicated boards (even with 370 lanes) are no problem. The board editor is much faster that it was in such cases before, and we’re very proud of that.

Second, we’ve added several improvements to the board editor

1. Moving Lanes around

The old drag and drop metaphor for lanes seemed nice at first, but in practice it was unwieldy. Now to move  a lane around, you can use left and right, up and down arrows to reposition the lane. Try it out. We think you’ll agree, this is much better.

Re-Order Lanes

Re-Order Lanes

2. How wide is this lane?

Lane widths have always been based on the number of “cards wide” a lane is. Now you can clearly see this number in the board editor when you are resizing lanes. (see above graphic and look for “Cards Wide -2” )

Also, we’ve done a much better job of making every lane line up than we did in the past. Now, lane headers don’t wrap to a second line when the lane title is too long. If the lane title is too long to fit in the lane, we shrink the font down to a size where it does fit. If you’d like to avoid the shrinking, you can either shorten the lane title or widen the lane to accommodate the lane title text.

3. Cloning Swimlanes

Ever create a sub-workflow on your board using a horizontal swimlane, and wanted to create a copy of it? Well now you can:

Clone Swimlanes

Clone Swimlanes

4. The Lane Settings Dialog

We’ve also improved the Lane Settings dialog. Setting your Lane type and Lane Activity now looks like this:

Lane Settings Dialog

Lane Settings Dialog

We hope you like the improvements to the board editor. We’re very excited about the improvements in speed an usability.

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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.