New Task Boards Make Management Easier

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Photo credit: Rachel Ashe

How do you keep track of all the minute details related to your work?  Static to-do lists with strikethroughs/checkmarks offer neither the context nor the opportunity for collaboration.

Seeing each granular task as a meaningful part of an adaptive visual flow makes work resonate loudly for everyone.  And instantly knowing priority and status, as well as potential impacts to other activities is empowering.

Quicker to Build

Tasks

 

To keep track of dependencies, hierarchies or visually manage the ‘grains of sand’ – the ‘Tasks’ menu option is now easily accessible in every card.

On-the-fly Card Consolidation

For those, ‘Oops, those should’ve been grouped together…’ moments, cards now include a ‘Move to task board’ option in the drop-down. This helps you to include cards from the primary board as a task in another card.

Flexible Task Card Type

Task Types

Definable task types and task type filtering allow you to customize your task board and its cards to address your specific kinds of work. No more cards suffering from identity crisis. Easily distinguish, focus in on, and better understand dependencies between particular tasks in a complex process. Similar to the previous task board categories, these help you distinguish between task types without having to navigate through the sub-task boards.

Consistent Look-and-Feel

We’ve made the look, feel and functionality of all cards, whether in a main board or task boards, more consistent. This improves ease of use and is helpful when transferring task cards between boards or even when copying entire task boards.

Board-to-Board Transfers

When the work needs to move, it can. Change is inevitable. Team members take vacations and work scope fluctuates. It is now possible to meet change head-on by transferring your task board to a different team or project located on a separate board.  That’s right – no need to recreate it!

Better Progress Indicator

Card with progress bar

Watching a progress bar move isn’t a spectator sport, but it sure is fulfilling. The new indicator provides insight into task board content/complexity with the number of tasks and overall progress.  Lovers of proportions and ratios can also hover over the progress bar to get those valuable percentages they so desire.

Templates for Repeatable Processes

Do you have processes that require similar deliverables and get repeated time-after-time?  Examples might include product launches, new hire on-boarding or building out new servers or network infrastructure. Now you can build a model task board with a default set of cards and clone it each time you execute that process.  This means less rework and time saved by eliminating the need to re-create task boards and new cards manually.

We’ve also simplified the cards themselves. There’s a single dedicated area for both basic and advanced settings, minimizing the number of clicks required to create your cards.

If you don’t use task boards yet, give them a try. See how visually managing the finer details of your work with a dynamic, context rich flow can help!

Basic Edition users, here’s how to start a free 30-day upgrade to give task boards a try.  You can always revert back – no hassles, no problem.

Basic Free Upgrade A

1. On the main screen (where you can see thumbnails of all your Boards), click the gear icon in the upper-right to open the Account Settings window.
2. On the Account Details tab, hover your cursor to the right of where it says “Basic Edition” and click the edit icon that appears.

 

Basic Free Upgrade B

3. In the drop-down menu that opens, select the Edition you’d like to upgrade try and 4. Click ‘OK’

Katie St. Francis

Katie is a constant learner, Lean practitioner and product enthusiast. As a Product Manager at LeanKit, she works to help solve customer problems and help them find ways to deliver value faster. She spends her spare time crunching data to find opportunities for continuous improvement and asking “why.” Follow her on Twitter at @kstfrancis.