Coming Soon: Connections

Please note that Drill-Through relationships have now been renamed as Connections in LeanKit. 

Connections establish parent-child relationships between LeanKit Boards. These multi-level hierarchies help you track and structure your work to the right level of detail, making it easier to not only visualize high-level initiatives but also dig deeper into the implementation details.

Here’s what to look for in the upcoming enhancements:

If you already manage your work using a multi-level Board structure, get ready for some exciting new enhancements that will help you quickly assess progress and spot execution-level problems that require attention.

Set up Connections Inside Any Card

Easily access and manage connections in any card with the new tab.  This new layout allows you to create a connection and a Task Board to manage sub-tasks at the parent level.

With upcoming enhancements, manage both a Connection and a Task Board in the same Card.

With upcoming enhancements, manage both a Connection and a Task Board in the same Card.

See Progress Details

Use the progress bar to quickly assess the overall status of work being tracked by the connection. Progress is based on Card size and where the Cards are located on the Board. If you haven’t set your own Card sizes, it will default to a size of 1.

Connected work details on completion and planned vs. actual dates

Connected work details on completion and planned vs. actual dates

Three classifications describe where a Card is on a Board: Not Started, Started and Finished.

When a Card is in the Backlog, it’s considered “Not Started.” After a Card moves from the Backlog to the In Progress area of the Board, it’s considered “Started.” Once a Card is moved into the Archive lane, it’s considered “Finished.”

Note: You’ll soon be able to rename both Backlog and Archive lane headers based on what makes sense for your process.

Work is segmented into Backlog, In Progress and Archive

Work is segmented into Backlog, In Progress and Archive

Identify Problems With Your Connected Work

Warning icons automatically appear on the face of the parent Card to alert teams that child Cards are blocked or exceed planned finish dates.

A yellow warning indicates that child cards are blocked and/or late (i.e., active cards that exceed the planned finish date). A red warning indicates that the latest planned finish date at the child level exceeds the planned finish date at the parent level.

Indicator showing that child Cards are blocked

Indicator showing that child Cards are blocked

Indicator showing that child Cards are late

Indicator showing that child Cards are late

Indicator showing that the parent level "latest planned finish date" is in jeopardy

Indicator showing that the parent level “latest planned finish date” is in jeopardy

Learn More

The upcoming connection enhancements will be available in our Select, Advanced, and Premium Editions.  To learn more about how to set up and use connections to structure your work more effectively, read this blog post.

8 thoughts on “Coming Soon: Connections

  1. Its in QA right now so we expect it to be live in 2-3 weeks!

    Thanks for your patience.

  2. Hi Nate,
    The initial round of enhancements is focused on laying the groundwork for allowing both taskboards and drill-through boards at once, showing progress and highlighting risks/issues. We have plans to continue building out drill-through functionality, including the concept of drilling through to multiple child boards from a single parent. Will be sure to share updates about further enhancements to drill-through boards as soon as we can.
    Thanks!


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