New Connections Functionality Now Available


LeanKit’s new Connections functionality has been released to all Portfolio Edition accounts. Find out how this enables you to track and manage work distributed across multiple teams and boards — without losing sight of the details.

For some time now, LeanKit has provided the ability to create drill-through relationships. This functionality enabled you to establish parent-child associations between a card on one board and one or more cards on another board.

“Connections” are the New Drill-Throughs

With this release, Drill-Throughs have been renamed as Connections. Existing drill-through relationships continue to work as before, but with a number of important enhancements:

  • A new Connections tab within each card makes it easier to create, manage, and remove relationships between cards.
  • New rollup statistics provide better visibility into the progress of work that spans multiple boards.
  • The option to drill through to a new or existing board has been replaced with Breakout to a New Board or Delegate to an Existing Board.
  • You can now have a Taskboard and a Connection associated with the same card.
  • These improvements are also be available in LeanKit’s iOS application.



Use the new Connections tab to track and manage work distributed across multiple boards

Better Visibility into Work Spanning Multiple Boards

Improved status information on the face of the parent card — including a new icon to indicate that a Connection exists — helps you instantly see how much progress has been made.

Before and After

Warning indicators also appear on the face of the parent card to alert teams that child cards are blocked or exceed planned finish dates.

Rollup statistics in the Connections tab provide additional insights to quickly assess the status of connected work items — with the ability to drill into the details as needed.

Rollup statistics give instant visibility into the status of work distributed across multiple boards.

Rollup statistics give instant visibility into the status of work

This information includes:

  • Total # of child cards and their total size (card size defaults to 1 unless you change it) as well as details about any child cards that are blocked and/or past their due date.
  • A high-level progress bar showing how many cards are Not Started, Started, and Finished.
  • The planned start and finish dates of the parent and child cards. Compare these dates with the actual start and finish dates to see if the project is progressing on track.

How do these Changes Help?

Connections are designed to give you greater flexibility and visibility in the way you manage your work. Establishing connections between cards enables you to:

  • Provide stakeholders with the right level of visibility to make informed decisions, drilling into the details as needed.
  • Improve collaboration between teams by making it easier to track work spread across multiple boards.
  • Quickly assess progress and identify potential problems — including blockers and scheduling issues.

LeanKit provides a number of capabilities to help you manage your work with the right level of visibility and detail. Here’s a quick look at what to use when:

What to use when

More information on how to set up and use LeanKit’s new Connections functionality is available here.

9 thoughts on “New Connections Functionality Now Available

  1. Is it in the timeline to allow for a parent board to connect to multiple child boards for the same card? We have features on our portfolio board that have work spread across multiple team boards, however we are only able to link the card to a single team which causes complications.

  2. This is not good at all !
    This may be better for managers, but for the simple user it just makes life harder.

    Now, in order to drill-down to the related board, I have to execute 3 clicks instead of just one click!!
    Instead of clicking the board icon in the card, I have to click on the card, then click on “Connections”, and only then on the go to the related child card.

    Why do you want to make our work harder? Keep it simple! we don’t want too many clicks!

  3. Many thanks for sharing your feedback Dror. With this new functionality, the goal is to make it easier for all users to keep track of work that’s distributed across multiple boards. We did also reduce the number of clicks required to open a card recently to help you get where you need to faster. Alternatively, you can also try right clicking on the face of the card and selecting “Go To Board” from the Connections menu. This lets you access the related board directly, bypassing the Connections tab inside the card.

  4. For a moment I thought with this enhancement it’s possible to connect a single parent to children on different boards. Unfortunately that is not the case. This enhancement provides for better transparency on the parent level within the existing available connection/drill-through capability.

  5. I miss a direct link icon on card to direct board as I had before. Now I have to click on card, go to board, select board.

  6. Hi Tristan,
    I’ve added your comments to our feature request forum. This helps document your thoughts and should generate more discussion on the topic. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  7. Would it be possible to have the parent card’s size automatically updated to show the sum of the child cards? Right now, I can have a card with a taskboard totalling 100 points, but the card itself is still a single point unless I manually update it’s value. I’d have to manually update the parent every time I update any of the children. This invalidates WIP limits.

  8. Good question, Doc.
    It’s possible, but here’s why it doesn’t work that way (right now): The progress indicator does take total connected card(s) size into account to show the total expected effort, however the parent card size could be a different number altogether. Consider that the board the parent card lives on may have a different way to valuate card size, e.g., project business value or planned budget. In this case auto-populating the card size with the total value of all child cards would be a misrepresentation that requires fixing.
    Definitely encourage you to create a feature request in our forum ( to see if it gets traction among your peers.

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