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How can the Heat Maps in Analytics help your team keep the vitals of your Kanban board in check?
In Release 4.14, we take the phrase ‘Bring the Heat!’ to a whole other level. As a testament to Kanban’s visual nature, we are adding more flexible, at-a-glance ways to interpret the data you generate on your boards to the Analytics module. Heat Maps are graphical representations of individual values on a matrix and use various shades of different colours in order to help distinguish the collected data in each cell of the matrix. Heat Maps can be used to monitor anything from thermal values, geographical heights to migrations of people. In Kanbanize, it shows data for cells of a board for cycle time, logged time, block time by a period, on average or as a total of all the cards in that cell during the defined period.
How to configure Heat Maps in Kanbanize ?
Take a peek below to find out how to make sure you’re using the Heat Map at full capacity. There are many different scenarios in which the Heat Map is the perfect way to present information to your team or discuss various trends in the way you work.
First, of all, keep in mind Heat Maps are on a per board level just like the other options in the dedicated Analytics module. Access it right from the Analaytics link on your board. The last addition is the Heat Map tab, which has a customizable panel of its own to filter the data you see on the Kanban board matrix representative of the map itself.
You can define the range of time you would like the new Heat Map to focus on for your purposes. Here is where you can decide on what basis you’ll monitor its results – weekly, monthly, or since the beginning of the project. You can tweak this whenever you decide.
*It is important to note that the graph will only show the times that have been accumulated between the FROM and TO dates you set as a period. This means that if a card is started on the 1st of the current month and finished on the 30th of the current month, but the FROM and TO dates are 10th and 20th respectively, the cycle time would be considered 10 days and not 30 days.*
Select what you’d like the Heat Map to measure. In the case of Kanban boards, you can get the most out of visualizing cycle times, block time and logged times per cell of the board to figure out where your roadblocks are and what is slowing down the system. Changing the units means you can visualize the individual values that make up the data in days, hours, minutes and seconds based on your preference.
As the cells in the Heat Map are made up of the intersections between a column and a swimlane, there are ways to remove any swimlanes and columns by using the checkbox board options and control what data you see. Use it to zero in on what is most relevant for the particular moment.
The settings of a particular Heat Map generation will bе preserved automatically so you don’t have to configure the same search every time you enter the heat maps tab.
If you want to keep the results generated in the cumulative or average format per cell, click download and restart your filters for another new Heat Map.
When can you use Heat Maps?
There are countless ways you can make use of the Heat Maps you generate in Kanbanize. For example, imagine you’re running a support board and want to check how much time all cards spend in the requested area before somebody takes care of them. Heat Maps to the rescue! You will also benefit from the Heat Map if you use block time to indicate external dependencies or issues in the board flow and, furthermore, use the total block time to show how much time was lost due to blockages.
Bring the heat using the Heat Map in Kanbanize and color-code the most important data of your Kanban board! If you need some more information or need someone to show you around this feature contact our product experts.