Version 3.8 – What’s New?

Everyone,

We are once again as much happy as you are, to announce the new Kanbanize release – 3.8. It is not only the new features, fixes and enhancements that we applied, we also have some new team members on board. Below you may find a summary of the new functionality (grouped in chunks) that is available in Kanbanize as of now.

Usability and User Experience Boost

1. Copy board new functionality

It’s a big leap towards the easy and quick recreation of a new project with all of its boards and corresponding tasks. Let’s say your company has just finished a successful project on theme X in country Y. Now you’d like to apply this know how (i.e. keep the same theme) in country Z. Well, Kanbanize now provides such an option. As a result, you can keep all the team members, tasks and assignees, copy them in a blink of an eye to a new board and start your work.

We have added several options to choose from when copying a board. Usually people would like to keep the same members with their corresponding permissions in the new board, so now this is possible. Moreover, you can choose whether to copy all the tasks from the old board to the new board or just put them into the new board’s Backlog (and start Planning again). Last but not least it is possible to keep the task types and assignees upon copying.

Enhanced edit board

2. Drag and drop to reorder board swim-lanes

Kanban is about boards, visual boards and everyone would expect to use drag and drop functionality to modify stuff. Until now, the only available way to reorder swim-lanes was via directional arrows. Everybody expected this to be available with drag and drop, so we introduced it. Go to Edit Board mode and drag the swim-lane you want to reorder it.

Drag and drop swim-lane

3. Copy cards directly from context menu

First, you could take a quick look at this article of ours, outlining the core benefits of card linking in Kanbanize. Or said in brief – this feature helps you create relations between multiple cards without sacrificing neither the agility of the team, nor its lean culture. As an example in a real life scenario, let’s say you have two boards with regards to sales – trials and paid subscriptions. You achieve your sales goal – the client is converted, so now just go to the trial card and without switching context add a quick link to a new card about the paid subscription.

With Kanbanize 3.8 you can quickly bind cards by right clicking on one, choose Link/Copy and then select whether to make a simple copy, parent/child relationship or a mirror. If you are creating a new parent or child, upon click you’ll be able to choose the board where the new card will be created and then create it. Upon saving, the new card will be linked to the original one instantly.

Copy cards directly from context menu

4. Select/Save/Reset which board settings when exporting

Usually every Agile/Lean shop does daily or weekly standups in order to keep everything in sync. What comes helpful is to have a board configured by some criteria, so that you can export its data and analyze it during the standup. Now, imagine you have to do this configuration every day or week – it could be cumbersome.

With Kanbanize 3.8, go to Export >> Export Data >> do the configuration once and then save it so it is there the next time. Alternatively you can reset all the configurations made and start from scratch.

Save export settings

5. Add template to an existing task

As you already know, task templates are used to quickly create complex tasks with predefined attributes and subtasks per project. Read more about it here.

Kanbanize 3.8 makes possible the following real life scenario:

  • have some task templates
  • create tasks but don’t describe them yet (almost anyone of us likes to add tasks only by title)
  • hold a meeting, do some research, talk to people i.e. anything that helps you mature the task
  • as a result, the task could match one of the existing templates, so you can easily open it, load the template and populate the task attributes on the go

Templates for existing tasks

Time Tracking Improvement

This is the next big chunk of functionality added in Kanbanize 3.8. It covers and solves some interesting real life cases, so we decided to outline them in a separate post here. Take a look and see if you can recognize your own scenario.

With regards to what the new improvements do exactly, read below.

My worklog

1. Logged time is now visible on tasks

From Task/Board settings, you can choose whether to display the logged time (as an icon or text) on a card. In addition you can include logged time with children and subtasks. Provided the log time is displayed on a card, click it in order to open the log time window.

2. My worklog available

As My Queue gives you a quick glimpse of your work across projects and boards, the same is done by My worklog situated at the bottom of My Queue panel. Depending on the time-range you select (today, yesterday, this week/month, last week/month) you’ll be able to see how much time is logged against your account. In addition, you can easily view and click to access the cards you have logged time on.

3. Worklog reports enhancement

We added new stuff to the existing Worklog and Timesheet reports as follows:

  • task size added as a column to Worklog per task report results
  • changed the time format from h:m to h.m in Worklog per task report results
  • time distribution per project / board added as a column to Timesheet per person report
  • this week added as date selector option in Timesheet per person report
  • raw data sheet available in exported Excel file from Timesheet per person report
  • show empty values is available as a search criterion in Timesheet per person report
  • “Author” replaced by “Time logged by:” in search criteria in Timesheet per person report

Enjoy your Kanbanize edition and don’t forget to share your feedback with us, so that we make sure the next version is at least two times more exciting!

 

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About Bisser Ivanov

Keen on innovation, exploration or simply trying new things. Would that be a technology, new methodology or just cool gadgets. Got almost 2 decades of experience working as Software Engineer, Team Lead, QA/Processes Manager and Managing Director in mid-size and large scale Software Companies: Prosyst, SAP, Software AG.

3 thoughts on “Version 3.8 – What’s New?

  1. Adrian Selby

    I’ve noticed recently the Board Messages popup appearing on the bottom right of the browser window. It interferes with the scroll bar. Can it be turned off?

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  2. Ralf K.

    Hi Peter, is there a possibility to switch the interface language to German?
    King regards from the Baltic Sea
    Ralf

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    1. Peter | Kanbanize

      Hi Ralf,

      It’s Peter here. Thank you for your question first.

      Currently, it is not possible to localize Kanbanize interface from within the tool itself. However, since it is accessed via browser, you can use any website translation service to localize the interface as per your preferences. Many of our clients prefer Google website translator for example.

      Regards,
      Peter | Kanbanize

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