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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!