Version 4.14 – What’s New this Month?

1. Bring the heat with Heat Maps in Kanbanize

Heat Maps in Kanbanize can become an essential part of your analytics reports as well as a great addition to your weekly presentations to take your projects’ vitals and steer it effectively. For those of you who need a refresher about what heat maps are – a heat map is, in all cases, a graphical representation of data where the individual values contained in a matrix are represented as various shades & colors. You’ve seen them used to showcase election results, weather events and geographical data.  In Kanbanize, the Heat Map shows data for cells of a board for cycle time, log time, block time by a total or average for a period.

Check the dedicated blog post about this feature and a tutorial video on how to configure it here.


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2.  Automatic Logged Time for you Meetings

At Kanbanize, we know that one of every team’s largest assets is its time management. If you can’t keep track of where your time is going, there’s a large chance you might waste it. Logging time for tasks in Kanbanize is a great way to pin down how much time you dedicate to each task on your board. But what about the meetings you participate in? In 4.14, we are introducing an automatic time tracker that will track the time from the moment you join a meeting to the moment you leave it so that it can be added to your user’s logged time in Kanbanize. *Make sure you’re added to the board of the task from which the meeting was started so the system can recognize your presence there.


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 3.  Large Boards Open 3X faster than ever 

If you’ve been using Kanbanize for a while, have large teams and complex projects, your boards are probably chock full of task cards which might create some lag when you’re opening up the project board. This performance enhancement means that everyone who has large boards full of tasks will be able to load them almost three times faster than before.


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4. Knowing the Status of User Invitations is easy like grey, blue, gone!

One of the first things an administrator does after setting up Kanbanize is to add his or her team by sending out email invitations with details about their new user. Email invitations to Kanbanize go out to all sorts of different email addresses and we wanted to make sure there is a way to track them on their way, the way one would track a package being shipped across the ocean. From now on, letter icons in user management will indicate whether an invitation has been sent, received and accepted by changing colours when each event occurs. Hover over the icon to check the status. When it disappears, you’ll know it’s been confirmed and you’re ready to go.


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 5. Scheduled meetings in the Kanbanize calendar can be synced with personal calendars using the email invitation

Any meeting you schedule in advance will automatically pop up in the Kanbanize calendar. But you probably know that already from our previous updates! However, we understand that there’s a whole variety of external calendars which need to be taken into consideration when important meetings are concerned. The email invitation for meetings hosted in Kanbanize will now include a flexible iCal file which can communicate with most calendars linked to mail clients so you keep sync every date across many calendar options.


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6. Add Users to any Chat you’re Part of so they can hop on at any time

One of the most efficient ways of communication in Kanbanize might just be the new Chat you have the option to create related to any task card. What’s great about it? It’s relevant, it’s pithy and on the spot! Typically, the creator of the chat only has say about who joins in the discussion but now, we are extending the opportunity to let any other user in the account in on the conversation.


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 7. Cumulative Logged Times for Subtasks in Reports

There are so many things I would rather be doing than adding up the logged times of the various subtasks attached to a card! In reports, you now have the option  to add up the separate logged times for each subtasks and present a cumulative in your reporting.

 Keep Kanbanizing!

2 thoughts on “Version 4.14 – What’s New this Month?

    1. Monica Georgieff Post author

      Hi there! Apologies about the delayed response on our end.
      This new addition can be found in the user management part of your admin panel (if you are an administrator).
      Your quote refers to the small icon that changes colour to indicate the status of an invitation.
      It appears right next to the invited email in the list. 🙂

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