1. New links between cards create a predecessor/ successor relationship
Linking our cards has become like second nature to Kanbanize users the world over! By creating relationships between our tasks, we essentially create a work breakdown that makes it easier to keep track of the hierarchy between the various tasks that need to be completed to make a project successful.
In 4.18, we’re adding the possibility to base relationships between cards not only on the parent, child and relative but also on predecessor and successor status. This allows them to be connected by their order, which was not implied in the previously available relationships.
The predecessor must be completed before the successor moves into In Progress. That is a bond that turns your Kanban board into a very controlled environment governed by the rules of productivity!
Read about the benefits and possible scenarios related to this new automation in the dedicated article.
2. New Runtime Policy triggers actions based on a predefined card count in a specific column, swimlane or cell
This release’s addition to runtime policies is a business rule we consider to be the natural continuation of the WIP limit policies we implemented last month. The Card Count policy was created to address the need for a trigger related to the accumulation or depletion of a certain number of cards in a column, swimlane or cell of your account.
There are a number of situations in which Administrators of an account in Kanbanize can take advantage of triggering actions based on card count. For example, in the event of the need to replenish the cards in the Requested column, a policy could send a notification about minimal card count reached and initiate that process automatically.
For more examples of use cases and how to set up the new policy, head to the dedicated article on the topic here.
3. Reorder My Queue to set a game plan for the day
What’s the first thing you do when you get to the office? Maybe, it’s your morning stand up meeting but, in most cases, you create a mental list of what you’ll start working on.
My Queue in Kanbanize is a visual representation of that mental list. That’s why, with this release, we’ve added opportunities to structure that list based on different properties and make important card details visible right on the retractable queue.
These enhancements include a drop down to allow you to select by which property to group cards in the queue and sort them. The options are colour, blocked, deadline, and priority which can be sorted in ascending and descending order.
4. Blocked cards will remain locked in the cell in which they were initially blocked
The inability to move blocked cards between cells is not just a feature of the predecessor/ successor linked relationship. It is also a feature of the entire Kanbanize system as it extends to manually blocked cards in any part of the process as well. Cards that are blocked will not be able to proceed to further parts of the process using the drag’n’drop to change positions before they become unblocked, either automatically through the runtime policy or manually by a team lead.
5. All linked content from Kanbanize will appear in the same window
Here’s another enhancement meant to speed up the way you gather information from your board. From now on, Kanbanize card hyperlinks appearing in the description, any link-type custom field or the external link field of a card will open in the same window. No pending refresh, no second tab. This addition will help bring you closer to the relevant information you need in no time.
6. Save cards with the familiar keyboard command CTRL + S
We have made it possible to use the familiar CTRL + S keyboard shortcut command in order to update changes you make to your cards. It’s a great way to speed things up after adding a comment, subtask or content to the description.
7. In MOBILE: Central Login and Performance Boost in Android
The Kanbanize mobile application for Android is getting two significant performance enhancements that are meant to improve its usability for people on the go. The central login allows you to switch easily between accounts, if you’re participating in different Kanbanize subdomains with different permissions, roles and users. You’ll also immediately notice the higher speed of the application as a whole as it reacts to your every command and need instantaneously.
8. USER REQUESTS: Show/Hide Type Icon & Name Board in 30+ Characters
As you might have noticed if you’ve been Kanbanizing for a while, we take our user requests very seriously. This release, you’ll notice two customization additions meant to enhance the way you’re Kanbanizing with your team every day.
- Now you can name your Kanban boards in 30+ characters
- Choose to show/hide the Type icon in the cards on the board using your task view settings