This past Saturday, August 6th, we released several enhancements to our kanban board that make it even easier to visualize your workflow and track throughput.

Rally Kanban Board

Rally Kanban Board

Visualization Improvements…

When it comes to the successful implementation of the kanban method, one of the fundamental aspects is being able to quickly assess the status of a project. Cards are one of the key components to visualizing the workflow and that’s where we’ve added the following new features:

  • Display a short summary of tasks on individual cards within the kanban board.
  • Choose to show the age of a card within a column. Aging is calculated based on the last revision when the card was placed in that column. You will see the age displayed on cards that have a column age greater than the amount of days you specify. The age information is appended to the cards after all cards are initially displayed on the board. The age information will not show for the first and last columns listed in the Kanban Settings dialog. (i.e. for the default Schedule State, the columns “Defined” and “Accepted” will not display the age information)
  • Add color to card headers by work item type. If this option is checked, stories will be green and defects will be red.

Note: These first three features can be enabled/disabled from the kanban board settings dialog. For more information, click here.

  • Filter by (tag) drop-down (located at the top of the kanban board) allows you to filter what cards are shown, by fading cards that do not have the selected Tag applied. When the filter is applied to the board, you can still interact (drag-and-drop, clicking links, expanding tray, etc.) with all cards displayed on the board.

Throughput Tracking Enhancements…

Another powerful addition to the kanban board is being able to granularly see how much work and of what kind (stories, defects) were completed in a given time period (aka – throughput) using tags and creating a throughput chart.  When a tag is chosen, any story matching that tag will be included even if it has children. This allows you to have a layered approach to Kanban and use tags to identify higher levels. For example, at Rally, we use “Feature” as a tag for the level above the actual stories that the teams run through their process.

Click here to read more about how to use the new awesome features!

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