Kanban

What is a Kanban?

A Kanban board a visual project organization tool that displays tasks to be done and the overall progress of the team visually. It is also generally used in agile development methodology to do the stand up meetings and keep track of the project progress.

When someone works on a project task, he moves his task from one column to another as he completes it. This makes it easier for the rest of the team to know where he is and how the team is going.

The higher in a column a topic is, the higher priority it has. The importance of a topic can be relative. For example, you could decide to finish small tasks that are not so important. Working on such tasks first allows you to empty the board and make things move forward faster. Or you could decide to work on more complex tasks of higher values early on to secure the next meeting.

Reordering task priorities are as simple as drag-and-dropping. One of the great benefits of Kanban boards is to be able to edit them easily.

How to use a Kanban board?

Each project you create in Bricks has a Kanban, one per working group actually. You can find the board on the top menu on the Project page.

Each time you create a topic, this topic is visible in a special column of the Kanban, the “BACKLOG”. The backlog is the “reverse log” of all tasks to be done. You can also prioritize topics by moving more strategic tasks on top of the column.

When you decide to include a topic in the current working sprint, you simply drag the topic to the “TO DO” column.

Each project member moves his own tasks to the appropriate columns as he progresses in the workflow, until the task is completed and can then be moved to the “DONE” column!

Reorganize columns order

It is possible to reorganize the columns order, rename them to fit your working group workflow and create a new one, just like when adding a new step in the workflow.

To reorganize the columns order, hover the mouse cursor over the upper-left corner of each column and drag the column to the position you want.

Create new columns

To create a new column, click on ‘Add’ button in a form of a plus sign on the right side of the board, enter a name and click ‘Create’ button.

Rename a column

To rename a column, click on ‘Edit’ option at the top of the column, enter a new name, and click ‘Edit’.

Create a topic directly in a column

To create a topic on the Kanban board, click on ‘Add’ option at the top of the column, add a title of the topic, add a short description, attach images, click on ‘Create’ button.

Kanban and teams

Each team have a separate Kanban and team members must be given visibility to tasks and projects that they are part of. Each Kanban is specifically designed so that you can manage project permission in a simple but an efficient way.

Now you know more about Bricks Kanban. It’s time to get hands on and try it out for yourself. If you have any questions or suggestions how to improve our agile Kanban for architecture, we are very much open to great ideas!