A new online task management tool using the Agile practice of Kanban.
The Intervals team has completed the beta release of our Kanban board. And it’s open to anyone with an Intervals account (Don’t have one? Create one here). Our Kanban board is designed to help you visualize task workflow and interact with tasks using a simple online variation of the card sorting methodology introduced by Toyota over 60 years ago.
What is Kanban?
Kanban was created by Toyota in the 1950s to help control the logistical chain in a production system. In other words, it helped Toyota become more efficient at manufacturing automobiles. The Kanban process involves using cards, signifying messages, to move materials throughout the production facility.
Today, the Kanban concept has been re-invented and implemented in several online tools specifically targeted at Agile software development. These tools provide a high level overview of your current workflow. Online Kanban boards work by sorting cards into columns on a board, each column representing the card’s current position in the workflow. As the item moves from one phase to the next, the card is dragged to the next column.
Intervals Kanban Board
We developed the Kanban board online to make Intervals even more compatible with Agile. It works by plugging in to your existing account and providing an entirely new interface for managing your tasks. It’s surprisingly straightforward.
The Kanban board is rendered using the selected project and/or milestone. The columns are based on your current list of task statuses. Each “card” is a box representing a different task that can be dragged and dropped from one status to another, to signify the task making its way through your workflow.
Using Kanban in conjunction with Intervals allows for task workflow visualization. Working alongside your fellow team members, you can quickly see where a project is at. More specifically, Kanban can be used to:
- Identify which tasks are holding the project back
- Identify which tasks are close to completion
- Present a high level view of project progress to management
- Provide a springboard for your standups
- Quickly and easily update status for several tasks at once
Take a moment and try it out at kanban.myintervals.com. Let us know if you find any bugs or have any feedback. We’d love to hear from you.