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18 December 2014

SharePoint Kanban Board With Swim Lanes

Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint logotype In the beginning of next year we will release version 3 of Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint, and today I can demonstrate how the new swim lanes will work.

Group and filter tasks
Kanban Task Manager visualizes SharePoint Tasks on a virtual kanban board in SharePoint. The tasks can be filtered by Project, Responsible  and Priority. In each installation it is also possible to add a fourth, custom, parameter to filter by.
Filter Kanban Task Manager tasks
Version 3 of Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint will of course keep all the filter options, but it will also have a new way of grouping or sorting: swim lanes. These lanes are horizontal rows on the kanban board that help user group tasks. Each lane works independently, but when tasks are filtered, the filter will apply to all lanes.

The Kanban Task Manager swim lanes are created as standard SharePoint list items, and that means that you can give them any name and have as many or few as you wish. In the demo below I have used the example data for evaluators, which has five lanes.

Drag and drop tasks
We have always given a possibility to drag and drop tasks in Kanban Task Manager. The first version could drag and drop between phases, and in version 2 we made the sequence stick when you drag and drop tasks within a phase.

In the third version of Kanban Task Manager it will also be possible to drag tasks between lanes, so now we give three drag options: between phrases, within phases and between lanes. When dragging between lanes you can drop the task in any phase you wish and on any place within that phase.


More news
I have shown some more new features in an earlier blog post: Drag SharePoint Tasks With Mouse, Keys Or Finger. Please read it if you want to know more about dragging tasks on a SharePoint kanban board or about the new Zoom possibility and the enhanced Search.

After the release of  Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint V3  we will start updating the Outlook versions with the same features, so I will have reasons to come back to Kanban Task Manager!

The video above has been replaced with the finished version.

By Peter Kalmstrom
CEO and Systems Designer
kalmstrom.com Business Solutions