04 May 2016

My Kanban Board SharePoint Tasks In New Web Part

Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint logotype We will soon release major updates of the SharePoint editions of Kanban Task Manager. Most of the new features are important to managers and team leaders, but the demo below shows something we have created to help users who only want to see their own tasks.

Project and tasks management
With Kanban Task Manager, SharePoint tasks are visualized as cards on a kanban board with project phases. This gives a good overview over how work on different projects proceed, and it is easy for managers to discover bottlenecks and make sure the processes run smoothly.
The new versions will give even more options for a quick survey of the situation, with new views as well as indications on the kanban cards. These features enhance Kanban Task Manager for all who need to understand the greater picture.

However, some users don't want or need to see more than the work they are supposed to take care of. These users can instead manage their tasks in the "My Open Tasks" web part.

My Open Tasks
Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint My Open Tasks web partThe web part can be inserted into any editable page on a SharePoint site where Kanban Task Manager has been activated. It shows each user the open tasks that are assigned to him or her, sorted first by priority and then by created date. The tasks have the same color coding as on the kanban board.

"My Open Tasks" has a search box, so that users can search among their tasks, but there is no other filter options and no phases and lanes. This makes the web part very simple to manage. Here user can study their tasks, open them and change status and other parameters without being disturbed by information they don't need.

Should the "My Open Tasks" web part not be enough, you can of course still open the kanban board and manage the tasks there instead. Users don't have to choose either the web part or the kanban board. They can switch between the web part and the kanban board as often as they like.

The demo below shows how I insert the "My Open Tasks" web part to the home page of a site where Kanban Task Manager is activated. To avoid extensive scrolling, I use a two column layout and add "My Open Tasks" to one column and the default web parts Newsfeed and Documents to the other column.

I will soon come back and tell you more about the valuable manager features in the new version of Kanban Task Manager!

Peter Kalmström
CEO and Systems Designer Business Solutions

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