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16 May 2016

New SharePoint Task Views In Updated Kanban Task Manager

Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint logotypeToday I am happy to announce the release of Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint V5. This major update has several new features, among them the new Month and Project views and more graphic indicators on the task cards. You can see them in the demo below.

Month View
The Month View gives a good overview of when tasks are planned to start and end. The time slots can be dragged to change the start and due dates, and events can also be edited or created directly from this view. The Month View is displayed either as a calendar or as a timeline, where tasks can be grouped in various ways.

Project View
In the Project View each project is visualized in the form of a pie chart, so managers and team leaders can quickly see  how many tasks there are in each phase of each project. Only phases that have tasks for the specific project are shown.
Kanban Task Manager Project view in SharePoint

Completed icon and Overdue indications
When a task on the kanban board is overdue, it is indicated with a red left border.
Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint Overdue icon
When users fill out the % Completed field in the task, the value will be shown with an icon on the task in the kanban view. In the image below the task is nearly finished.
Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint Completed icon
If the Trip to India task above had been overdue, it should have had the red right border, but it should also have had the rest of the completed icon marked with red – a strong "Finish this now" signal!

Move task to another site
The new version of Kanban Task Manager has a new feature that has been requested by some subscribers with many installations: a possibility to move tasks to any other site within the farm/tenant where Kanban Task Manager is activated. Our developers have made this very easy. When the admin has entered the URLs to the sites users should be allowed to move tasks to in the settings, users can just right click on the task and select a URL.

Phase Columns
To allow users with few phases and big screens to use their horizontal space better, we have added a possibility to use more than one column of tasks in the same phase. This is also a subscriber request, that we are happy to be able to implement.

In the image below there are many incoming tasks that are waiting to be moved through the phases. Therefore the "Not Started" phase has been given 2 columns, which shows more tasks with less scrolling and gives a better overview.
Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint with two columns in the first phase
My Open Tasks
Last week I told you about the "My Open Tasks" web part, that can be added to any editable page in sites where Kanban Task Manager has been activated. I hope it will be appreciated by users who only want to see their own tasks.
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Add-in update
There are two SharePoint editions, a sandboxed solution and an add-in, and we will very soon update the add-in with the features I have described above. It is only a matter of days, so you will not have to wait for long if you prefer the add-in edition.

Upgrade
kalmstrom.com upgrade iconI recommend current subscribers of Kanban Task Manager to take advantage of the free upgrade benefit that is included in all kalmstrom.com subscriptions.

Try it
kalmstrom.com download iconIf you have not yet tried Kanban Task Manager, you are welcome to evaluate the solution.

You can either try the sandboxed solution now, or wait for my next blog post about Kanban Task Manager, where I will announce the release of Kanban Task Manager SharePoint Add-in V2!

Peter Kalmström
CEO and Systems Designer
kalmstrom.com Business Solutions