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A short Guide to Kanban Project

*Disclaimer* The visuals used in this guide is only for tutorial purpose. The actual interface of the Kanban Project would be different. The purpose of using this simple interface for the tutorial is to enable a better understanding of the features. Let’s start with the kanban board at a glance.

The workspace

Kanban Project overview

As you can observe, this is the working space in the Kanban project. On the left side, you can see the backlogs titled “task B1” “task B2” and ‘task B3”.These can be simply dragged and added to the kanban board. Suppose we would like to add “Task B2” under the queue, we simply drag and drop it there.

After moving a card from backlog to column

As you can see, the card has been moved from the backlog to the queue.

Swimlanes

Now, one useful feature which Kanban Project has is the inclusion of Swimlanes. These are the horizontal lines that separate one project or product from another.

Swimlanes in Kanban Project

The “team 2” in the above picture can be the name of a  project or product or different teams in your kanban board. Now, suppose you would want to create and manage a new project, all you have to do is simply click on the “+swimlane” button that is highlighted in the above picture. I am now going to create a swimlane titled “demo project” 

New project titles “demo project” created with the help of swimlanes

This is how the new swimlane will look like. Now, in this project, you can customize your cards, column, and other features.

Kanban Project Columns

Let us say we want to have three columns say: Introduction, explanation, and completion. All you have to do is add those columns with the “+ column” that is highlighted in the picture below

How to add columns in kanban project

Once you are done with that you will have your columns that looks like this

Three new columns created in the kanban board

Kanban cards

Now, you can start adding tasks to these columns. For example, we would like to add a few tasks. All we need to do is navigate to the button that says “new task” and that will automatically add new kanban cards to the board. Let’s name these cards and see the various customizations available.

You can observe that I have added three cards to the Introduction column. You can also have a look at the various customizations that you can bring to these cards. For example, you can assign priority status to these cards, you can also set the due date for these tasks and assign someone who would be responsible for the completion of these tasks.

In this guide, we have seen :

  • How to move a task from the backlog management to the columns.
  • How to create new swimlanes in the kanban board
  • Creating new columns on the board
  • Adding new cards/task to the columns
  • Customizations that are available in the kanban cards.

Once you have set the due date and priority level along with other customizations, you will have cards that look something like this.

You can notice that three of the tasks have been customized with a due date, priority level, efforts required, and capacity.

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