You got several projects to manage, too many user stories to execute, ideas to put to action, not to forget – all this within due project timelines. (The pressure sounds real)
While project managers tend to multi-task yet if you see beyond the surface level there is only so much a human brain can take. So multi-tasking does not always work, let alone yield productive results.
Here comes in the Kanban board.
The Kanban board is one of the many agile project management methods, which in its most basic form, has three columns ‘To Do’, ‘In Progress, and ‘Done’. You might as well add a ‘Backlog’ column where you put your ideas and user stories. The K-board is the visual representation of the workflow and the cards represent user stories. As your team undergoes tasks, they take out cards from the backlog and place them on their current state in the workflow.
Just to make sure the work is done at a steady pace, no hassles, the Kanban imposes Work In- Progress (WIP) Limit. This indicates the number of work items that can exist in the In-Progress column at a given time. The idea behind the WIP Limit is to limit the switching between tasks, this way you can focus better. As soon as you exceed the WIP Limit, visible bottlenecks are seen and so you know you need to complete specific tasks before you overload yourself.
It is a pretty good approach as it uses visual elements that leave a greater impact on minds than normal text, so people are more likely to remember the information.
Here’s why you might want a digital Kanban board.
Kanban is great as it increases collaboration between the team. Well especially if you have a remote team the online Kanban board would be accessible anywhere, anytime.
You can integrate email, calendar, and other software tools to your Kanban board. Pretty cool, huh?
Online Kanban board comes handy when you want to refer to previous projects. It stores information that you can retrieve for later use.
I would prefer a Kanban board as it’s not just meant for project management, rather you can manage your personal tasks as well. It’s super convenient!