View and manage work by status (kanban style)

Many product teams use shared Kanban boards to enhance visibility and increase the flow of work. It’s a great tool that helps teams visualize who is doing what work and the status of their software development projects.

Aha! provides a Kanban style workflow view for managing who features are assigned to and where those features are in their workflow statuses. 

Enable workflow screen

The workflow screen is available for every account, but you will need to enable it on a product by product basis. You can turn it on instantly under Settings -> Product -> Navigation. Just check the button under Features for Workflow to enable the agile board for Kanban or Scrum work. Once enabled, you will see the new option for navigating to the workflow screen under Features -> Workflow. You now have an agile board to view the status of all of your features. The toggle in the upper left allows you to switch between Master Feature cards and Feature cards on the board. For more help with navigation customizations see Customize your Aha! navigation.

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Customize your workflow board

Easily customize your Kanban board to hide or display the rows and columns you want with a single click by clicking on Configure Board. You can choose which users you wish to view and what status columns you want to show via this configuration. Also, don't forget that you can fully customize your statuses and workflows for every product through your product settings.

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Customize your Feature and Master feature cards

You can choose to display additional information such as tags, due dates, custom fields and more. Click the green gear icon at the top of the Features > Workflow board to customize these cards. Customizations added here are unique to your view of the workflow. Customizing the expanded and collapsed views allows you to have quick access to the information you feel is important at a glance -- removing the need to click into the card's details.

View across products and releases

You can view the kanban-style workflow board across releases within a product and across products as well, if the team members are shared resources for multiple roadmaps. Filter just to the view that's needed by editing the "Products" filter, or by adding filters (like Release name).

Features are generally ordered based on their order on the Features -> Board, which represents the prioritization rank of the feature within a release. If multiple releases are shown in the workflow board, features in earlier releases will appear first, and within a release group based on the Features -> Board rank. If multiple products are present, then the release date is still used and features will appear in release date order.

View time or story point estimates

You can view work remaining in story points or time at the top of each column. Data is updated automatically as you change status or assignee, to give you a real-time view of your team’s progress. Select from the Customize dropdown menu to show or hide additional estimates on your board.

You have the ability to view work based on three metrics:

  • Work estimate: this is the total of the feature estimates within each column
  • Work remaining: this is total of the work estimates minus the work done (across all features in each column)
  • Work done: this is total of the work that has been logged under the Log time button in a feature (across all features in each column)

You can also view the total work remaining across all columns for each user. This appears to the right of the user’s name, and is the sum of all feature estimates assigned to each user. 

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