Tools & Technologies

Viewing Activities in IBM Connections as a Kanban Board

ISW Development, the team behind the Kudos Badges gamification engine for IBM Connections, has recently taken the wraps of its IBM Connect 2014 announcement: Kudos Boards. The new offering transforms Activities in IBM Connections into a visual drag-and-drop Kanban Board style interface, for new ways of working with tasks and entries.

We love Activities in Connections. They are awesome! Working together on projects and leveraging Social Tools is a very powerful way of getting stuff done. However some Activities can get BIG! Sometimes users want to look at things in a slightly different way or organise the Activity slightly differently. Sometimes users don’t need to see everything that is going on but just one part. Sometimes it would be easier if Activities was more VISUAL.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could visualise an Activity…as a Board….similar to a Kanban Board, so you can drag and drop to organise Tasks and Entries. Wouldn’t it be neat if you could filter the content of your Boards by Person, by Priority, by Colour code, or by any other filter you want? Imagine a visual Board where you can quickly create new sections….or Lists. One click to create an Entry or To Do……then quickly drag it to another List….or back. Wouldn’t it be great if Boards could refer to other Boards. Wouldn’t it be great if when you updated your Board everyone else that has that Board open has it refreshed instantly. Now wouldn’t it be even better if you could take an existing Connections Activity and do all of this, and syncronize in real time every change back into the Activity. Best of both worlds!

Now take it to another level and imagine a way to visually group Boards/Activities together by category, or project type, or what ever you want! Pin your favorite Boards for quick access even. Kudos Boards does this and a whole lot more all seamlessly integrated into the IBM Connections interface

More details will be forthcoming next week, and since ISW has a booth at IBM Connect 2014, you will be able to see it on the expo show floor.

A couple of comments:

1. A visual layout of a project provides an insight into current status and next actions that a flat or hierarchical list is usually unable to do. Even the way people have piles of paper or reading on their desks is reflective of such a visual-based way to manage current work, and in various occupations Kanban Board style interfaces are used for getting work. I’ve seen my coffee barista do this whenever a new order is received.

2. Being able to go back-and-forth between the list view of an Activity and the new Boards view is excellent. Some people will naturally prefer one over the other, and with Boards, they will now have a choice to do something beyond looking at the list.

3. Organizations that purchase and deploy Kudos Boards will need to do some rapid experimentation and learning about the best way to lay out the Sections within Activities. By section is one of the ways you can visualize the structure of an Activity, so making it work for a board-style visual layout will take some trial-and-error.

4. In the SharePoint world, there is a similar offering that is worth checking out: KanBo.

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