Time Logging, Default Values and More Views
in Updated Kanban Task Manager for Outlook
Borgholm, Sweden, 9
kalmstrom.com Business Solutions is happy to announce
the release of a major update of the Outlook workgroup
edition of Kanban Task Manager. Version 7
gives several new possibilities: to create checklists
for tasks, to log time spent on tasks and to have
default values for the task tagging. Two new views
have also been added.
Kanban board with panes Kanban Task Manager visualizes Outlook tasks
as color coded cards on a kanban board with work
phases and lanes for grouping. The cards show important
information like subject, due date, responsible
Users can tag the tasks with phase (an Outlook Status
values), project and responsible, and lanes and
a custom parameter can also be added. These tag
values are used on the kanban board, in the filtering
and in the Kanban Task Manager Excel reports.
Right click on a card to display its details pane
to the right. Here users can manage the tasks in
various ways without having to open it.
Click on the search icon to open the left pane,
which gives a possibility to filter the tasks by
one or several projects and/or assignees and/or
Checklist and Time Logging
Version 7 of Kanban Task Manager gives two
new possibilities: users can create checklists for
tasks and log time spent on tasks.
The minutes registered by different users on a task
will be summarized and shown as hours in the details
pane and in the Kanban Task Manager statistics.
Checklists are helpful for tasks that are complicated
and include several steps. When a checklist is created
for a task, the task card on the kanban board shows
how many of the steps that have been completed.
Default tag values Kanban Task Manager gives default values
for the task parameters Responsible, Start Date,
Due Date, Project and Priority. The default values
can of course be changed or not used at all, but
by default, Kanban Task Manager gives these
suggestions in the tag dropdowns when users create
Responsible: the current user.
Start Date: the current date.
Due Date: the current date plus one
Project: the first project in the list.
If the user has filtered for Project/Responsible/Priority,
that value will be default instead of the value
set as default in the Kanban Task Manager
"Customers have asked for these features, so the
new version of Kanban Task Manager will be
highly appreciated", says Peter Kalmström, CEO and
Systems Designer at kalmstrom.com Business Solutions.
"We want users to always have the latest and best
versions of our products, so free upgrades are included
in all kalmstrom.com subscriptions."
The visualized tasks can be studied in more ways,
as there are various other views in addition to
the default kanban board. Tasks can be seen by month
or year, or on a timeline grouped by project or
assignee. The projects may also be visualized as
pie charts, where each slice of the pie represents
Version 7 of Kanban Task Manager has two
new views: the Daily Trend is a line chart over
the latest 30 days, that shows how many tasks are
open, new and closed each day. The Day Report shows
task activities for a specified day, by default
the current day minus one.
These views give managers good overviews of task
distribution over time and among projects and staff.
kalmstrom.com Business Solutions offers a trial
period of 30 days for the full version of Kanban
Task Manager. During the evaluation the kalmstrom.com
team gives full support, just as support and upgrades
are included for organizations that subscribe to
Kanban Task Manager.
The kalmstrom.com team
Peter Kalmström and his team develop and market
add-ons for Microsoft Outlook and SharePoint under
the brand name kalmstrom.com Business Solutions.
The company behind the brand is the family owned
Kalmstrom Enterprises AB, a Swedish business with
customers all over the world.
The common theme for the kalmstrom.com applications
is that they add functionality on top of the Microsoft
products they build on.