One of the principles I am following with Kanbo is that it is not intended to replace your existing task tracker, assuming you have one. Instead the plan is to extract just enough information to display the task board with draggable cards and leave task descriptions, comments, risk assessments, estimates, etc., to your existing tracker. For this to work we need to be able to link to the othe tracker.
I have added an HREF field to the cards. This will be used as the link to the other tracker (I am assuming your other tracker is a web application). This gave me the problem that there are now two obvious things to do when the user clicks on a card:
- show the details or editing page for the card; or
- show the page the card is linked to.
After scratching my head about this for a bit I came up with a user interface using one of the oldest metaphors in the windowing world: the MacPaint toolbox. The idea is that the highlighted item in the toolbox tells you what effect poking the board with the mouse will have. This illustration shows a temporary user interface—I need to replace the words with pictures and arrange for different cursors if I am to make this work like the real thing.
There is still a long way to go to meet the Kanbo vision, but this takes it one step nearer …