4 Benefits of Boards on BrightWork

Micheál Clesham
By | Updated December 13, 2019 | 4 min read

Agile Boards on BrightWork for SharePoint On-Premises enable project managers to move through work quickly, addressing risks, tasks, and issues in a visual, modern way.

The Kanban framework focuses on ‘cards’ presented on ‘Boards’. Boards are a series of columns in which cards are moved depending on their status within the project. Kanban is popular amongst Agile development teams as it allows:

    • Flexibility
    • Focus on continuous delivery
    • Reduction of wasted work / wasted time
    • Increased productivity
    • Increased efficiency
    • Team members’ ability to focus.


In order to make use of Boards within SharePoint, you need to ensure that you have the latest version of BrightWork installed.


Why use Boards on BrightWork?

1. Boost Productivity

By viewing the entire process at a glance, project managers and team members can easily identify bottlenecks ahead of time. The Kanban framework focuses on the flow of work without being tied down to time-boxed iterations in which the project needs to be completed.

Boards on BrightWork enables you to visualize the entire workflow by mapping and prioritizing tasks across a virtual board. This allows project managers to easily manage the work and ensure a smooth, continuous flow.


2. Collaborate Together

Task Management is rooted in the core of project management and Boards on BrightWork offers an aesthetically pleasing, visual guide to project tasks for all team members. This not only informs the team of the number of tasks in play but also their status within the process.

By focusing on the efficient delivery of smaller tasks, teams can simultaneously increase their output and optimize their process.

3. Update Effortlessly

Update and change your projects comfortably with simple drag and drop actions on the Kanban boards. Instead of clicking through to a task page, making the relevant change and clicking out, simply drag your task-card intuitively without fear of making a mistake.

The result or final location of your movement is instantly visible without clicking through to other web pages, subfolders or drop-down menus. Updating your Kanban Board will also dynamically update other associated data such as project timelines.

Watch how you can configure BrightWork boards with WIP limits.



4. Leverage Agile Best Practice

One of the reasons that people are drawn to the Agile Framework is its flexibility to ever-changing requirements and timescales. Every company is different and every project presents new challenges.

Boards on BrightWork is the perfect tool to overcome roadblocks as it enables you to easily adjust the status of your tasks, issues, and risks to best meet the project’s best needs. All with a focus on flow and maintaining velocity.

Work In Progress limits (WIP Limits) is a key component of Kanban methodology and can be set on columns and groups on columns in BrightWork.

The Agile Board web part is included in several project management templates from BrightWork, including Project Lite and Standard.

Any process with a flow (steps or stages), such as tasks, risks, issues, and change requests, can be managed using Kanban Boards.

Capabilities include:

  • Search: The search functionality allows you to search for, and display all cards that contain the search term.
  • Swimlanes: Swimlanes allow you to group your cards horizontally by a specific team member or department.
  • Column Card Count: Get an instant count of all cards within a column or group of columns.
  • Grouping Columns: Group two or more columns together under a common heading to add structure to your process.
  • WIP Limit: WIP (Work In Progress) Limits can be set for columns or columns that are grouped together. A column with more cards than the set WIP Limit will be highlighted.
  • Hide Columns and Swimlanes: Choose which Columns, groups of columns, or Swimlanes you want to collapse to view the exact information you need.




Agile Project Management Resources

Agile Boards for SharePoint On-Premises

Configuring SharePoint for Agile Project Management [Webinar Recording]

How to Plan an Agile Sprint

Managing a Remote Agile Team

5 Stages of the Agile System Development Life Cycle


Micheál Clesham
Micheál Clesham

Micheál is a SaaS product marketing specialist with BrightWork. For the better part of the decade, our in-house host has created engaging webinars and content with insights from Project Management Gurus and thought leaders. His go-to theme is Project Management best practices including project communication, collaboration and agile ways of working. Outside of work, Micheál likes to find new stories through podcasts, movies, sports, and travel.

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