We are excited to announce a new Kanban View in BugTracker! We want everyone to give this a shot, so we’re introducing a new BugTracker plan that is free, forever! Apart from this, BugTracker is also now part of the Zoho Projects free plan.
The Kanban View is a representation of your bugs as cards placed in different columns. Each column represents a bug status, such as ‘Open,’ ‘In progress,’ and ‘To be tested.’ A simple drag and drop allows bugs to be moved from one column to another, provided the workflow you have defined, permits such a move.
The Kanban’s advantages are twofold. Firstly, it lets each employee in a project know what is required to be done at any time. When it comes to managers, it gets even better; it not just lets them keep track of work, but also helps to make improvements to the process itself.
To understand how this works, consider the problem of finding the best developer-to-tester-ratio for your team. What any outsider suggests could be based on his experience and not perfect in your context. This is where the Kanban can come in and give you first hand information. Say, you find your ‘In Progress’ column often getting longer than you’d like, it is possible that your development team is overloaded. Similarly, if your ‘To be tested’ column gets empty while others are occupied, you could try moving a few testers to other projects. By making such incremental tweaks over time, you can achieve significant improvements in productivity.
The BugTracker Kanban can also be viewed based on other properties such as severity, module and reproducibility. You can drag and drop bugs between columns here also. The old bugs view, can still be found under the ‘List View.’ This can now be viewed in a compact mode that lets you see more rows per screen.
The details of the bug are now shown in a universal popup. You see this same view, if you click on a bug in feeds, list view, Kanban view, or just about anywhere else. The filters that are active get reflected in the bug list on the left. You can switch through the bugs here, using your keyboard’s arrow keys.