Understanding Project Trackers, Kanban Boards and Trello [Dev Concepts #29]

In this article of the series Dev Concepts, we take a look at Project Trackers, Kanban Boards, and Trello.
Project Trackers, Kanban Boards and Trello

Project trackers, as a term, are a simple tool that manages the project schedule, plan, assign, arrange, track and visualize project tasks. Trackers are an important concept in software project management in general. Each task may have a description, sub-tasks, assigned people, deadline, and other fields.trello-with-people

Most project trackers visualize and organize the work on the project with Kanban boards. A Kanban board is an agile project management tool designed to help visualize work limits, the work in progress, and maximize team efficiency. In general, it uses cards arranged in columns. Each card describes a task to be done or an issue to be handled. In general, it uses cards arranged in columns. Each card describes a task to be done or an issue to be handled. Typically columns on the Kanban board are:

  1. Backlog – Usually, the tasks staying upper in the backlog have higher priority.
  2. InProgress – The Column holds tasks that are currently taken by the team.
  3. Done – This is a collection of already completed tasks.

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EachĀ taskĀ passes through allĀ columns. On a daily or weekly basis, theĀ project managerĀ checks theĀ project progress,Ā discussesĀ the tasks and their priorities, and rearranges the order of the tasks in the Backlog. ThatĀ process of workĀ can be defined as “agile“. It means thatĀ tasksĀ and theirĀ prioritiesĀ change regularly, but everyone in the teamsĀ always knows the progress, and whichĀ taskĀ to do next. Teams that use project management apps typically track more than one project at a time. The software helps them figure out when toĀ scheduleĀ work based on when things need to get done and the human resources available to do them.

tasks-complete-personIn conclusion, a Project Tracker is a tool that lets project managers measure the progress of their team as they execute tasks and use resources. Itā€™s an essential tool to keeping projects on schedule and within their budgets. They are a great way to make your tasks come to life and visualize your upcoming week or monthā€™s tasks.

Lesson Topics

In this tutorial we cover the following topics:
  • Project Trackers
  • Kanban Boards
  • Trello

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