All About Kanban Swimlanes In Workload Management Tools

All About Kanban Swimlanes In Workload Management Tools

by Alex Noah — 2 years ago in Development 2 min. read

People tend to think about some sets of cards when they talk about Kanban. Practicality and efficiency also become two characteristics that people often tie with Kanban in general. After all, many organizations use Kanban to give signs on the raw materials and guarantee the timeliness in delivering those materials.

Yet, Kanban doesn’t always come as a series of cards on many workload management tools. Today, we know this Japanese-made concept can be present in the form of a swimlane.

So, what are Kanban swimlanes, and how do they work in workload management tools? This article will discuss more on those matters.

What are Kanban Swimlanes?

We may remember Kanban as a single absence board device-like that contains a lot of cards for different purposes. Kanban swimlanes also have the same board. The only difference lies in the divisions on that board.

When we talk about the swimlanes, these lines are the horizontal lines that divide the board into different sections. As a result, the Kanban board resembles Microsoft Excel tables with their rows, columns, and cards that we can only find in Kanban systems.

With Kanban swimlanes, team members can conveniently see more specific parts of their project completions. By toggling up and down the Kanban board’s menu, team members can see their names, assignments, and projects in a column and another member in a different column.

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How do Kanban Swimlanes Work in Workload Management Tools?

The organizations with Kanban swimlanes in workload management tools tend to be large-sized organizations with several complex tasks. At some points, these workload management tools often permit sub-swimlanes in the same Kanban board.

Project managers and team members can collapse or extend the swimlanes to see more about the cards for each member. A decent project management tool should be able to provide options for the users to set the swimlanes horizontally, vertically, or both. Then, the sub-swimlanes for each swimlane will follow.

For example, one row with the same primary code has a horizontal swimlane. The horizontal swimlane should always have horizontal sub-swimlanes, no matter how many are the sub-swimlanes.

We should create another vertical swimlane if we want to have vertical sub-swimlanes, even though we don’t change boards or create a new file in our tool. Only then can we attach vertical sub-swimlanes to the vertical swimlane that we’ve created.

Teamhood as The Workload Management Tool to Support Kanban Swimlanes and Sub-Swimlanes

We believe Teamhood has it all to be a reliable project management tool for your organizations. Teamhood doesn’t only support a wide range of project management techniques.

Instead, Teamhood is also a project (or workload) management tool that can support Kanban swimlanes and sub-swimlanes in large amounts. When we compare Teamhood with our other competitors (such as Trello or Jira), we’ll see that we build Teamhood to erase complexity in managing projects.

Teamhood’s Kanban interfaces have simple designs, which means the designs make complex things more understandable and actionable. Furthermore, Teamhood has easy-to-understand manuals, which add to the convenience of navigating through Teamhood’s Kanban interfaces.

Alex Noah

Alex is senior editor of The Next Tech. He studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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