Create new card types and customise your card field colours

Posted on March 19th, 2012 in News & Updates by siddharta || No Comment

We just made a new release that takes card customisation to the next level.

Until today, we provided six predefined card types and colours – Feature, Bug, Support, Enhancement, Spike and Chore. These card types were associated with six coloured cards. You could use these six colours, but you couldn’t create your own card types. Also, custom fields that were rendered on the card had their colours auto-generated, and you couldn’t pick their colours.

You can now do both

Define new card types

With today’s release, you can define your own card types and select the colours you want for them. This allows you to create many more types than the standard ones in use in development teams.

But that is not all. You can now select colours for any custom fields. When the field value is displayed on the card, we take the colour that if you defined. If you haven’t defined anything, then we  auto-generate the colour as before. So what good is it to select colours for field values? Well, perhaps some options are important and you want to highlight them so that they draw the eye towards them.

Here are some examples of a few ways to use custom card types.

Example: A Portfolio Board

The example below shows a high level portfolio board with a number of initiatives. Each initiative is a card of a particular type — Differentiators, Table Stakes and Long Term Investments. By creating three new types of cards with different colours for each of these initiative types, we can easily see the distribution of initiatives that are “in flight”.

Portfolio Board

Example: An Integrated Risk Board

This example shows a usual board, with an additional risk tracking section to the right. The cards in this section are custom defined “risk” type cards with a yellow colour.

Example: Pinning notes to the board

Not every card type has to be something that has to be worked on or tracked. How about creating a type just for easy visualisation? The board below has cards with a custom “notes” type in blue. These notes are placed in one column and are purely there to write notes and make them visible on the board, just like you would with sticky notes.


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