Gain clarity and balance workload
After realizing that “Clarity trumps effectiveness” I wanted to create a task manager that weighted clarity over everything else. This app should emphasize your content without anything else disturbing the eye. This is the reason why I ended up with a task board that has no menu bars, buttons or what so ever that not directly supports the main purpose of gaining clarity.
Clarity is also the reason why every task can vary in size to fit the full description. I find it very important that you can digest the content of your board in a glimpse without having to navigate further. If everything is visible to you it is easier to comprehend and will at the same time give a sense of your actual workload. If you can’t comprehend all the data at once it is probably a sign that you should try to lower your workload by completing work in progress instead of starting new activities.
Task management should be fun, easy and fast
One of the primary pitfalls that prevents people from using a task manager on a daily basis is that it requires discipline and takes up time. To fight these hard facts I try to do everything I can to live up to Kanbanas mantra that “Task management should be fun, easy and fast”.
Buttons and menu bars are replaced by gestures which hopefully adds a natural and smooth interaction with the board. creating and positioning a new task or stage on the board can be done in a single movement. Repositioning tasks and stages can be done in a single movement. The board is custom made to build the exact drag and drop experience I wanted and hopefully this adds up to a task board where you actually think that managing your life is enjoyable.
Simplicity over features
I know Personal Kanban enthusiasts (like myself) will miss WIP limits, lead time and cycle time like SCRUM practitioners will miss story point estimates and sub tasking. But this app is first of all about gaining clarity so if a feature compromises clarity it will have a hard time getting into the development pipeline. Not said that there will be no new features but that features like these will be selective add-ons so that the core product remains uncluttered, clean and simple.
I hope that you will enjoy this first version of Kanbana for iPad and as always your feedback is crucial to improve the product and keep my motivation going.