Using the Kanban board within the Iteration Planner


The Kanban board in Manuscript is useful for visualizing what cases are being worked on and where they are in your development process.

Accessing Kanban

To access the Kanban board for any milestone, click on the Kanban drill-down button displayed on the top-right corner of that milestone’s column in the Iteration Planner.


Using the Kanban board

Once you’re looking at the Kanban view, you can easily create Kanban columns and drag cases from one column to another. Kanban columns exist on a per-planner basis, but they can be added, subtracted, or re-ordered separately for each milestone’s Kanban board. There’s also a handy “Planned Cases” column which holds all cases in this milestone which haven’t yet been put in a Kanban column.

The Kanban board inherits projects from its parent planner. Since it drills down into a single milestone,  it will only show cases from projects that exist in the planner to which that milestone belongs. For more information on how planners are configured, see the “Getting Started” section here.

Clicking on the “+” button in a Kanban column provides a nice interface for adding cases to the Kanban board. You can either type the name of a brand new case to create it on-the-fly in that column or you can start typing the case number or name of an existing one in the milestone and the case will appear, allowing you to select it to be added. You can also click on “Cases in this milestone” to see a list of cases in the current milestone from which you can select cases to add.

Just like in the Iteration Planner, you can group cases in each Kanban column. Available groupings are assignee, priority, and project; if you want to move a case from one group to another — for example, to change who the case is assigned to when grouped by assignee — just drag and drop it from one group of cases to the other.

Filtering on Kanban column

The cards visible on the Kanban Board can be filtered in the case list page using the Search Axes. In particular, cards can be filtered on the axis “Kanban”. For example, searching for:


will create a filter of cases in the “To-do” Kanban column.