How to Hire—Our Top Tips
The quick and easy Kanban guide to recruiting the right people We’re presenting our favorite tips and tricks for hiring today. Why? Well, Kanban for WordPress started out as project management software, but many of our users have found it useful during the hiring process as well, helping them manage the tidal wave of applications.
Busting the Top 5 Myths of Project Management
Honestly, it’s not that hard and anyone can do it! Project management has a bit of a bad reputation. It can be seen as the red tape holding everything up, while people with clipboards make sure you, as the expert, are doing things in a prescribed order instead of just getting on with the actual
Breaking the mold
An interview with a more unorthodox Kanban user We often hear from users asking for workarounds or advice on how best to use Kanban for WordPress with their own workflows. Dmitry Rudyanov sent us more than a few unusual requests and we finally had to ask him, “what exactly are you trying to do with
A new look, a new focus
Happy spring! Spring makes us think of change so it’s the perfect time to show off the new direction of the Kanban site. Over the last year and a half since launching Kanban for WordPress, we’ve learned a lot. One of the biggest, most interesting lessons has been that most people do not use Kanban for project management, as
Atlassian, Trello, Kanban and WordPress
It was announced earlier this week that Atlassian has acquired Trello. Atlassian is a software company that has a product called Jira, launched in 2002. Jira is extremely powerful but is very focused on agile (Scrum, Lean, etc) project management for businesses. Part of their solution is a Kanban board view, which they added in the last few years.
Doing the work in your head first
Recently I was blown away by Walter O’Brien being interviewed on the Tim Ferriss podcast. I won’t go into his bio (go listen to the episode for his amazing story). It’s enough to know that he’s the 190+ IQ’d genius behind the TV series Scorpion (not the writer. The actual founder of the company). At
Adding a custom logout link to your Kanban board’s settings menu
Time to nerd out with some code! There was a great request on the WordPress.org Plugin Repository support forum to add a “logout” link to the Kanban board’s settings menu. We’d thought about this previously, but hesitate to clutter up the settings menu. So this is a great opportunity to take advantage of WordPress’ famous hooks and filters!
Using Kanban for WordPress as a CRM
There seem to be infinite uses for Kanban boards, and the coolest one I’ve come across recently is as a customer relationship manager, or CRM. Tools like PipeDrive and Trello are combining them with amazing results. Not to be left out, here’s how to use Kanban for WordPress as CRM! Let’s say I’m a Sales Guy. I want my columns, or
Making time to plan first
My original title for this was “taking time” but so often we have to make ourselves do it. Yesterday a solution to a problem struck me in the shower (where all good ideas come from, of course). After dressing quickly I sat down and start coding. Why stop and plan? I can bang this out
Do you really need this plugin?
A lot of people who try our Kanban board are looking for the next awesome plugin instead of writing blog posts, or marketing, or writing code. In other words, people are installing plugins or otherwise messing with their site to feel productive, instead of doing real work. Don’t get me wrong. I love for anyone to try out Kanban
What isn’t on the board
With a team I work with (the inspiration for starting KanbanWP, in fact) we adopted a Kanban board for project management. We were only a team of four, so anything else was overkill. But alternately “nothing” wasn’t an option, as other people wanted to see what we were working on. For a week we used a
Deciding to use custom database tables
The first version of Kanban for WordPress was built using custom post types. I’d always been taught that WordPress developers should work hard to conform to the WordPress database schemas and “best practices”. I wrote a lot of extra code to accommodate attributes, but it always felt like forcing a square peg into a round hole. I’ve been developing
The best ideas come from real need. At my day job, I was tasked with picking a project management software for our dev team. Never easy, as there are a million and one apps out there. My experience is with agile, so that’s where I started. But full on agile project management seemed overkill for