Kanban is a concept created by the Toyota Motor Company. “Kanban” is a Japanese word that translates into the English word Sign or Billboard. Kanban has reentered the modern-day business lexicon as a component of the Agile workflow management methodology.
With regards to Ninox, a Kanban View (sometimes referred to as a “Swim Lane View” due to it’s side-by-side vertical component layout) is a Grouped (sorted) view that contains cards for each record that falls within each sort Group. The field that is used as the sort parameter is identified at the top of each lane of the Kanban. The image below demonstrates a Kanban view for an inventory management system.
In the image above, the Group field (see red arrow) has been selected as the field that determines the content of each lane. It is important to note that the number of lanes in a Kanban will equal the number of different values in the Group field. The red box contains all records within that group while the blue box highlights a single record within the group (and table). Also note that each record is represented as a card and each card contains the same 6 fields (Item Number, Description, Image, Unit of Measure, Category and Classification). Finally, Ninox allows users to scroll each lane vertically and independently of all other lanes making it possible to view all records within a group irrespective of the height of the lane.
To create a Kanban, you can click on the name of an existing view and select “New View” from the popup window (see image below). When create a Kanban by creating a new view out of an existing view, the fields in the existing view will be the fields (presented in the same order on each card) that will appear in the Kanban.
Prior to displaying the new Kanban, Ninox will ask you to indicate which, of the included fields, should be the Group field used to define each lane in the Kanban. This is demonstrated in the image below.
Once you have selected the grouping field, the new Kanban view will be presented on screen.
Note that clicking on the name of the Kanban (as it appears in the tab bar), will enable you to access the Edit Columns feature (see image below) where you can add and delete fields from the cards, change content presentation order and even change the Kanban grouping field.