The last couple of updates of SwiftKanban have focused on some key features such as Cycle Time Threshold, revamped ESP Analytics and an enhanced To-Do Board.
1) Cycle Time Threshold
The Cycle Time Threshold feature enables a Kanban team to better manage their Cycle Time (or System Lead Time) performance. For any column on your Kanban board, it helps you identify potential at-risk-of-delay or delayed cards in that column visually – so that as a team, you can track and manage them to closure with better control.
You can define Cycle Time thresholds at a column-level – for some or all columns of a board. Once you define them, SwiftKanban will highlight cards that have or have not exceeded these cycle time thresholds.
To use the Cycle Time Threshold feature for any column or sub-column of your board, you just need to set up two threshold values (in terms of hours, days or weeks) and track the movement of cards on those columns. The horizontal threshold line is a visual cue which renders green if the card is under threshold 1 (T1), changes to orange when the card stays at the same column beyond threshold 1 (T1) but is within threshold 2 (T2), and finally become red when the duration crosses past threshold 2 (T2) in the same column.
So, irrespective of a number of cards that you have on your board, it will still be easy to focus on those which are causing the longer lead time and reducing the overall agility of your system.
2) ESP Analytics Got a New Look
Our ESP module has been revamped with rich filtering options, new charts, refreshing diagrams, card-level drill-down and lots more.
The metrics have been reorganized for better user understanding and interpretation. The Flow Efficiency, Liquidity and Aging tabs have got additional capabilities. The CFD Forecast and the Scope Forecast tabs have become easier to use.