Hi Tom,

First of all, let me say thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback. It is invaluable to us to hear from the people who use the tool every day.
Great that you work agile - so do we and we have previouslym just like you, had a sprint board per team per sprint. And just like you say - sometimes activities run over more than one sprint.

I actually think that the new way of working will be better for us. And I hope that when I give you my reasons why, you may agree. If not - I would love to hear why.

You have two options: 1 and 2.

1. Break down the activity into sub-activities - one for each sprint. You will work the same way as now and can still follow the progress on the top level (all progress data is aggregated). It's easy to move cards between sub-activities on the board.
2. You can have just one board. Since cards that belong to "done" activities and planned activities do not clutter the board you can have just one sprint board and see all the ongoing work on there. I do this for my team now and it also gives the benefit of being able to compare velocity and cumulative flow between sprints on the same board. This will be the way I want to work and I really find it a lot easier than having to juggle around all the backlog and archive boards.

That was my tip - please let me know how you find it:)

Best regards,
Karolina

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Hi Tom,

First of all, let me say thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback. It is invaluable to us to hear from the people who use the tool every day.
Great that you work agile - so do we and we have previouslym just like you, had a sprint board per team per sprint. And just like you say - sometimes activities run over more than one sprint.

I actually think that the new way of working will be better for us. And I hope that when I give you my reasons why, you may agree. If not - I would love to hear why.

You have two options: 1 and 2.

1. Break down the activity into sub-activities - one for each sprint. You will work the same way as now and can still follow the progress on the top level (all progress data is aggregated). It's easy to move cards between sub-activities on the board.
2. You can have just one board. Since cards that belong to "done" activities and planned activities do not clutter the board you can have just one sprint board and see all the ongoing work on there. I do this for my team now and it also gives the benefit of being able to compare velocity and cumulative flow between sprints on the same board. This will be the way I want to work and I really find it a lot easier than having to juggle around all the backlog and archive boards.

That was my tip - please let me know how you find it:)

Best regards,
Karolina

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Hi Karolina,
Thank you for your tips :)
We have consider these two options already, and we are not so happy to use them.
Option 1 will give us more maintenance/work to update plan with sub-activities with no value for us, every time we move a card to another board.
Option 2 will give us a board with a lot of cards. Not so visual any more. Today we also use a board per Sprint, to see the history (what was done in the Sprint).
We think the best option for some of our projects will be to disconnect cards from activity. And then not use the functionality of plan/activity
We will try the new release for test projects first and see how this release will work with different options, before we move our running project to this new release.

Another question: Recent activity for this idea says 4 votes, but the number in the vote window says 1?

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Hi Tom,

Since your comment was made anonymously it was stuck in moderation for a while.

I agree that you will have more sub-activities with option 1 but it will also be more visible which cards are done in which sprint. I think you'll find that it will be much easier to move cards between activities in the plan in the new interface.

With option 2 you should not get any more cards on the board. When an activity is marked as done, all its connected cards will be transferred off the board and just live on the activity in the plan. This means that only ongoing activities and their cards will be visible on the board.

Best regards,
Karolina

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oh - and about the votes - there can be both positive and negative votes and people are allowed to change their mind. This means that the number of votes and the score can be different.

Toms idea just got my vote!
I really hope this can be solved and I also know many companies (I have written a disseration about Lean development) using kanban boards in a way that the new version does not support.

I second this, we have multiple consultants working in the same project. We can't have one board for each activity. It would be a mess. Thankfully we never used this feature before but we were planning on connecting cards to activities in new projects. Now we will not be able to use this feature of connections at all.

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Vote functionality do not work. I know that many have tried to vote, but the vote number do not increase.

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The mandatory 1:1 relationship between activities and boards is a huge step backwards. We have boards for each function, and activities that involve all functions. What has been the thinking around this restriction? Could you please consider for the next release to allow for a 1:many relationship again?

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