See the big picture

AgileZen draws on an idea from lean manufacturing called kanban — a Japanese word that literally means visual card. In an AgileZen project, work is organized on a kanban board, which has a number of columns that represent the phases that work has to go through in order to be considered complete.

Demonstration – The Kanban Board

Break apart your work into manageable pieces

Each piece of work (called a story) in your project is represented by a card that can be hung on the board. Stories start out in the backlog, which is just a collection of stories that you're planning to work on someday. When you're ready to start working on a story, you hang its card on the left-most side of your board.

Demonstration – Adding Stories

Track progress of work

As work is done on the story, you can drag it across the board from left to right to indicate its progress. When it reaches the right side of the board, it's done! You can then remove it from the board by moving it to the archive.

Demonstration – Moving Stories

Focus on individual stories

Once a story card is on the board, you can easily edit its text if the goal changes. You can also click the magnifying glass on the card to display the story screen. From there, you can edit the story's text, add additional details, and view performance metrics for that story. Anything that you can do to a story from the board can also be done from the story screen.

Demonstration – The Story Screen