Kanban boards are a great way to visualize project progress. Jack Wallen shows you how to add a kanban style board in GitHub Issues.
GitHub Issues allows you to track the work you do within GitHub. It’s a great way to keep all your work in sync and track the progress of your software projects. You can associate issues with pull requests and don’t have to navigate away from the platform to keep track of your work. GitHub Issues is part of every GitHub repository and makes it easy to keep track of all issues associated with your code.
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Even better, you can create a kanban-like board for GitHub issues to make it even easier to track and manage the issues for your project. You can quickly see where each bug and feature request is in the workflow for an at-a-glance overview.
I want to show you how to create a kanban like board on your GitHub Issues project. It’s easy to do, and if you’re a fan of kanban, it will make your project management job a little bit easier.
That said, let’s start by creating a board for your GitHub Issues project.
What you need to create a board on GitHub Issues
All you need for this is a valid GitHub account and a repository that houses your project. That is it. Let’s get started.
Adding a board view to a new project in GitHub Issues
The first thing you need to do is log into your GitHub account. Once on your account page, you should see the Project tab at the top (Image A).
Click Projects. If you have not yet created a project, you must click New Project and select Board in the pop-up window (Figure B) and then click Create.
This will create an empty project board in GitHub (Figure C) where you can start adding cards for issues, feature requests, and more.
Add a board view to an existing project in GitHub Issues
But what if you have already created a project in Issues? How do you add a plate to it? That’s just as easy. To add a board to a project, navigate to that project and click New View. This automatically adds a new view to the default table layout. Clicking the down arrow in the new tab will bring up a popup where you can switch the view from table to board (Figure D). Click on Board and the view immediately changes to a board.
Once you have your Board view, you can do things like customize the column names, add more columns, rename the view, change the column field, and much more. You configure much of the board through the drop-down on the tab. Make sure to click Save Changes (Figures E) when you make changes.
And that’s all there is to adding a kanban-like board to GitHub Issues. If you’re looking for the easiest way to manage your projects, you can’t beat kanban boards for their simplicity and ease of use. Try this and see if Boards doesn’t become your default view in GitHub Issues.
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