Task management is one of the areas where you can get the most out of Oinker. It’s more flexible than most task management applications and even allows you to generate knowledge directly from your tasks. It seamlessly connects task management and knowledge management.
In the simplest case of task management with Oinker, you just create two oink nodes such as “ToDo” and “Done” and move the tasks between them:
One of the important requirements in task management is an ability to change the priority of tasks anytime. With Oinker, you can easily change the order of tasks by drag-and-drop:
If you are working with a team where there’s more than one assignee of tasks, adding “Doing (by someone)” nodes allows you to assign tasks to team members and track what’s going on in the project:
You may want to add a validation phase by placing a “Validated” node, which allows the project manager or stakeholders to verify that each “Done” task produced the expected result:
If this kind of task flow is driven by the validation, say, you can move a task from “ToDo” to “Doing” only when a “Done” task is validated or there are no waiting “Done” tasks (aiming to limit work-in-progress). It is called a “pull system” or “Kanban” method which gives you a way to get feedback and make problems visible as early as possible.
It’s quite simple and flexible, but you might think that it can be also done with a whiteboard and it’s more intuitive, as many of Kanban projects actually use it. That’s probably true. However, there are several merits to use a digital system, especially Oinker:
- You can save all the completed tasks and search them later.
- You can attach any additional information to a task and easily navigate it.
- You can build your knowledge base with completed tasks and information attached to them.
- You can collaborate with team members who work remotely.
- You can create tasks directly from a chat.