There are so many project management tools available. Why another one?
First, how is Brisa similar to other apps?
- It has the standard kanban interface you’d expect from an app that tracks tasks. You can use the single-row Kanban, similar to Trello and many others, or the slightly more advanced swim lanes to have multiple groups (such as grouped by priority, or by the person performing the task, etc).
- It has normal cards within kanbans, where you can save the title and description, add comments, etc.
So how, exactly, is Brisa different?
But there are a number of things that set Brisa apart. These features are meant to help keep your data organized in one place, give a bigger, more coherent picture of a project, and allow you to break things down easily.
It’s easy to take small notes.
When you create a new card in your dashboard, it is just a card. Brisa doesn’t assume you only want a kanban. You can make a quick note, start documenting a process, or anything else within that card.
But it’s easy to build on your ideas.
Every card can be expanded. So once you’ve created that card, if it needs to be a kanban, you simply open it, click “Expand Card” at the bottom, and choose Kanban to add a kanban to it.
This is important not only because you might not want a kanban, but because it allows you to create boards within boards (Inception style!). If you have a kanban with a high-level overview of tasks to complete, and one of those tasks will take a decent amount of work, you can easily add a kanban to that card, in the parent kanban!
You can break things down while keeping clean, high-level overviews.
Because of this flexibility, a project manager can keep a nice, clean high-level overview of a project, and a developer can create their own kanban within a card to track the gritty details of accomplishing it. The separation makes it easy to dig in as much as you need or want to.
It doesn’t end with kanbans.
We’ve only talked about Kanbans so far, but Brisa is much more than that. There are 2 other “boards” right now:
- Whiteboard: As a visual person, a kanban doesn’t always cut it. Whiteboards allow you to take multiple different parts of a large project (say marketing, research, development, etc) and visually arrange them. Paired with nested boards, this gives a powerful overview of a project, and each can be managed separately.
- Sheets: You can add a simple sheet to any card. This is a very simple table view with rows and columns. This is handy if you don’t need a kanban, but need to keep track of a list.
And it’s extensible.
Brisa is extensible. I started with kanbans, whiteboards, and sheets out of my own needs and desires, but boards are basically plugins in the system. As it grows and matures, Brisa will have options to enable other boards. And because Brisa isn’t a monolith company, other developers can create new boards for Brisa users.