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How to display a compact board showing the whole system of work


Through the years I became a huge fan of physical boards and visualisations because they tend to be more effective in their purpose:  providing a bigger picture and increasing the understanding of the system of work. 
How is it that a JIRA board visualisation is not able to show the complete picture?? How is it that you need to scroll to see more columns or swimlanes or issues on the board? Doesn't that ruin the whole intention of getting a whole view system understanding?

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Jack Community Leader Dec 20, 2019

Hi Vincent, this seems more like a discussion than actual question. With that said what shows on the board depends on how much data you’re trying to display and the available browser window space. What is displayed is almost entirely controlled by the size of your monitor. You can also use browser zoom capabilities and even multiple monitors. Maybe I have missed your point?

Hey, I understand, the point is that regardless of browser zoom capabilities, the space available is rather limited which in most cases results in a board that you have to scroll in. I also agree that you don't want too many cards on the overview, so I am talking about boards where the total amount of cards is <30. The size that each card has is relatively large. If you want a board with multiple swimlanes, and +5 columns (each with a waiting column, which should be default if you want a pull system that differentiates between active steps and waiting steps) then I quickly run in trouble with the available space. 
But I don't want to turn this into a discussion. It is possible that this is not really a hot topic. I see more and more teams prefer digital boards in favor of the physical ones, and yet the possibilities are so limited. I really miss the "in your face overview" where you can easily spot system opportunities. The question is how can your display trigger you to consider the bigger picture vs how can the display trigger you to see what cards you are working on.

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