commandline asciii kanban board for minimalist productivity bash hackers (csv-based)
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personal commandline todomanager / kanbanboard csv-viewer for minimalist productivity bash hackers.

WHY: bitbucket/github/issuetrackers are great for teams, but how to manage todo's on a macro- or microlevel? Sure, you can mark an issue as done, but are you productive? KANBAN.bash can be a very simple but powerful tool to manage and measure productivity.

Install

$ wget "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/coderofsalvation/kanban.bash/master/kanban"
$ chmod 755 kanban

Show me the kanban board!

$ ./kanban add TODO PERSONAL "buy rose for girlfriend foo bar"
$ ./kanban show

NOTE: columns are configurable, and board resizes according to terminal width

Change status

$ ./kanban show
$ ./kanban 34 DONE
IN_PROGRESS -> DONE

Edit item

$ ./kanban 34

NOTE: make sure you have your favorite editor set in ~/.bashrc : 'export EDITOR=vim' etc

Todo grep

$ ./kanban TODO DOING | grep projectfoo 

Nice to get project-specific kanban overviews.

Simple listing of status

NOTE: from here we use the k-alias, see the 'Attention Unix ninjas' on how to use it

$ k TODO
id   status  tag   description                 history
-    -       -     -                           -
185  TODO    bly   fooo bar flop               BTBDHDHDHT
199  TODO    bly   meeting about techdesign    BT
245  TODO    lb    checkout testsuite          BT
246  TODO    nus   add field to db             BT
242  TODO    nus   fix db lag                  BT

as you can see in the history, todo 185 is quite problematic. It went from Backlog->Todo->Backlog->Doing->Hold->... and so on. Obviously the person who assigned this todo should rethink it, and chop it up into seperate todos.

$ k TODO 2015-08
id   status  tag   description                 history
-    -       -     -                           -
246  TODO    nus   add field to db             BT
242  TODO    nus   fix db lag                  BT

Here you can see all todo's which were 'touched' in august 2015

Configuration

see ~/.kanban.conf (gets created automatically). You can define the kanban statuses, and limit the maximum amount of todos per status.

Commandline Overview

$ ./kanban
Usage:

  kanban add                                # add item interactive (adviced) 
  kanban show [status] ....                 # show ascii kanban board [with status]
  kanban <id>                               # edit or update item 
  kanban <id> <status>                      # update status of todo id (uses $EDITOR as preferred editor)
  kanban <status> .....                     # list only todo items with this status(es)
  kanban list                               # list all todos (heavy)
  kanban tags                               # list all submitted tags
  kanban add <status> <tag> <description>   # add item (use quoted strings for args)  
  kanban stats <status|tag|history> [<str>] # generates stats 

  NOTE #1: statuses can be managed in ~/.kanban.conf
  NOTE #2: the database csv can be found in ~/.kanban.csv

Examples:

  kanban add TODO projectX "do foo"
  kanban TODO DOING HOLD                 
  kanban stats status projectX
  kanban stats tag projectX 

Environment:

  You can switch context (e.g. work vs home vs project x ) like so:

  KANBANFILE=~/.kanban.foo.csv kanban show
  KANBANFILE=~/.kanban.foo.csv KANBANCONF=~/.kanban.foo.conf kanban show

  KANBANFILE env-var is not needed when a .kanban.csv file is present in the current working dir
  KANBANCONF is created automatically if not found

Interactive insertion adviced

Safest way to keep the CSV sane:

$ ./kanban add
enter description:
> do laundry
enter one of statuses: BACKLOG TODO IN_PROGRESS HOLD DONE
> TODO
enter one of tags: projectA, projectB 
> 

Customized kanban.

As mentioned earlier, the status/categorynames can be changed in the config-file. No widescreen? Show a simplified kanban board by hiding some categories in the kanban-bashscript:

#SMALLSCREEN=('HOLD' 'DOING')   # uncomment to only show these fields in kanban asciiboard

Attention UNIX ninjas

type 'k' instead of './kanban'

$ cp kanban ~/bin 
$ echo 'export PATH=$PATH:~/bin' >> ~/.bashrc
$ echo 'alias k=kanban'          >> ~/.bashrc
$ source ~/.bashrc

(now all terminals will recognize 'k' as a command)

Cleanup your kanban board with some bash-fu:

$ for i in {19,36,49}; do kanban $i BACKLOG; done
DONE -> BACKLOG
DONE -> BACKLOG
DONE -> BACKLOG

mass-renames:

$ sed -i 's/FOO/BAR/g' ~/.kanban.csv

Open a terminal on an extra monitor/screen/tmux:

$ watch kanban show

Run ninja-commands like: 'k 23 DONE' and withness the update:

$ k 34 DONE 
TODO -> DONE
$ k add TODO NINJW workout" "$(date --date='tomorrow' +'%Y-%m-%d') deadline"

Statistics

With the power of grep you can get overviews:

$ k stats status

            DONE   155 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆ 
         BACKLOG    73 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆ 
            HOLD     9 ▆▆ 
            TODO     5 ▆ 
           DOING     5 ▆ 

$ k status 2015-08

            DONE   155 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆ 
         BACKLOG    73 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆ 
            HOLD     9 ▆▆ 
            TODO     5 ▆ 
           DOING     5 ▆ 

$ k stats status DONE 2015-08 

      projectfoo    62 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆ 
      opensource    43 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆ 
        projectX     3 ▆ 
           admin     2 ▆ 

$ k stats status projectfoo 

            DONE    56 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆ 
         BACKLOG    33 ▆▆▆▆▆ 
            HOLD     6 ▆ 
            TODO     2 ▆ 
           DOING     1 ▆ 

Lets see what the slacking / project ratio is :)

$ k stats tag 2015-08

         slacking   76 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆ 
         projecfoo  36 ▆▆▆▆ 

What are are typical tasktransitions:

$ k stats history
              T   129 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆ 
        BTDHDHD    16 ▆▆▆ 
              T   129 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆ 
             BD    16 ▆▆▆ 

View which projects were put on hold at least 2 times in 2014:

$ k stats history HDHD 2014 

   project30     6 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆ 
   project40     4 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆ 
   project20     4 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆ 
   project10     3 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆ 

Tab completion

Somehow source kanban.completion in your ~/.bashrc or just copy it to /etc/bash_completion.d

Why

For developers, there's no such thing as the ultimate todo-utility

KANBAN.bash brings the lean and mean kanban board to the console. It uses csv as database backend, a very popular tabular format. The commandline usage is very minimal so few keystrokes can do magic.

Developer info

tests oneliners:

  • run: cd test; for test in test-*; do ./$test &>/dev/null; done && echo OK || echo ERROR
  • debug: cd test; for test in test-*; do bash -x $test; done && echo OK || echo ERROR

Todo

  • more testing
  • easier way of adding todos