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I really fell in love with data when I began to explore all of the things Excel was capable of. So then, it should come as no surprise that I am very comfortable with the “Grid View” in Airtable. This is the view that looks most similar to a standard spreadsheet – with rows, columns, and their inevitable intersection.

Yes, grid views are great, but having worked in Airtable with many clients, I don’t think it’s my favorite. I think that title has to go to the Kanban View.

If you’re not accustomed to a Kanban Board, it is a unique way to view your data. This approach is quite popular today, especially with project management tools like Asana and Trello, both of which offer a Kanban Board as the default setting.

In Airtable, the Kanban View is a vital way to share grouped data. First though, let’s discuss some high level definitions.

Card: These are how records are shown in a Kanban View. In the Grid View, records are represented by a row of a spreadsheet, but in the Kanban View, they appear as cards.

Stack: This is how data is grouped, into columns, based on a single select or collaborator field.

The main idea behind this view is that all data appears in columns (stacks) – exactly which stack is determined by the status of a single select or collaborator field. Check out this week’s video for some examples.

The main reason I have grown so fond of this view is that it really helps when managing data in a workflow. Additionally, I find that by presenting data in this way is more appealing to my clients – they consistently rave about the ease of understanding they gain with this view. Have you tried it yet for your business workflows?


It doesn't have to be crazy at work

It doesn't have to be crazy at work

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