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The complexity and scale of AEC projects necessitate tools that can streamline project management processes, ensuring efficient construction progress tracking, timely delivery and adherence to quality standards.

It’s worth noting that solid decisions require solid data, so it’s not surprising that a recent Autodesk report revealed that 1/3 of poor choices in AEC projects stemmed from bad data. Consequently, this highlights the need for better project insights.

A standout feature to resolve this is the integration of Kanban-based workflow visualizations in tools like zipBoard – which has significantly improved progress tracking for project teams.

This article explores how  Kanban-based workflow visualizations benefit AEC project teams –  enhancing their productivity and project outcomes.

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Example of a Kanban workflow in zipBoard

Why Should You Optimize Your Workflows?

A Construction Industry Institute survey found that a staggering 57% of activities in traditional projects lack value.  Imagine the efficiency gains possible!

Another study by McKinsey & Company indicates that teams implementing workflow optimization strategies can see a productivity increase of up to 30%.

Therefore, Kanban‘s visual and intuitive approach tackles this challenge head-on, helping identify non-value-adding activities and streamlining project execution.

Kanban: A Dual-Edged Sword for Task and Document Management

The versatility of Kanban lies in its adaptability to both task management and document control, two critical components in AEC projects.

Enhances Task Management

Kanban’s visual boards allow teams to map out the entire project lifecycle, from initial design to construction completion.

This visualization facilitates a more intuitive understanding of workflows, enabling teams to track progress in real-time and adjust priorities on the fly.

A study highlighted that teams using Kanban reported a 43% improvement in completion time for tasks, attributed to clearer prioritization, and immediate visual feedback on progress.

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Example of a Kanban workflow in zipBoard

Streamlines Document Management

Managing documents efficiently is as crucial as task management. And the Kanban approach streamlines document control by categorizing documents according to their stage in the project lifecycle, such as drafting, review, approval, and publication.

This method not only ensures that the latest document versions are easily accessible but also significantly reduces the time spent searching for documents.

A notable study found that implementing Kanban for document management can lead to a 35% reduction in time spent managing paperwork, substantially increasing the time available for core project activities.

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The Impact of Kanban-Based Workflow Visualizations

The broader implications of these statistics are profound. By harnessing Kanban for both task and document management, AEC teams can achieve:

  • Higher Productivity: Streamlined workflows and reduced time wastage directly contribute to higher productivity levels.
  • Improved Project Delivery: Enhanced efficiency leads to projects being completed on or ahead of schedule, with potential cost savings.
  • Better Quality Outputs: With more time and resources dedicated to core activities, the quality of work in AEC projects can significantly improve.
  • Increased Client Satisfaction: Efficient project execution and high-quality outputs naturally lead to higher client satisfaction rates.


The statistical evidence presents a compelling case for the adoption of Kanban in zipBoard for construction progress tracking – highlighting its potential to transform project management practices.

By focusing on optimizing workflows and leveraging Kanban for both document and task management, AEC project teams can achieve remarkable improvements in efficiency, productivity, and project outcomes.

As the industry continues to evolve, the integration of such innovative practices will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping its future success.

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