Tutorial: Task Management with PLANTA pulse From Release 19

Please note:
  • The documentation for PLANTA pulse is currently still being translated into English.
  • At the moment, the links included in this topic lead to the German documentation.
  • The German tutorial can be found here.



  • This tutorial is intended to show first-time users how to use the software and its functions on the basis of typical use cases.
Please note:
  • The following exercises are based on the PLANTA demo data.
  • The screenshots are examples and the screenshot layout may deviate from the actual layout.
  • Should the demo user Georg Hart not currently be logged in at PLANTA pulse, please log out the current user by clicking on the user avatar in the upper right corner Log Out in order to start with the tutorial.

Login Project Manager (Georg Hart)

  • Georg Hart wants to plan the designing of the new company website with PLANTA pulse.
  • In your browser, enter xxx.plantapulse.de (replace xxx with your own domain).
  • The login screen is displayed:
  • Enter the user name r41 and the password 123456.
  • Click Sign In.
  • The panel Boards opens.
  • The menu (1) is on the left and can be opened via ButtonMenue.png. If you move your mouse over a menu item, a tooltip (2) appears, so that the menu doesn’t need to be opened.
  • In the upper area My Boards (3), Georg Hart sees all boards (4) on which he is a member.
    • On the left side, next to the boards, the projects (5) the boards belong to are listed.
  • In the lower area Public Boards (6), public boards Georg Hart could join, if needed, are displayed.
    • These boards are not sorted by projects
  • In the right upper corner, the user avatar (7) is displayed. A click on the avatar opens the User Menu.
  • Via the arrow (8), the sidebar can be opened. Here, the newest activities on the user’s boards are shown.

Add Project

  • For the designing of the new company website, Georg Hart wants to create a new project.
  • Below the list of projects, click on + Add Project.
  • In the pop-up window, enter a title for the project (e.g. “Company Website”).
  • Enter a project key (e.g. “WEB”) and, if needed, a description.
  • The two fields Comment Format Template and Enable Linking of Boards and Cards are not relevant for the project at this moment.
  • The new project is displayed in the list on the left and can be opened by clicking on the title:

Add Members

  • Georg Hart wants to add all the employees who will be working on the new company website as members of the project.
  • He and Daniela Müller are supposed to be the administrators of the project.
  • Lasse Bergström, Kate Simpson and Holger Kaufmann are to be added as the core team. Alexandra Hoffmann is to keep track of the project’s progress, but she is not actively involved.
  • Georg Hart can therefore add the members to different project groups and define their permissions.
  • Switch to the tab Members.
  • In the project “Company Website”, so far only an empty form is displayed for the project groups.
    • If needed, Georg Hart could add new project groups by clicking on Add New Group and assigning certain permissions to them.
    • In his case, the three default groups Admin Users, Normal Users and Guest Users will be sufficient.
  • Click on the + in the area Admin Users.
  • First, enter “Georg Hart” and then “Daniela Müller” in the pop-up window and select the two users.
  • Click on the + in the area Normal Users and add Lasse Bergström, Kate Simpson and Holger Kaufmann.
  • Add Alexandra Hoffmann in the area Guest Users.

Create New Board

  • The project will consist of several stages.
  • At first, a concept for the new website needs to be created.
  • In PLANTA pulse, the stages can be represented by boards, on which the tasks which need to be completed during the stages can be collected.
  • For this reason, Georg Hart wants to create a board, where he can then collect the tasks and assign them to his team.
  • In the project “Company Website”, click on the placeholder board card Create New Board in the tab Boards:
  • Enter a title (e.g. “Concept Website”).
  • By default, the board will be created as a private board, which means that only board members can see the board. Keep this setting.
  • Click Create.
  • The new board opens.
  • The sidebar is on the right and might need to be opened via <.
    • Via User Board Settings Show Sidebar by Default the sidebar can be set to open by default.
    • Here, all labels, members und activities of the board are displayed and the Board Menu can be accessed.
    • The members of the project have automatically become members of the board.
  • The letters on the avatars symbolize the board permissions of the members (A for members with admin permission, C for users who can only write comments).

  • Since Georg Hart created the board, it is automatically added to his favorites. For this reason, a colored star is displayed next to the board title:
  • The board is now displayed in the menu on the left under Favorites:

Design Board

  • Georg Hart wants to improve the board’s design.
  • In order to do this, he can choose a board background in PLANTA pulse.
  • Furthermore, he can adjust the board theme to match the selected background image.
  • On the board, click on ... More in the sidebar to open the Board Menu.
  • Click on Edit Background Image.
  • Select one of the images shown below or search for an image via a search term (e.g. “concept”) and select the image by clicking on it.
    • The background image is now also displayed as a preview in the Favorites and in the panel Boards on the board card:
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Adjust Labels

  • In this stage of the project, the project members are supposed to prioritize the single tasks in order to find a useful workflow.
  • To make this easier, Georg Hart wants to create a few individual labels for the board, which the members can then assign to their tasks later.
  • On the board, in the area Labels in the sidebar, click on a color (e.g. red) or on the + in order to select another color.
  • Enter a title for the label (e.g. “Prio1”).
  • Click Save.
  • Create more labels in the same way.

Add Lists

  • Georg Hart later wants to be able to sort the tasks by topic.
  • To do so, he can create several lists in order to be able to sort the tasks into the corresponding topics.


  • On the left, click on + Add List.
  • Enter a title (e.g. “Ideas”).
  • Click Save or press Enter.
  • Create more lists in the same way.

Add Cards

  • In the lists he previously created, Georg Hart now wants to add the first tasks in the form of cards. He then wants to assign them to his team.
  • Click Add Card in the list “Competitors”.
  • Enter a title (e.g. “Evaluate competitors’ websites”).
  • Press CTRL + Enter in order to switch directly into the detail view of the new card.
    • All keyboard shortcuts in PLANTA pulse can be accessed by pressing ? or via the user avatar Keyboard Shortcuts.
  • Georg Hart wants to assign this task to Kate Simpson, which is why he adds her to the card by clicking the + in the area Members.
  • To make sure that the instructions are clear, he enters a description.
  • Via the calendars for Start Date and Due Date, he selects when the task is supposed to be done.
  • Georg Hart creates several new cards in the same way. Using Drag&Drop he drags the board members from the sidebar onto the cards in order to assign their tasks to them.
  • Georg Hart doesn’t assign anyone to the card “Position menu at the top?”, since he later wants the team to vote on this question.

Add Swimlane

  • So far, the board is only structured vertically with lists. Georg Hart would like to add a horizontal structure in order to separate current and urgent tasks from the other tasks.
  • To do so, he can work with swimlanes in PLANTA pulse.
  • He wants to create a swimlane for urgent tasks and a swimlane for current tasks in addition to the standard swimlane.
Add Swimlanes
  • If needed, open the sidebar on the board by clicking <.
  • Click Change Board View.
  • Select the Swimlane View.
  • To save the current view for all members, click Save.
  • In the lower area, click on + Add Swimlane.
  • Enter a title (e.g. “Urgent”).
  • Save or Enter.
  • Add another swimlane (e.g. “In Progress”).

Color Swimlane

  • To make the swimlane structure clearer, Georg Hart wants to color them.
  • This option is not available by default, which is why Georg Hart first needs to create a new field.
  • For these individual adjustments, he can use the option Custom Fields in PLANTA pulse.
Define Card Colors
  • In the sidebar, select ...More Custom Fields.
  • Click Create Field.
  • Enter a title (e.g. “Color”).
  • Select the option Card Color from the listbox Type.
  • Add new colors by clicking +.
    • Then, enter a title and select a color.
    • Click Create.
    • Create another color in the same way.
    • Since Georg Hart wants to use the card color for a swimlane, the two checkboxes are not relevant for him at this point.
    • Click Save.
Color Swimlanes
  • Open the Swimlane Menu by clicking Menue.png below the swimlane title.
  • Click Select Color for Cards.
  • Select one of the colors previously created (e.g. red for the swimlane “Urgent”).
  • Click Save.
  • Color the second swimlane.
  • If cards are now moved into the swimlane, they will automatically be colored as well.


  • On the old website, the menu was always positioned on the left.
  • Georg Hart would like the project members to vote whether the menu is instead supposed to be at the top on the new website.
  • For this option, he will also need to create a custom field first.
  • In the sidebar, click ...More Custom Fields Create Field.
  • Enter a title (e.g. “Vote”).
  • Select the field type Votings from the listbox Type.
  • The checkbox Display in Detail View of Cards controls whether the custom field is displayed in the detail view of all cards even if no value has been selected.
    • Since Georg Hart wants the team to vote on only one card, he does not activate the checkbox Display in Detail View of Cards.
  • When the checkbox Display on Cards is activated, the custom field is shown on a card as soon as a value has been selected. It will first need to be added to the card via the card menu.
    • Activate this checkbox.
  • Click Save.
  • Open the Card “Position menu at the top?”.
  • Since Georg Hart didn’t activate the checkbox Display in Detail View of Cards, he now needs to manually add the custom field to the card.
  • In the upper right, open the card menu by clicking Menue.png and select Edit Custom Fields.
  • Select the previously created field for voting.
  • The form for the vote is now displayed in the detail view of the card.
  • Georg Hart wants to change the position of the menu on the website and therefore votes with a thumbs up.
  • The result of the vote is now also shown directly on the card:
  • Georg Hart has completed the first part of the planning.
  • He informs the team about the new project and asks all members to have a look at their tasks.
  • In the upper right corner, click on the user avatar Log Out.

Login Project Member (Kate Simpson)

  • Kate Simpson now wants to know which tasks have been assigned to her for the designing of the new company website.
  • Since she is a member of several projects, she would like to be able to see changes on boards immediately.
  • To do so, she can use the option Highlight Recently Modified Cards in PLANTA pulse.
  • In the login screen, enter the user name r60 and the password 123456.
  • Click Sign In.
  • The panel Boards opens.
  • In the menu on the left, click on User to open the User Settings.
  • In the Board Settings, activate the option Highlight Recently Modified Cards
  • Switch back to the panel Boards via the menu on the left. Kate Simpson notices the new board immediately.
  • Because of the changes, it is highlighted in red:
  • She opens the board and can now see the planning by Georg Hart.
  • Since the plan is still new, all cards are highlighted in red. In the future, the highlights will show Kate Simpson which cards have changed on the board.
    • The red highlights disappear once Kate Simpson has opened a card.
    • All highlights are removed when Kate Simpson leaves the board.

Excursion: Filter Cards

  • So far, only a few cards have been added to the board. Because of the avatars, Kate Simpson can therefore see quite quickly which cards she has been assigned to.
  • There is, however, also the option of filtering the cards so that she only sees her own cards.
  • If needed, open the sidebar on the board by clicking <.
  • Click Filter Cards or press F.
  • In the area Members, select the option Me.
  • Kate Simpson now sees the two cards Georg Hart assigned to her.
  • She ends the filter mode by clicking on the x next to Filter is on in the upper right corner or by pressing X.

Sort Cards

  • Kate Simpson now knows that two tasks have been assigned to her.
  • Since the card “Evaluate competitors’ websites” has a due date, she decides to start with this task.
  • To show the rest of the team that she is now working on the task, she drags the card into the corresponding swimlane.
  • Drag the card into the swimlane “In Progress” using Drag&Drop.
  • The card is colored automatically.

Edit Card

  • Kate Simpson now wants to start working on her task.
  • At first, she wants to make a list of other competitors and then inform the team about her progress and the priority of her task.

Create checklist

  • Kate Simpson reads the description of the card and decides to create a list of potential competitors.
  • In PLANTA pulse, she has the option to create a checklist directly on the card.
  • She can then later also tick off the competitors she already worked off.
  • Click on the card.
  • Click on the + next to Checklists.
  • Enter a title (e.g. “Competitors”).
  • Click Save or press Enter.
  • Add checklist items.
  • Click Save or press Enter.

Excursion: Add Attachments

  • From Georg Hart, Kate Simpson also got the task to upload screenshots for the competitors.
  • To do so, she could now add attachments to the corresponding cards.
  • Click on the card.
  • In the upper right, open the card menu by clicking Menue.png and select Add Attachment.
    • Select the option Computer to upload a file from a local directory. OR
    • Select the option Clipboard or Drag&Drop to copy or drag a file into the field.
  • The attachment is now shown in the area Attachments and can also be added as cover.
  • As cover, the attachment is shown in preview on the card.

Write Comment

  • Kate Simpson isn’t sure whether she thought of all the competitors. She wants to ask the team to add more competitors to the checklist, if needed.
  • Therefore, she would like to add a comment on the card.
  • Enter a comment in the field below Activities.
  • Click Add or press CTRL + Enter.

Assign Labels

  • Kate Simpson notices that Georg Hart has created individual labels for the board.
  • She wants to use those to facilitate communication within the team.
Assign Label to a Card
  • Click on the + in the detail view of the card in the area Labels.
  • Select the required labels (e.g. “Prio1” and “Clarification”).
Assign Label via Drag&Drop
  • Select a label from the sidebar and drag it to the card using Drag&Drop.

Record Working Hours

  • Kate Simpson has now worked on the task for 2 hours and wants to record her working hours.
  • Open the card.
  • Enter “2 h” in the field below Activities.
  • The entry turns blue, since it is recognized as recorded working hours.
  • Click Record Working Hours or press CTRL + Enter.
  • The working hours are now also shown in the activity stream of the card:
  • The card can now not be deleted anymore, since working hours have been recorded on it.
  • Kate Simpson can see an overview of her working hours in the panel My Time Recording.

See also: Glossary for PLANTA pulse, Topic Overview
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