Different Groups - Different Columns

Does anyone else think that it would be the coolest thing since sliced bread to be able to make different groups have different columns?

I want to be able to track a website build for different departments without having to create 6 separate boards.

Is this a possibility monday.com???

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Hi Lobster,

I think you are going to get a ton of love for your post … and yes! I think the idea is nice … but … when you start thinking about it, it can be super messy. I’ve been using Monday.com for about a year and a half and have come to learn and appreciate the simplicity of the structure. Although a good idea, I’d prefer to keep the Column / Row concept the way it is. Just like I like to have my separated tabs in excel, I would like to have my monday.com boards separated. Mirroring pulses is useful for combining boards and tasks.

I did try doing the mirror feature for one of my boards to be a “High Level Overview” but having everything in one place would be much better.

Monday.com - It may be more beneficial to have a radio button or something like that to switch this feature on or off when you create a board.

Just an idea…

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YES and NO, Yes, this is would be lovely as a solution often need more than one board. In my use case which is about bid- and tender management I need 4 board, all with different column layout and permissions, One for the planning, one for registers (risks, assumptions etc), one for documents and one for miscellaneous.
No, because it will be bit of messy to have everything in one board.
I am focusing on the ability to have my set of users (members and guest) the same for all boards, I would like to call this a “superboard” or board of boards. Folders will also do as long as I can assign users to it that will be inherited by all boards.
As this is not possible (today) I am building my own “superboard” on my Wordpress website and use the V2 API to threat 4 boards as 1 solution. There are some shortcoming in the API to do that but I am confident these will be solved very soon.

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Does anyone else think that it would be the coolest thing since sliced bread to be able to make different groups have different columns?

Have you read Monday’s support article on this issue?

Don’t think they’ll be changing the existing feature set in Monday anytime soon unless a compelling use case is presented, supported by a majority of users.

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Thanks for sharing this! I have tried using the dashboards, but just haven’t been able to get exactly what I need while making it super easy for the team to navigate.

Hey @Lobster

Thanks for adding your comments :slight_smile:

I think this could be a separate thread in itself - perhaps asking the community in the FAQ section about what it is you’re looking to achieve with the dashboards would be more helpful than in this thread, which is tackling a different topic?

Had the same thought at one point, you can create a similar result by using custom views (hidden columns) and restricting who can view a specific column, however it does not create what you are trying to achieve exactly at the group level you can get close at the board level. We have multiple teams on multiple continents working within one board and each team has multiple views based on their specific needs.

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Thanks for sharing @Aksalano!

Would love to see an example of your board with some different views :eyes:

@Lobster,
I have also thought about having different columns for different groups, and even though it can indeed get messy, I think the user should be allowed to create his own mess. If all the users of the board can navigate easily in the mess it stops being one, I am right?

@JohnW, as a use case I can give you on an overview of a project in which different groups or departments can be involved. I’ll take an example of software development. I have a project, that will have the development part (i.e., analysis, coding, testing publishing) and also deployment, customer service, marketing etc. They all have completely different metrics to overlook, So they can’t be created in the same board.
You can create a board with all the teams within the project with links to appropriate boards, but it takes too long to surf between those and you loose the idea of the overview.
The dashboards can solve this, but still all the widgets and tables it can get messy and vague.
What can solve this, in my opinion is rather a board with different columns or sub-pulses with different columns. So that you can have columns for the pulse, and other columns for sub-pulses.

Hi Julia,

We currently use 131 columns to take orders via the web and process between 3 offices…so a
little difficult to give you a good look by screen shot.

Users for the board are located in the US, Canada and China…soon to also include Cambodia.

We use locked columns, hidden columns and restricted view base on users function / needs.

There are 6 views not including multiple form views for a variety of orders submissions.

The board uses 16 integration’s and 35 automation’s.

Orders are submitted via the web (55 pieces of data collected in a variety of formats), we process then use the data (much of it generated using formula’s) as an export to Excel to create a variety of forms, a web submission summary, Order Acknowledgment and Factory Invoice are composed of all data generated on the board then exported.

Integration’s are used to update customers of the status for their order (via gmail) as it is being manufactured. Automation’s move orders through the board as their status changes among other things. We also use automation’s to convert one vertical status column into individual horizontal status columns which are used to mirror to other boards using linking.

We also use mirrored status columns in individual customer specific boards so customers can see
the status of their order real time as a guest user.

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Wow :astonished:

This is seriously impressive!!

Would love for you to join the monday club and i’m also going to move this to our ‘monday.com for’ category as it’s something I think could help lots of others see the potential of the platform and just how advanced you can take it.

Here’s the form to apply for the monday club - https://forms.monday.com/forms/ad658b2ff2f40b063afd9a9f9465c6df

Thanks again :green_heart:

Hey,

I’m looking for a way to change a column’s name within the 2nd group in a board, without affecting the same column’s name at the 1st group in the same board.

Is there a way to do that? If not, is this something you can add?

Thanks!
Yinon

Hey @Yinon
I move this here as I think it’s pretty connected!

Right now it’s not possible. The thread above includes links to a blog which explains why and other discussion which I think you might find useful :slight_smile:

Would love to hear more about your use case?

Cheers

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Hey @Julia-monday.com,
Thanks for directing me to this useful discussion! :slight_smile:

Per you question about my use case:
Let’s say that my team tracks our weekly progress of a certain project.
This project consists of several items, each is represented by its own column. These items stay the same for the most part, but sometimes they do change slightly from one week to another, depends on the team’s focus that week.

I’d like the columns’ names to reflect these changes, without having to create a separate board for each week.
Since there are many weeks in a year, I’m afraid that the Table widget won’t be useful here.

I’d like to echo @Lobster’s suggestion to add this feature as an optional one. As @Ster wisely said - after all it’s our own mess to handle… :wink:

Thanks again and keep being awesome!
Yinon

Wow! I would love to see all 131 columns you have! My team would definitely benefit from seeing it build out like this. Super impressive!

@Yinon,

You can get the same affect by creating different columns and custom views based on users. Also by controlling who can see which columns. Not an exact solution but more of a work around.

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Thanks for the tip, @Aksalano! I’ll make sure to look into it.
However, as you said, it doesn’t really solve the problem since the issue is with columns that are changing on a weekly basis, not separate columns that are slightly different from each other. I want the same people to be able to track the evolution of the column, if that makes sense…