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LeanKit

Kanban Visual Project Management


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Published 01/13/2015 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

LeanKit is a visual project management tool based on the Kanban method. The software is suitable to businesses and projects of all sizes, providing teams with a more efficient task and process mapping solution, as well as a collaboration tool. LeanKit uses a virtual whiteboard to take advantage of the visual way in which people consume information. Various board types, card types and swimlanes enable the app to adapt to your unique way of working.

LeanKit’s visual kanban boards consist of vertical swimlanes to represent the steps taken to complete a process. Work items are represented as cards that can be moved along from one swimlane to the next as they move through the processes you define. LeanKit uses a tiered board approach so that you can drill down into information associated with tasks and subtasks. Various views, such as workflow and calendar, are used to to get the information you need, such as who is working on what, when tasks are due, and to identify bottlenecks, blockers and expedites.

LeanKit is not only a visual Kanban project management tool, but also offers a number of integrated collaboration features. These tools help dispersed teams work together regardless of their location and remove the need for multiple, individual communication tools. LeanKit lets team members publish status updates, make comments and ask questions. Furthermore, it allows for access by stakeholders, even for multiple teams and boards. LeanKit lets you measure the effectiveness of your planning and processes with reporting and analytics on metrics such as flow, quality, and lead time.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

LeanKit was founded by four individuals who combined have wide experience in the areas of IT and development, using Lean, Agile and Kanban methods. The team created LeanKit with a goal to improve communication and collaboration among project teams using visual processes, thus reducing room for human error. Some of their more well-known clients include Adobe, PayPal, Verizon, Spotify, Yahoo! and Siemens

What are the differences to other apps?

LeanKit stands out from other Kanban visual project management software through its focus on collaboration. In this way, LeanKit is able to handle organizations with multiple, dispersed teams with various projects happening at once. Boards can be connected at the project, portfolio and team level, and offer universal visibility.

LeanKit also stands out for its reporting capabilities, with visual, graphical reports that help to evaluate performance and identify room for improvement. Advanced features of the Enterprise edition of LeanKit include policies, class of service, WIP limits and board templates.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

LeanKit is a highly visual tool, designed to work with the way humans process information. The kanban boards can be split into vertical swimlanes that represent steps in a process, these lanes can be split horizontally for various teams/areas within a step. The cards (tasks) that move along the lanes incorporate colors, photos, initials, status updates and task information. All of the reports are also highly visual, representing data through colorful graphs and charts.

How does the registration process work?

You can try LeanKit for free for 30-days by clicking on the “Free Trial” button on the top right-hand corner of the homepage. This leads to a page with a form to fill in requesting your name, business email, company name and phone number. You then click on “create account” to start your free trial which can later be upgraded if you wish.

What does it cost to use the application?

LeanKit is offered through 3 various pricing plans: Basic, Team and Portfolio. the basic plan is free for up to 10 users and includes 3 kanban boards. The Team plan costs $15 per month and includes unlimited kanban boards, and additional features such as automated metrics and granular task breakdown. The Portfolio plan costs $19 per month and includes additional features such as: multi-level boards, advanced metrics and reports, and pre-built integrations

Who would you recommend the application to?

LeanKit is suitable for companies of all sizes in all industries, with affordable plans for SMBs, yet enterprise scale features for larger organizations. However, the collaboration tools and flexibility of the board structure, along with its mobile capabilities, make LeanKit a great choice for large, dispersed teams. Due to the Kanban design the app is ideal for teams familiar with Agile and Lean methodologies.

The ability to set access rights means the software can be used by employees, customers and partners alike. LeanKit is used by companies across a range of sectors including software, technology, telecom, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, energy, education and more.

  • Visual Kanban board that can be shared and viewed on any device
  • Vertical and horizontal swimlanes for various process steps and actions
  • Task “cards” with color codes, team photos, status updates and more
  • Drill into tasks and subtasks to see details such as comments, attachments and history
  • Publish status updates, ask questions and add comments
  • Advanced Kanban features such as policies, class of service, WIP limits and board template
  • Pre-built Zapier integrations with over 300 third party apps, such as Google, Salesforce, and Zendesk


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