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LeanKit

Enterprise Kanban | Visual Management Made Easier
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  • Simple Workflow Mapping
  • Visual Team Collaboration
  • Automated Reports and Notifications
  • Integration via API
  • Real-time Updates
  • Project File Attachments
  • Sample Workflow Templates
  • Cycle Time Analytics
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Built-in Work-in-Process (WIP) Limits
  • iOS (iPhone-iPad) and Android Apps
  • Icons for Assigned Users, Due Date and Priority
  • Touchscreen Compatible
  • Efficiency Diagrams
  • Work Distribution Diagrams
  • Cloud-hosted
  • Calendar and Workflow Views
  • Role-based Security Controls
  • Vertical Lanes and Horizontal Swimlanes

LeanKit Overview

LeanKit is a software-based visual management tool relying on Kanban systems. The tool allows users to visualize work and workflow processes, get real-time updates about the activity and status of various tasks and the ability to spot areas where processes can be further improved.

The product covers the needs of any project or process -- no matter how complex -- and meets the needs of organizations from all industry sectors.

Leankit uses a whiteboard metaphor that users populate with cards that visualize their work within their team’s workflow. Accessible on any web-enabled device, LeanKit connects teams of all sizes, providing a shared understanding of the details and status of work items -- regardless of location. Lean metrics and reports help organizations assess performance and identify opportunities for improvement.

An example of how LeanKit visualizes a software team's work and workflow

A 2013 Gartner, Inc. "Cool Vendor" in Program/Portfolio Management

Designed for the practical implementation of Kanban, LeanKit is a highly flexible platform that lets you visualize your process, collaborate more effectively and identify opportunities for improvement. LeanKit provides a real-time, shared understanding of activity and status, making it the ideal tool to manage both project and process work.

Using cards on a virtual whiteboard, LeanKit harnesses the innate human preference for consuming information visually. By creating a visual model of your team’s work and workflow, you gain insight that’s otherwise lost in list-based tools. Our intuitive software provides a single, consolidated view of the work that teams can easily access and interact with across multiple locations, devices and systems.

What is LeanKit?

LeanKit is designed to support organizations scaling Kanban across multiple teams, projects and locations. It enables organizations to connect boards at the portfolio, project and team levels, providing everyone with the right level of visibility to assess project status and manage dependencies.

With LeanKit, users can easily monitor team-level execution, keep track of subtasks for each work item and even get automatically generated diagrams representing various effectiveness-critical data values and metrics.

A board showing work categorized by feature set

Visualize Your Work and Workflow
See how work flows through your team’s process using virtual Kanban boards. LeanKit lets you define and evolve your process without restricting the way you work. Use vertical lanes to visualize each step in your flow and horizontal swimlanes to represent parallel processes on the same board. As your process changes, easily modify your board layout to ensure that it accurately reflects the steps your team follows to get work done.

Plan and Track Your Work
In LeanKit, work items are visually represented as cards. Add upcoming work to the backlog and prioritize it according to business value. Using the workflow and calendar views, LeanKit lets you instantly see what’s being worked on, who’s doing the work, and how and when it needs to be done. Making the work visible—along with blockers, bottlenecks and expedites—gives your team a shared understanding of activity and status.

Work Together More Effectively
LeanKit provides a go-to place that helps teams stay connected and informed, regardless of whether you’re in the same room or geographically distributed. Built-in collaboration features make it easy to ask questions and share status updates, reducing the risk of costly misunderstandings, oversights and handoff delays. Many teams also display their LeanKit boards on a touchscreen monitor to collaborate on work planning and execution.

Stay Connected On the Go
Status updates and new information can happen at any time, making it crucial to stay informed and immediately communicate changes to your team. LeanKit can be easily accessed anytime, anywhere from a browser or mobile device. Mobile apps for iOS and Android let you check status, make updates and add comments while you’re on the go. Any changes made from your mobile device are instantly visible to the entire team.

Align Strategy with Execution
Align your strategic initiatives with team-level execution using LeanKit’s tiered board approach. Visualize your initiatives at a high level and then drill through to the implementation board to see the associated work details. Keep track of the subtasks for each work item using task boards. LeanKit is designed to provide the right level of visibility and detail to the right people, making it easy to track each initiative through to implementation.

Measure Your Effectiveness
Powerful reporting and analytics help you identify opportunities for continuous improvement. Measure the effectiveness of your process using insightful metrics such as flow, quality, throughput and lead time. For a deeper understanding of who did what and when, drill into the history of any card for a detailed audit trail. Both team level and enterprise roll-up reporting is available, with the option to combine LeanKit data with other company data to support custom reporting needs.

Improve Your Flow of Work
Advanced Kanban capabilities -- such as policies, class of service and WIP limits -- support continuous improvement at the team and organizational levels. Keep your process consistent by making policies explicit. Assign class of service to categorize work items based on business value and risk. To keep work flowing smoothly and quickly identify bottlenecks, set work-in-progress limits by lane or individual.

Integrate with Other Systems
Create a consolidated view of your work and eliminate duplicate data entry by integrating LeanKit with your existing systems. Our open source integration service coordinates two-way communications with Microsoft Project Server, TFS, and VS Online; as well as GitHub, JIRA, Buildmaster, Oracle Primavera and more. Add cards to designated boards based on work triggers and keep your updates synchronized. Also, Zapier offers hundreds of pre-built integrations between LeanKit and your favorite web apps, such as Google, Salesforce and Zendesk.

Who is LeanKit For?

LeanKit is suitable for any team or organization implementing visual management based on the Kanban Method. The flexibility to map any process makes it suitable for small teams to large enterprises, but its role will be even more crucial when members of a team are distributed.

The roles and departments that may benefit from LeanKit extend from the CEO of a company, to all employees, customers and partners. The list of current customers includes several well-known representatives from the Software, Technology, Telecommunications, Financial Services, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Media, Retail, Energy and Education sectors.

Intended Users
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profits, Public Administrations, Small Business
Supported Countries
Asia, Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom, United States
Supported Languages
English

LeanKit Main Features

Reporting and Metrics

Leankit can use the data you input in cards and gather all related factors under a common metrics platform offering automatic metrics and visual report generations of various types and fits for different purposes.

This can help easily identify improvement opportunities, share professional graphical reports of various interesting parts of the workflow with your customers, employees and collaborators, and evaluate the overall efficiency of your company, or the productiveness of a specific department.

An auto-generated Efficiency Diagram

Workflow Visualization

By enabling you to model your own process, LeanKit provides a deeply informative, consolidated view of your work and workflow. This visibility of your process — as well as of your work items, blockers, bottlenecks and expedites — presents your team with a shared understanding of activity and status.

Work item specifics can be easily set through every card's "edit details" option, where you can add textual information like title, description and external links, as well as visual card icons for information like priority, assigned users, deadlines, and tags.

A LeanKit card showing work item details and taskboards

Collaboration Features

Whether you're an onsite team or distributed around the world, LeanKit's collaboration features help you stay informed and up to date. LeanKit connects everyone together in real time and across all devices, offering an equally seamless ability to perform any task, such as checking the status of a card, updating, or even making comments on it. Members can work individually or in teams with multi-user assignments and by the means of comment threads.

Flexible Enterprise Platform

LeanKit can cover the needs of a wide spectrum of different departments, roles, company sizes and industry sectors, while also remaining fully compatible with many popular related services that are integrated and can have their data imported.

Using LeanKit's tiered board approach, organizations can visualize their strategic initiatives at a high level and then drill down to track implementation details. The scalable platform supports as many users, projects and locations as needed.

An example of a strategic-level board that drills through to execution-level work

Advanced Kanban Features

As an enterprise Kanban tool, LeanKit offers built-in, advanced Kanban features such as policies, class of service, WIP limits and board templates.

This makes it possible to not only improve the flow of your work and increase efficiency but also support continuous improvement at the team and organizational levels.

A LeanKit board with visual indicators showing policies, class of service and WIP limits

  • Virtual Kanban application tool
  • Simple drag-n-drop whiteboard interface
  • Great interoperability with mobile and embedded devices
  • Suitable for businesses of all sizes
  • Advanced metrics and analytical reports

Screenshots of LeanKit

Screenshot #1 of LeanKit (Track and manage a multitude of tasks and steps)
Screenshot #2 of LeanKit (Easily collaborate and share information -- anytime, anywhere)
Screenshot #3 of LeanKit (Measure the effectiveness of your process with powerful reporting and analytics (shown: cycle time report))
Screenshot #4 of LeanKit (Calendar view easily manages date-dependent work)
Screenshot #5 of LeanKit (Use LeanKit as the visual layer to other tracking systems using our open source integration (shown: MS TFS))
Screenshot #6 of LeanKit (A sample portfolio hierachy)
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Specifications

Devices Supported
Android, iPhone-iPad, Web-based
Supported Platforms
Google Apps, Open API, Quickbooks Intuit, Salesforce
Support Options
FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials

LeanKit Integrations

LeanKit helps you visualize "buried" data in other tools by offering pre-built integrations between LeanKit and software such as Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Online, and Project Server; GitHub and Oracle Primavera.

In addition to this, LeanKit comes with Zapier integrated. This means that over 300 online service applications are supported. Some examples are Google, Salesforce, Zendesk, Emma and Hubspot.

LeanKit Pricing

LeanKit is available in three different product editions. Basic, Team and Portfolio. Basic is free to use but is limited to 3 kanban boards and up to ten users. The Team costs 15 usd per user per month, it offers unlimited number of boards, data import/export and automated metrics. The portfolio package costs 19 usd per user per month and comes with multi-level boards, global search tool, advanced metrics and reports, and pre-built integrations.

Pricing model: Freemium, Subscription
Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

Basic Edition - FREE
Team Edition - $15 / month / user*
Portfolio Edition - $19 / month / user*

Basic Edition is free, as long as you like, for up to 10 users and three boards. Add more users, more boards and leverage some of LeanKit’s advanced features with LeanKit’s Team Edition. Upgrade to Portfolio Edition to create nested levels of boards that can be linked together and roll up metrics to one central reporting hub.

*When billed annually. Nonprofit discounts available.

Benefits

Teams need a shared tool to help them stay aligned and to visualize their work. With LeanKit, you can map processes on virtual whiteboards for a complete and transparent view of status, issues and updates. Track and manage a multitude of tasks and steps. Keep extended teams on the same page. Support continuous delivery with better communication, and improve your process over time with insightful analytics.

Awesome for multifaceted swimlanes

Kelly Hair28th of March 17:21

I can't say enough good things about Leankit. Only issue was that it took me an hour to grasp the UI with splitting horizontal & vertical swimlanes. However, once I had that down, I saw the power of being able to visually represent what I wanted to with the tool. Granted, I'm not using it for kanban per say, I'm using it for customer/prospect management primarily. In a single pane of glass, I was able to represented 30 different customers/prospects, where these customers stood relative to our core values & categories for developing the market. I know this is not software development... pivoting a bit here... Big proponent of this tool. Glad my company forced it upon me because it's a huge improvement over the rather simple, but go to tool, Trello. Trello still has its place but it seems arcane all of a sudden.

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chaos to simplicity

graypz7th of January 20:07

This application allows you to move from a chaotic approach to customer service to an organised one. Links to JIRA as well so it actually compliments rather than replaces it.

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