LeanKit Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

LeanKit

Enterprise Kanban | Visual Project Management

4.44/5 (39 reviews)

LeanKit overview

What is LeanKit?

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. 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.
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United States, Asia, Australia, Canada, China and 7 other markets, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English
LeanKit screenshot: Easily collaborate and share information -- anytime, anywhereLeanKit Product TourLeanKit screenshot: Track and manage a multitude of tasks and stepsLeanKit screenshot: Measure the effectiveness of your process with powerful reporting and analytics (shown: efficiency report)LeanKit screenshot: Use LeanKit as the visual layer to other tracking systems using our open source integration (shown: MS TFS)

LeanKit reviews

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Joel Bennett

Great for personal and business kanban

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-11-28
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Simple to use and set up, visual and easy to navigate, drag and drop features.

Cons
Some of the reporting features were hard to customize or modify, and instructions were not always in depth enough.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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David Butler

Flexible lean project management tool

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-02-07
Review Source: Capterra

It was fast, flexible and offered team independence. While the company ultimately moved to a more feature rich tool that better served our needs, I would say that leankit is a great solution and should certainly be in your short list.

Pros
This is a nice relatively lightweight application that is easily configurable. Teams can quickly setup their own boards as they want and share them with other teams to view. The interface is simple and intuitive with a good level of configuration. Leankit delivers on the simplicity and ease of use.

Cons
At the time of using it, it was not easy to share work across multiple boards. The option at the time was to create a master board and create dependencies from there. That only worked if you planned for that at the beginning. However, if you were to decide later that you wanted to do this, it was much more difficult to retrospectively build that hierarchy. It also stripped new lines from descriptions, while there are workarounds with tags, it was frustrating that have wrapping automatically.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Stephanie Simpson

Great Software, but a Little on the Pricey Side

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-05-05
Review Source: Capterra

Daily standups, ability to see at a glance what my team is working on and what they have accomplished.

Pros
This software had everything we wanted in a Kanban board. Ease of use, ability to customize how we wanted it to look with subcategories, etc. We used this for our daily standups and weekly meetings.

Cons
The features are great, the cost if what made us move to another product

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Thomas Connors

It's a Project Tracking Tool | Not the Best, Not the Worst

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-04-06
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, my experience with LeanKit is fine. It's a project management tool and productivity tracker and each of those have their benefits and drawbacks. I don't find LeanKit to really be better or worse than any other one that I've used and it is valuable to be able to see the work that your coworkers have on their plates so you're not asking them to do something when they've already got enough on their plate.

Pros
I really like the way Leankit visualizes tasks as 'cards', so you can see blocks that you and your co-workers are working on at any given time. It can be a little visually overwhelming at first, but there are filtering options that you can turn on to only show you cards that you're attached to, or make other peoples' cards transparent so you get a more at-a-glance view of your tasks for the day/week etc.

Cons
It's fairly bare bones. On top of this, if you've only got one lane for projects being worked on and people put enough cards in there that the time surpasses the allotment, a notification comes up asking you to enter a reason that you're going over the time limit. You can enter whatever you want into the dialogue box making this basically superfluous. I wouldn't have as much of an issue with this if the lane showed you were over the time limit without the annoying popup.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Anonymous

Good All-Around Project Board

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-12-03
Review Source: Capterra

We use it to project and plan several projects and tasks. It's connected to Okta and Okta groups. Everyone here uses it, so that's nice to have one tool across the organization.

Pros
LeanKit is a simple, intuitive way to create and track tasks for KANBAN. I've used others and I'm fairly happy with LeanKit. Integrates with SSO (Okta) and is very nice. Very easy to use. Link to other systems (ticketing systems, etc). Very good visual representation and good for collaboration.

Cons
None that I can think of. Other than difficulty deleting cards that you fat-finger, you need an admin to remove them. Just use it and get used to not having to delete cards for correction.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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LeanKit pricing

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Free
Free trial
Subscription
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Standard Edition - $12 / month / user*
Select Edition - $19 / month / user*
Advanced Edition - $32 / month / user*
Premium Edition - $49 / month / user*

Lite Edition is free for up to 3 users. Add more users, more boards and leverage some of LeanKit’s advanced features with LeanKit’s Standard Edition. Upgrade to Select Edition to create nested levels of boards that can be linked together and roll up metrics to one central reporting hub. Get even more features with Advanced and Premium Editions.

LeanKit features

API
Projections

Activity Dashboard (142 other apps)
Activity Tracking (130 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (132 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (169 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (133 other apps)
Gantt Charts (126 other apps)
Multiple Projects (115 other apps)
Prioritizing (140 other apps)
Progress Tracking (130 other apps)
Project Management (176 other apps)
Project Planning (132 other apps)
Project Time Tracking (174 other apps)
Project Tracking (129 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (121 other apps)
Task Management (155 other apps)
Task Tracking (152 other apps)
Third Party Integration (140 other apps)
Timesheets (115 other apps)

GetApp Analysis

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


Bottom Line

  • 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

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Additional information for LeanKit

Key features of LeanKit

  • 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
  • Role-based Security Controls
  • Vertical Lanes and Horizontal Swimlanes
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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.