LeanKit Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing
LeanKit is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool that provides instant project visibility. It is a project management and workflow mapping application that follows agile methodology to promote real collaboration on processes and work items. With its visual management system, it is able to give users an online whiteboard that helps the team adapt easily to changing business requirements or roadblocks while minimizing wasted effort. By following lean and continuous improvement principles, project teams are able to streamline work with the help of a virtual kanban board.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Project status at a glance – LeanKit’s online visual project boards allow companies and organizations to lay out their work processes. This gives a great amount of information instantly whether in terms of status updates or in terms of workflow improvement. Different card colors that represent work items and other details are easily viewed and moved across the board. Settings for work limit on a team member or process are available to encourage focus and productivity while preventing overload.
- Insightful analytics and reports – In each card, details about who it is assigned to, its priority, problems encountered, due date, and other information are kept. All these data form a history and an audit trail. Instead of guess estimating, it offers forecasting based on all the data it has gathered. Therefore, users can know in advance whether delivery dates can be achieved, how much work can be done, or how workload should be efficiently distributed.
- Visual project and portfolio management – LeanKit’s visual board can represent different levels to users wanting instant project visibility. A portfolio board can have cards that represent a project. A project board’s cards can then represent work items. For each card, a task board can be created to contain smaller checklist items. Each card in every board can be viewed for details or metrics for progress tracking or process improvement.
LeanKit offers three editions: Basic, Team, and Portfolio. The free Basic edition allows up to 10 users and 3 kanban boards. The Team edition allows for unlimited number of users, unlimited boards, role-based security, basic metrics and taskboards. The cost is equal to $15 per user per month when billed annually. The Portfolio edition has all the features of the Team edition but has advanced metrics, advanced taskboards, and a portfolio dashboard. The cost amounts to $19 per user per month on an annual billing.
Social Network Presence
LeanKit is ideal for software development or IT team of any size that wants a visual management system and workflow application to aid them in successful product development and release. It is also suited for teams of any function or industry that adheres to agile methodology, lean principles, and the kanban system. It is for organizations engaged in multiple projects that believe instant project visibility will provide them successful delivery of products or services but also show them the opportunities for continuous process improvement.
The application supports the English language.
Some of their Clients
Clients include Rolls Royce, NBC Universal, Adobe, Alcatel-Lucent, Spotify and Monster.com.
Lars Ihler of Smallworld Systems AS, Norway, finds LeanKit as a really useful tool in helping the company implement lean methods. The use of a virtual kanban board is proof that everyone is following the principles, which helped in the growth of the business.
Michael simply stated that the visual management tool has greatly improved workflow visibility. Emails asking who is working on what has stopped and now, they really have a lean approach in the company.
Adam from a logistics provider company highly recommends it. The iPad and iPhone compatibility of the software helped him and his team become more productive.
A visual management system can help users easily visualize the workflow and have ideas to improve it. It is also easier to see the workload and status of everyone. Visual cues and indicators are more noticeable so people can act fast and prevent problems or delays. LeanKit has the ability to show instant project visibility that improves performance and reduces waste.
LeanKit, Inc, is a privately held company based in Franklin, Tennessee, USA. It was founded in 2009, formerly named Bandit Software, LLC. In November 2012, it received about $1.5 million dollars in investment funding. It also reported that as of February 2013, it now has about 1000 customer companies, or more than 20,000 paying customers in North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Last July, it was named Cool Vendor in the category of Program and Portfolio Management by analyst firm Gartner, Inc. LeanKit is dedicated in creating a visual tool that reinvents the way teams get work done.