LeanKit by Planview

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LeanKit by Planview review by Rachel H.
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"Intuitive software that increases throughput!"

What do you like best?

I like how easy and fun it is to move cards to done and track your progress on projects that deliver value to users. You can create cards quickly, fill in more details, classify them according to type of work/value, assign them to one or more team members, get notifications on progress, attach files for reference, and much more. It's a simple, clean design but powerful underneath.

What do you dislike?

The hyperlinks in card comments do not look like hyperlinks until you hover over them, and URLs are not automatically rendered as clickable links.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn about Lean/Agile first and make sure your whole team understands the lean concepts of sequencing, focusing on chunks of value rather than focusing on chunks of work, etc. The ideas have to be there for the tool to make any sense. However, if you are already striving to be a lean/agile team, use LeanKit!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used to struggle to prioritize tasks and keep track of the goal (rather than just the work). Now, my teammates and I have a weekly Monday planning meeting where we queue up the cards we are going to work on this week and coordinate our goals, and a weekly Friday meeting to celebrate the cards we moved to DONE. We discuss what we should be doing, how it creates value for our customers, and what should be prioritized over what.

I used to just check off tasks in whatever order I thought best, but now the team works together to create value. It sounds like a subtle shift, but it has made a world of difference in my department and beyond. Leankit has facilitated that. Cards on a customizable board, quite simply, work better to get things finished and keep the right mindset than tasks on a checklist. It's simple, powerful, almost magical.

Notes:

1) There are probably many wrong ways of using LeanKit that wouldn't generate these results. It's the Lean/Agile methodology that really makes the difference, but Leankit makes it much easier to stay lean/agile in your daily work.

2) Full disclosure: I happen to be closely related to a Planview LeanKit employee, but I do actually use LeanKit for work on a daily basis and have noticed an enormous difference since starting to use it. The opinions in this review are still my honest opinions.

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LeanKit by Planview review by Jordan W.
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"Dev workflow tool"

What do you like best?

Leankit makes seeing your own tasks very easy. I like that as soon as a task is ready to go into testing I receive an email stating that I have been assigned to a card and testing is ready to begin. It also makes it a lot easier to see what we have waiting in our stand up, what we have waiting as a priority and if and why a card has been blocked.

What do you dislike?

If I had to say something it would probably be the mobile app, however it is still a great tool just needs to be updated a bit to mirror the web app

Recommendations to others considering the product

I strongly recommend Leankit, you can start a free trial and have a look for yourself.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this in our daily stand up, it saves us a lot of time where we can filter between the different assignee's and different priorities/card types.

What Project Management solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
LeanKit by Planview review by Matt C.
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"Development Team Workflow using Leankit"

What do you like best?

Leankit makes it really easy to see what tasks i've been assigned to and where they are in the development process.

Using the comments system allows me to communicate with different members of the team.

We use the api to send information between leankit and zendesk which is very easy to use.

When needed to, I've contacted support via Twitter and always got a prompt reply.

What do you dislike?

At times i wish there was more customisation on cards, for example when a card moves into a lane it would be good if you specify some rules about what's in the card.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows members of the team to see what's on their task list and where other people are with different tasks.

Used in our daily stand up meeting and is easy to switch between the different assignee's.

Moved over from Jira and the workflow process greatly improved.

LeanKit by Planview review by Matthew B.
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"Tools for Development Control"

What do you like best?

This Kanban style board is full of features and very easy to use. Our team had been playing with Trello, then Jira, but all seemed to not really fit what we were after. Once we found Leankit, we tried their Demo and signed up for a free trial. It must have taken us no more than two days to come to the conclusion this was what we needed.

If you are familiar with Kanban then this board will make sense. There are a number of example boards to start with to get you up and running, each with defined cards. The ability to colour cards and assign users each with an avatar makes the whole single view very quick and simple to use.

With each stand up we are able to go through the current work load quickly and efficiently. We are able to see the backlog and able to prioritize the cards as needed.

What do you dislike?

The mobile App is not as good as the Webapp which is excellent. They could invest a little more into the mobile app.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Create an account and start the free trial. Do not shy away from the leankit contact who in my case was very helpful. I would really suggest giving it a go.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This helps my development team to achieve continuous improvement. We have become a lot better at delivering more projects, quickly. This has made a difference to the team and how they feel towards the incoming projects.

LeanKit by Planview review by Gabriella S.
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"LeanKit Review"

What do you like best?

I love how sleek the design is. Everything is easy to find on the project, and easily categorized. We use LeanKit for developers during our releases to keep track of their tasks, and for our services team to assign deployments. It is easy to use for both use cases and easy for our team to keep track of.

What do you dislike?

We use LeanKit by putting 'Card Type' as the person who is assigned to a given card, and any helpers are added as 'Assigned Users'. This can get confusing because we wish that we could terminology change the 'Card Type' to 'Assigned Users' and 'Assigned Users' to 'Additional Users' or 'Helpers' or something else.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely use LeanKit! We love it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use LeanKit for release cards when we push out software releases, as well as assigning projects to our users. It makes it very easy for our users to know who is assigned to what subjects.

LeanKit by Planview review by Rajesh  Y.
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"a single platform for the complete status view of the entire business deliverables."

What do you like best?

Personally I like the idea of having a consolidated status view , which provides the persons from management a holistic view of the entire deliverables and we could rapidly integrate the same in our opportunities and risk areas.

What do you dislike?

Even though the experience is very good, however, there is always a scope for improvement. Some more documentation and hierarchy could be made, to further enhance its utilization at different levels of organization and thus achieve a more collaborative and agile way of working while using the leankit.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would like to strongly recommend the usage of Leankit by Planview for managing the projects and business deliveries in more agile and scrum format.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My core area is program management, which means I have to track a lot of different projects, which are working at different levels. The Leankit provides me an opportunity to integrate the outcomes and life cycles of all my projects in a single board of Leankit and thus getting timely update from a single view.

LeanKit by Planview review by Stephen C.
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"LeanKit is okay"

What do you like best?

The best thing about it and how our department uses LeanKit is more like a to-do list. When cards are created and added to our boards we have a visual representation of what needs to be done.

What do you dislike?

The major dislike (and honestly, why our department doesn't care to use it) is because LeanKit doesn't have enough granularity with its filters; or I should say, the option to save filters. Our entire department is made up of smaller sub-departments, and each of these have a lead engineer/manager. We have multiple boards to sift through. Not being able to save filters makes traversing boards and cards cumbersome...to the point where it's not worth messing with.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If LeanKit can update the ability to save filters, I believe our department would use this tool far more.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For myself, I primarily use LeanKit to be a visual to-do list. This helps me not forget tasks.

LeanKit by Planview review by Dorota G.
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"LeanKit review"

What do you like best?

It is easy to use for everybody. The interface is also very clean and nice to look at. It is useful for management and regular users. It gives many options to build your board as you like it. I think it is an easier tool than Jira for example. For people who are new in Agile way of working it is a good starter. It is good that to one card many assigners can be assign and it is easy to change it very fast. It is also an advantage the ability to create several boards on one page, which is good when you have different subprojects and there is no need in swapping from one page to another. It is very convenient I would even say.

What do you dislike?

The settings are not so developed and it is a pity that once you create a card on your board there is no option to delete it. It can only be put to Archive and this way the board can be easily messed by card which are not in use anymore and are not needed. Maybe there is this option to delete, however, I couldn't find it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is good option to Jira.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We create some kind of a Kanban Board in LeanKit. It helps us managing our tasks in everyday work. It is also a really good for our Project Manager to see how the project flow is going.

LeanKit by Planview review by Mirco  L.
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"Its awesome"

What do you like best?

The operation is easy. The overview is clear. Communication with other participants works very well. You can use the tool across departments.

What do you dislike?

One would have to have more individual influence on the tool. An idea would be a kind of "open source" application in which the user can independently change operations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I had shortlisted LeanKit before 2012 after getting a quick overview of the different tools. I also liked Trello very much, but LeanKit spoke to me immediately. I think it was mainly the possibility to hide backlog and archive and the design possibilities at the lanes, which had done to me. True to the motto "Try it" is about studying so I put my new LeanKit board into operation at the end of April.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The department can be organized. The department can also be displayed transparently. Projects can be started and transferred to other areas of the company. The possibility to divide horizontally Lanes, I find very helpful. It opens up a wide variety of possibilities in the design of the board and has an extremely positive effect on the clarity! A feature that I definitely do not want to miss anymore!

When it comes to customizing the board structure, I was very pleasantly surprised how good it works on the iPad via the webapp. Only the "Card Styles" can not be adjusted here. The iOS app does not offer this functionality either, but that does not bother you, because you do not always make these adjustments.

The only drawback with the iOS app: The editing works only with Internet connection, which makes it sometimes difficult to use travel times for planning! PRO: WIP limits, design options and notifications make the tool very appealing to me.

iOS App and Webapp are very comfortable to use.

Changes can be made quickly, so no idea is lost.

CON: I would like to be able to use IFTTT because I do not want to spend the cost of Zapier for private purposes.

Regular tasks can not be mastered either.

Both would not be a problem if you could create maps by email. This is the biggest drawback in my opinion!

LeanKit by Planview review by kailash r.
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"Review of Leankit from my Perspective"

What do you like best?

I like the ease with which I can work and move projects without any difficulty. Each card in Leankit KANBAN board has all the information that is required and it also has block option which helps me analyse which project was stuck in which lane and what was the reason for the same. This tool helps me in my day to day work.

What do you dislike?

There are some updates that is made which the user will not be made aware of. The user experience changes when you login to the board the next day. This will make the user wonder what changed and how to adopt to the change drastically. Any new updates that is made can be notified to the user (via mail) which will help the user to adopt to the upgrades.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We build Servers based on the application and requirement given by the application teams. We have created different lanes on the KANBAN board and cards are created with respective information. As the server build progresses we move the respective card created to respective lane and block the cards when there are roadblocks while building the server.

LeanKit by Planview review by Amber S.
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"Lean and Planned "

What do you like best?

Being able to manage different types of tasks through cards and boards. Adding comments and being able to upload documents for a card is another great functionality provided by LeanKit. The support to define child cards along with being able to see the history of a card is an added advantage.

What do you dislike?

Not being able to mark a card as duplicate as in if two cards have been created for the same purpose there should be a straightforward way to mark a card as duplicate for the other card. Also i found that finding a card which has been archived using its name is quite difficult. There should be some search mechanism which could help in easing this up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product to support Agile

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Leankit supports in working with the Agile process. Individuals can see and manage their tasks in a better way. It benefits the scrum master in an Agile process to seamlessly create and assign tasks to team members along with assigning a priority to the task and also due dates. Being able to maintain cards as per the Parent cards is another better way to of managing tasks which are related or tasks which fall under the same category. Another great feature would be being able to block a card until another card has been implemented, which really helps to provide greater clarity in understanding the workflow. Maintaining tags for cards is another great functionality to manage related tasks.

LeanKit by Planview review by Reuben C.
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"LeanKit is a great KanBan product for any team!"

What do you like best?

I like how simple it is to use. There are so many features, but they make it intuitive and easy to stay on track and share information.

What do you dislike?

There isn't really anything I don't like! There are some ways that my team members use it that can be frustrating at times, but that isn't the product's fault.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it! It has many features that are super useful!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it for project management. We have departments all over the company that are sending us projects and we have to collaborate with many team members that reside all over the place. We meet every other week to discus projects and LeanKit is basically our agenda. We go over each card, its status, issues, etc. We have found that the attachment abilities allow file sharing for those without vpn, historical information is easy to access, and everyone can instantly know where their projects are.

LeanKit by Planview review by Sorcha M.
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"A great Kanban or agile development board"

What do you like best?

Having multiple columns to organise the team around types of tasks or projects is beneficial. There are multi-coloured cards (where the tasks go) and tasks available. I like that the tasks you place inside cards can hold a lot of information and can have additional comments, photos and information on them.

What do you dislike?

You are unable to delete tasks (inside cards). If something is incorrect it has to be moved to an "incorrect" or "done" area or labelled incorrect.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We find this particularly useful four our QA and Support team to identify and resolve bugs in the game through an initial vetting process. Bugs can be placed by support as tasks, and comments can be added to those as we learn more about the issue or discover further incidents. The bug, if reproduced, can be then changed to a different colour, moved to a different section of the card or taken into JIRA or Sifter. We also use Leankit for organising around projects such as rewriting articles on our help center. Sections of the help center to be redone can have individual cards and then tasks for each article can be placed inside.

LeanKit by Planview review by User
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"Excellent Project/Development management tool"

What do you like best?

It's very easy to customize the boards to create a unique process for each project. The UI is very intuitive and easy to understand. We often have users outside of the development team come in and use the tool and they are able to understand it right away. This was not the same for other tools that we tried. The cards themselves have a lot of valuable information that can be easily entered and read. The stats and reporting is very valuable too.

What do you dislike?

I wish searching individual boards was a slightly easier. For large projects, it can sometimes be hard to know where a card is located currently. Better search functionality would help out in these situations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps keep track of large projects easily and easily see how close a project is to finishing. Leankit is a source of truth for all information related to projects we are currently working on our projects we would like to take on in the future

LeanKit by Planview review by Bart F.
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"Great visibility on what everyone is working on"

What do you like best?

I like the history tab. Being able to hold people accountable for what they did and when they did it has been great for us. No more "I put the paper on his desk yesterday"

What do you dislike?

I miss the calendar view. Rather than making it better, it got scrapped. I wish there were more emphasis on due dates and updating dates on older cards.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Leankit works best if its your sole source for information within your company. Use it 100% and its great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We eliminated a lot of printed paper and have organized our office activities much better. Its added a lot of oversight and shows us our bottlenecks in different departments.

LeanKit by Planview review by User in Industrial Automation
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"Eco-friendly Kanban"

What do you like best?

Task visualization & collaboration: This is the new age of post-its. It's a great way to collaborate on team tasks, to define owners and due dates. Color coding and icons help team members visualize activities and any dependencies or block that could be preventing progress.

What do you dislike?

Clunky metric reporting - some metric reports we run rely on searching for scope or icon information. Here capitalization matters, and when you have over 200 users - it's hard to make sure they are all using the appropriate spelling or tags. There are also limitations to tracking comment information or history when cards get deleted.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great tool my team uses to track SAFe stories and dependencies. I enjoy using the visual platform to track assigned tasks, completion dates, and anything that may be causing a block or delay. This tool is working well for our development projects, so far we have not collected enough data to determine if this is actually keeping us on track, but it is helping prevent scope creep and prioritize resource utilization.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this software to help us implement SAFe Agile team tracking - this has supported our development engineering teams to help maintain project schedules and minimize scope creep.

LeanKit by Planview review by Alberto A.
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"Posttest on the Screen"

What do you like best?

I like that leankit is like having posttest on my screen as it clears up a lot of my desk space, so now I have a very tidy clean desk. I also like that I get to assign task to my colleagues to make them work.

What do you dislike?

I really do not like that I can not move the window that opens up a card to link it to a child or parent card, cause I forget what I need to link it to and can move the window to see the other cards behind for their name.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use leankit to keep your workers in check and their task on time and ensure to save the trees so we can all breath in the future.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the deforestation of the brazilin rainforest by me not having to purchase and use so many posttest.

LeanKit by Planview review by John B.
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"Leankit Review"

What do you like best?

I don't use this product as much as the OPS team but it appears easy to move a property from one status to another by clicking and dragging, to keep track of business flow

What do you dislike?

It seems the layout could look a little more organized. To be frank I'm not in the program every day so not an expert.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good product, can follow the production process/board easily and move products from step to step.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Leankit lets the ops team build out products and sales/management can follow along with which step each product is at in the buildout process.

LeanKit by Planview review by William V.
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"Overall, a nice, easy to use product that needs some refinement around the edges."

What do you like best?

We migrated to LeanKit from Jira. LeanKit is a simplified version of Jira, which is probably what I like best.

What do you dislike?

It has some fairly blatant bugs/inconsistencies that need to be resolved. For example, the use of the "@" sign to mention/tag people doesn't always work smoothly; it can be finicky when backspacing a person's name you're trying to find/tag and when pasting text in a comment when someone is mentioned with the "@" sign.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're improving general business project process and management. It offers a lower learning curve than Jira to new and existing users.

LeanKit by Planview review by Jennie K.
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"Clinical Engineer 4"

What do you like best?

LeanKit is a great way to organize team projects. We love the fact that you can color code and create cards straight form e-mail. The new changes to the Board Layout editor make it easy to create and clone swimlanes.

What do you dislike?

I wish you could lock a row across multiple column so that they always lined up no matter how many cards were in each. Signing up for E-mail subscriptions to boards or cards is not intuitive. Also, we should get e-mail notification when cards due date icon changes colors from grey to yellow to red. Being able to change the color of text or header bars would help with visual appeal and organization.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it for Daily management stand up meeting and to link tasks to other boards and other teams.

LeanKit by Planview review by Internal Consultant in Financial Services
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"No more Status reports"

What do you like best?

ability to see multiple groups across the enterprise and what they are focusing on.

What do you dislike?

Reporting is still a little limited, for those manager that need a piece of paper there isn't a easy way to create a good report to show all the tasks being worked on by user, or by team.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The hardest part is getting users to try and consistently updating the boards. But once they realize the benefits like no more status reports, one spot to track all tasks (so something doesn't drop off the radar and you get yelled at), and cross group collaboration the product will become the main point for tracking task. This isn't a great end to end integrated application release task manager, there are other tools that do that better. But for normal every day tasks and repeatable tasks this is a great product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Collaboration and openness on what is being worked on across multiple groups. if something catches your eye or impacts your team that another team is working on you can get ahold of them early rather than after they are done with the deployment.

LeanKit by Planview review by Kyle H.
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"Leankit has been easy to use, and a great fit for our use case."

What do you like best?

I like the customizable pipelines and the ability to share cards between boards. Child cards have been very useful for us.

What do you dislike?

I wish there was a place to view all of the cards assigned to me across boards. This is a pretty important feature when working across multiple boards.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a streamlined platform with simple features, but the customization makes it powerful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We plan our weekly sprints as well as product roadmaps with Leankit. We've been able to stay organized and insync. Leankit guides our meeting conversations as well.

LeanKit by Planview review by Austin  S.
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"Leankit Planning Board"

What do you like best?

This is a clear way to show the whole group tasks that need to be done. It is verry effective of sending email to keep everyone on the same page

What do you dislike?

you seam to you either get emails for every notification or emails for no notifications

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have allowed our production staff to voice their requests in one central spot where they will not be overlooked. This is very helpful for production support because instead of working on the issue we first see we work on the most important issue.

LeanKit by Planview review by Alicia C.
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"Confusing when you add a lot of cards. Only useful for a high-level overview. Not the best in class."

What do you like best?

The support was fantastic, quick replies and actual people ready to assist. They were not global, however, so you had to work with EU timezone.

What do you dislike?

It looks very confusing when actually used in detail. The more cards you add, the more confusing it looks. I would only use if you need to display a very high-level overview of a project.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I'd only recommend using this if you plan to use minimal amounts of cards. Too much detail/tasks/owners makes it very confusing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Project management across multiple workstreams and locations in an agile environment, including notifications, uploads, reports, etc.

LeanKit by Planview review by John C.
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"Easy to use as long as your team enforces it and explains the purpose"

What do you like best?

Very easy to use and has a great visual interface that works perfectly for designers.

What do you dislike?

A little bit of a dated design, could be a little less cluttered.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As long as you explain the value to your team when you're starting the project (i.e. why we're switching/using LeanKit, what it can do for the team, and how it helps, etc.) and enforce it along the way (make sure people are working off their cards and nothing else) it works very well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

LeanKit helped every member of the design team know exactly what they owned within a banking project we recently performed. It allowed every member to have a very efficient checklist to prevent any overlap, and helped collect client feedback easily.

LeanKit by Planview review by Kenny S.
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"Harnessing the Chaos"

What do you like best?

I've been using LeanKit for several months now. It's been the strongest productivity tool I've ever used. Coupled with an understanding of Personal Kanban, it's been a great help in harnessing order from the chaos of so many inputs.

What do you dislike?

Not much. The UI was a tad finicky at times, but the new enhancements have made it much snappier and more user friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's helping me understand my own flow if work much better, and it really helps to focus on the most important things.

It's helped me to see how limited is real productive time, and that time must be invested in the right ways or it gets easily squandered with no-value-add work.

LeanKit by Planview review by Sergio B.
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"Good Kanban, but metrics should be way better for its price"

What do you like best?

One thing I really like in Leankit is the Kanban. Really easy to customize and use, I was able to do whatever I wanted to.

What do you dislike?

The dashboards and metrics. Even though they exist, they are a terrible experience to use. I still manually use my spreadsheets to generate real metrics, because I cannot customize the extraction the way I want (and honestly, if I can do in a spreadsheet, it is not Rocket Science). Already reached Leankit 6 months ago and nothing so far.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm currently working in an office where I do not have space to build a physical Kanban, and also, we have a culture of working from home some days, so this has been a great help.

LeanKit by Planview review by Darren H.
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"The right balance of features and simplicity"

What do you like best?

The most useful benefit is in its ability to add and link layers (parent-child) such that one can have a strategic view which links to projects which links to features which links to development tasks.

What do you dislike?

Managing the links can be an administration in itself - but not all links need to be explicit. LeanKit's external integrations are very poor, which is a shame. Having the ability to link to systems like Slack, ZenDesk etc would be useful (they have an API and they offer Zapier) but proper integrations would be extremely useful

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visualising flow from strategy to execution, that's the biggest benefit I've realised with LeanKit. I

LeanKit by Planview review by User
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"Solid solution for Agile teams"

What do you like best?

Leankit is a fairly neat solution for Agile workflows, it's not too opinionated, can allow multiple teams to work in their own way within the same organisation whilst keeping full visibility. I've used similar software in the past, and although LeanKit isn't perfect - it's better than other solutions.

What do you dislike?

The UI and colours, I think this could be much cleaner and clearer - I'd like to see something similar to the new look Google Calendar or something with less muted tones, which I feel can be hard to distinguish when scanning through cards. I dislike the fact that when you format text in a text box, it often loses this formatting when it's saved as a comment - this is particularly bad with hard returns and copying and pasting content from elsewhere. I feel like I have to spend unnecessary time editing what I write to make sure it makes sense to other colleagues. Clicking links in comments left on cards don't always take you to a new page, I frequently have to copy the entire URL into a new browser window in order to open URLs left in comments. I really dislike the implementation of notifications when something has changed on a card and I'm sent an email about it saying "someone has changed" "X..." to "Y..." often it's really hard to distinguish what's been changed, especially if there is a lot of information in a card. Why not highlight what's changed or make it bold?

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check it out but maybe try some competitors too and see which fits your situation best

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Kanban and Scrum boards for different parts of the organisation, different teams can work depending on what methodologies they prefer.

LeanKit by Planview review by Normann Aa. N.
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"Simple tool but that's the point"

What do you like best?

The simplicity of LeanKit is the most positive aspect of the product. It is meant to keep track of the Kanban Cards in a Lean process, and it does so with no special bells and whistles - it just Works. You are free to add / modify comments to Cards as you like, you can combine tasks into a single Card and so on. Simple and shareable.

What do you dislike?

The help text is not complete: It does not explain all fields and their use, which is a pity.Also, the systems can sometimes feel slow.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Keeping track of Progress of work done on several appendices in a contract writing phase.

Breakdown of a minor project into worksheets.

LeanKit by Planview review by Internal Consultant in Financial Services
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"Workflow zen!"

What do you like best?

The ability to create flexible and visual, Kanban based workflows. And see the flow of cards through a complex workflow with main and substages. Simple and powerful.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really. I started to type it would be nice to have a more traditional excel / vertical nesting gantt chart view of the workflow and tasks. However, this would negate the main power of exposing exactly this type of traditional approach in the visual Kanban board.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the free demo and have a play.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Learning product development. Managing large volumes of content items (500+) and types (PDF, Video, Questions) through a fixed step process. Main benefit? Capturing all of the items in a ready to start lane/backlog. But then focusing only on those cards that are active. The backlog provides confidence that the work is captured, but only having the active cards in the workflow improves clarity and speed of group status updates massively.

LeanKit by Planview review by User in Computer Software
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"Just experimenting for a course"

What do you like best?

How interactive it is to work with the huge and abstract collections of data

What do you dislike?

Still not too much community to solve common questions

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think Leankit is a very good software for viewing, analysing and extracting insights from data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None in business world

LeanKit by Planview review by Administrator
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"Simple but powerful kanban project management"

What do you like best?

- Intuitive UI

- Obvious thought into use case development

- Powerful but simple reporting - they help answer the right questions

- Managing projects via remote teams is not difficult

- Tying cards together via parent-child relationships is awesome

What do you dislike?

- Collaboration can be a little wonky

- It can be buggy from time-to-time

- Moving cards from board-to-board doesn't allow for defining column destination

- More robust integration options

Recommendations to others considering the product

If Trello is too simple and Jira too complicated, then Leankit is the best solution for you. It fills the reporting gaps and board-to-board connection problems that exist in Trello. At the same time, it solves the intuitiveness and ease-of-use problems that plague Jira. It's a nice in-between solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the product development organization problem. Leankit is where we project manage all development and all bugs. It helps us keep track of who's doing what, where the holes are in our project pipeline and how we're stacking up against goals.

LeanKit by Planview review by User
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"Great Visual Tool"

What do you like best?

You can quickly see what phase a project is in when glancing at the board. I also like the ability to take meeting notes right on the card, during the meeting. Being able to add tasks or multiple uses keeps projects well organized

What do you dislike?

There are some minor formatting things that can't be done

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be creative when setting it up. We started with a base template and then changed it around to better suit our needs. We. also looked at the layouts other teams are using to have other opinions of the set up.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

tracking projects and BAU are easier with Lean Kit. Should Senior Management choose to join a stand up, they can easily pick a project to review based on the few key elements noted on the card. Updating the cards with meeting notes and milestones keep a running story of what is happening when and who the performers are.

LeanKit by Planview review by Anthony C.
Anthony C.
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"LeanKit for Agile Marketing"

What do you like best?

LeanKit for our use as an Agile Marketing team is functional but not perfect. The drag-and-drop interface for moving cards is simple, and the mass action tools are quite helpful. Using the Kanban board layout provides us with the pull-based work from Kanban, while we use the 'size' feature for Story cards to mesh with our Scrum estimation. As a hybrid Scrumban marketing team, LeanKit meets many of our needs for the visualization and simplicity of shared boards across teams.

For the money, the drag-and-drop controls and the nice UI for the card system is hard (impossible?) to beat.

What do you dislike?

Perhaps because we're using LeanKit via 'Scrumban', the tool has some limitations and glitches that make it quirky to work with throughout the day, every day. Still, the ability to only add in sizing for estimates and not have a place to track actual sizing/points is a significant limitation. Further, while the board set up does allow for the use of colored cards, these are limited by how reporting happens on the backend, so color for the sake of identification isn't an option if you're, like us, trying to use colors to denote a planned Story vs. an unplanned Story (we call them 'Spikes') during a Sprint.

The reporting tools for charts are there, but like most Software-as-a-Service tools, the reporting is limited, quirky, and non-intuitive.

Additionally, the card numbering schema is sequential regardless of the card type (Epic vs. Story), which makes alphanumeric numbering impossible. Using the "external card ID" is completely manual.

Finally, the mobile app is difficult to use on large boards.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take your time with the demo and use the heck out of it to make sure it meets your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As one of the early adopters of Agile Marketing, we're able to work in Scrum sprints, but leverage the flexibility of Kanban due to the nature of interrupt-driven marketing. Therefore, while we're a Scrumban team, LeanKit offered enough flexibility for us to work around their deficiencies while taking advantage of the drag-and-drop interface for visualizing our work.

As a company with two marketing teams (US and Europe), using multiple boards has been nice, though not seamless. Still, since LeanKit is browser-based, it gives us enough bang for our buck to make it easy for all to see what we're working on, what's getting done, and how we're prioritizing our planned and unplanned work.

LeanKit by Planview review by User
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"Lean Kit is friendly, intuitive and is what you need to create transparency in your project"

What do you like best?

Lean Kit helps to keep it simple and helps create transparency in terms of progress, risks, bottlenecks and as well as providing an open forum for discussion of wide ranging topics in s a projects. It helps contribute ideas from all who are part of the project. Hence, someone's issue can be seen by others who can pitch in to help based on available data on dashboard.

What do you dislike?

A voice recognition system can be added that can type in requirements. It will help in less typing in the cards. It can also help folks with special needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Please go ahead and use the product at least in trial version to see the full benefits.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps create transparency in a project and helps to manage projects on the go. It helps to create a display of easy to understand progress of tasks and issues related to the project.

LeanKit by Planview review by Ryan D.
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"Small IT Team (6 devs) - Formalizing SDLC"

What do you like best?

Very easy for new team members to understand. Great flexibility to build boards that model out processes and flexible enough to change with out needs.

What do you dislike?

Their analytics reporting engine is terrible. While this tool has done great to formalize our process, I can't get any useful data out of their analytics tools so my reporting metrics to executives is by far my largest pain point. Very frustrated on this topic.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Before buying this tool make sure you build out the board model in a free trial period, then require that the leankit staff create the "exact" reports you require before moving forward. I updated to the "analytics" level subscription and I have been very disappointed. I have yet to get any useful reports out of the tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed a flexible tool to manage two aspects of IT department with my small team.

1) Project work done in an agile/scrum fashion

2) Dev-Ops - we support immediate needs of the business at all times

Other products where tailored to scrum and therefore when the operational aspect of our department trumped the projects in processes we failed sprint after sprint simple because of the operational responsibilities we had. I now have a board modeled that tells the entire story accurately.

LeanKit by Planview review by Cinthya R.
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"Easy way to identify where is the bottelneck to focus in"

What do you like best?

Don´t need to remember everything because have many options to plan our activites: notes, due date, specifications, and the best is that you can indicate in which states are each of your cards.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes is not easy to find time and update the status for all your cards, you can keep record from your work but is not a way for doing your work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Identify the objective that you want to achieve and if leankit is an option, will work ok

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Update the status for Jobs in each stage (design, material order, production, sampling, etc)

Is an easy way to notice in which stage are the majority of Jobs

Don´t forget to follow up any Job

Your boss can see the status instead of asking

LeanKit by Planview review by Keith M.
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"Leankit makes tasks easy to view and manage, you can link tickets and fully customize lanes/boards. "

What do you like best?

the best part of leankit is how easy and straightforward it is ti use. Anyone from marketing to account management can login and make tickets right away.

What do you dislike?

Leankit is tough to format comments to look how you want them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

One of the main things to keep in mind with a ticketing service is how well your users will adopt and actually use the service. In many cases switching to a new ticketing system causes users to get overwhelmed and revert to sending emails and slack messages instead of following the process for getting work done.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Infrastructure Operations tasks are being solved using leanKit in quick and efficient manner.

LeanKit by Planview review by Vishal  K.
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"A good platform to prioritize tasks and keep a track of them"

What do you like best?

Ease of use,the ability to create child tasks/subtasks within tasks, and move cards from one board to the other.

What do you dislike?

It takes sometime to realize the full potential of the tool and make the best use of it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make use of the tutorials on the website, that would really help use the toll to its full potential!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a team with different members working towards different tasks. Using leankit makes it easy for us to see the progress of each others tasks and keep a track of our own tasks, which otherwise would take a lot of effort to manually update and keep a track of.

LeanKit by Planview review by Austin S.
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"A great switch for a company with a large number of projects!"

What do you like best?

The best part about Leankit is hands down how visual everything is. From overall progress of each project to the tiny details like tagging a project or blocking it, everything is so easy to manage at that 40,000 ft view a project manager needs.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the system can get a little laggy, but all-in-all its not something that is detrimental. It just gets annoying from time to time when things are a little laggy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The whole reason we implemented Leankit was to streamline our website development process. With Leankit, we did exactly that!

LeanKit by Planview review by Igor T.
Igor T.
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"Quick, flexible, versatil"

What do you like best?

I like being able to overview all my tasks at once, and recognize priorities, topics, etc. Pretty much I like how "customizable" it is, since we are able to plot many types of stories on the same board.

What do you dislike?

I would love to be able to set a template and that template applies to a whole group of specific boards, so they can be related, tasks in one board can be duplicated to another and be updated regardless of the input board used.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Should you have small team and tasks of different nature, different timing, so coordinating who is doing what and when will it be finished, what else someone is having next, the software works really nice, clear and easy to use and implement, online based so no need to install anything.

Reporting tools seem a little short or at least not as easy to start using as the boards, but I suppose that it can be improved over time and with feedback to Leankit team, since they are open to get your suggestions and work on implementing

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have on sight most of my work, currently ongoing, done and upcoming, I am able to better plan my week and my day, I am able to answer to other colleagues, tasks requester etc, when I will be able to deliver with one short look and analysis of my board.

LeanKit by Planview review by Dan C.
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"If you need a visual planning tool then you should be using LeanKit"

What do you like best?

I like the people behind the product. I had the chance to get to know the found time and several other employees. When you invest in a solution like LeanKit the actual product is only a part of the purchase decision. In fact, it is a small part if you plan on using the solution over an extended period of time.

With that written, the product is really solid. It is easy to use out of the box. When I show it to my customers (one reason I am using LeanKit is to track the implementation of my solution) they just get it. I can also customize each board to fit my specific need.

What do you dislike?

I am looking forward to the ability to add more custom fields to a card. I would also like to see more attention on some of the admin functions like batch adding/updating user information.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest business problem I am solving is making work visible in a manner that people "get". When I show people information in a spreadsheet I often get confused looks. When I show them the same information in LeanKit they get it.

LeanKit by Planview review by Scot W.
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"LeanKit's flexibility and usability make it a great tool for teams of all sizes."

What do you like best?

LeanKit seems to focus on the basics needed by an agile/lean team. Being able to easily modify/customize a board to meet the needs of a specific team and/or process has been great and makes it easy to apply to several different needs within our department.

What do you dislike?

It is a little hard to get a quick look at the detail of several tasks/cards at one time on one screen, but that might just be due to my inexperience with that piece of the tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

LeanKit is definitely worth a look if you are considering other tools of this genre. Competitive pricing, tool set, and ease of use and setup make it very competitive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using the product for its stated purpose as a Lean/Kanban tool, but we are also using it a high level project tracker for the department to track our "MIP"s (Most Important Projects) list. This helps keep a active view of our progress as a department on projects that matter most to the company.

LeanKit by Planview review by Zhu H.
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"plan management and iteration implement "

What do you like best?

we can learn the current stage of a project, easily creat small task cards and review them with our team, manage all issue cards with different priority, pay more attention to solve urgent thing

What do you dislike?

a lot of invaild message send to the user if someone changes the card. If someone block a card, i want the total time for this card don't take this status into account.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is convenient to plan and review project status

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

manage total plan for development, it is clear for all members to learn others status. By planview, I can know all my plan and task in time.

LeanKit by Planview review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Best Visual Organizer out there!"

What do you like best?

We have tried several services to keep a visual organization of our ticketing system. Leankit gives us the freedom to set up the board however we need and the editing options are almost limitless! With hundreds of tasks needing to be done, this allows our whole team to keep track of each project at a glance and the color coding and editable formatting allows our company to do exactly what we need, so everyone can know exactly what is being worked on and when.

What do you dislike?

I really do not have anything negative to say about Leankit. If you need organization in your company, and who doesn't?, then you need to use Leankit!

Recommendations to others considering the product

We have tried several services to keep a visual organization of our ticketing system. Leankit gives us the freedom to set up the board however we need and the editing options are almost limitless! With hundreds of tasks needing to be done, this allows our whole team to keep track of each project at a glance and the color coding and editable formatting allows our company to do exactly what we need, so everyone can know exactly what is being worked on and when. I highly recommend this!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Before Leankit, our ticketing system was a mess. You had to search out tickets individually and let others in the company know the status of each. Now, everyone can take a glance and know immediately what is going on.

LeanKit by Planview review by User
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"LeanKit works well and is easy to use"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to move cards in between Kanban lanes. It creates a nice visual. LeanKit is very useful for cross-team collaboration, especially when approvals are involved. We use it a lot for our onboarding process. It's fairly intuitive.

What do you dislike?

I felt like it's easy to get lost in the different "layers" at times. There are cards, then tasks within the cards. Comments at different levels can get lost in the shuffle. Overall, it's not too bad though.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the problem of cross-team collaboration for onboarding and approval of products. LeanKit allows us to coordinate team members in other departments easily.

LeanKit by Planview review by User in Insurance
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"No more confusion"

What do you like best?

Seamless system for project tracking. I love being able to track individual cards back to the greater projects and initiatives they’re related to. I also love the comment section - I can see how any project is moving along with ease.

What do you dislike?

So much email. It’s a bit overwhelming receiving an email any time there’s any activity on a card I’m tagged in, and I’ve missed some comments before because they got lost in the sea of email.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take your time getting to know it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

So much more transparency about who’s doing what and how projects are managed. Very easy to track progress and monitor goals.

LeanKit by Planview review by Shelia D.
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"Current material issues to production in a timely manner"

What do you like best?

Jobs can be tracked throughout the process of issuing parts and monitoring for all changes that may occur during the pulling and issuing of material. Dates are a valued asset to the process.

What do you dislike?

The time span of switching between boards, sometimes it clears my entire screen and I have to go out of the program and then come back in.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend other businesses to use LeanKit by Planview, this is what's required for a paperless system and easy traceability.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to have visually interactions with different area in the building along with our warehouse. Updates are seen within minutes.

LeanKit by Planview review by Rob D.
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"Great for the price"

What do you like best?

I like the drag and drop functionality of the cards. I like how tagging users works.

What do you dislike?

I hate that you can't attach a document in the description when creating a card.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use LeanKit as a ticketing system for all of our Engineering tasks. We realize that it's simple enough to grasp that other teams outside of engineering can use it with ease.

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