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18 Ratings
26 Ratings
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Score 6.3 out of 100
26 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Abstract ranks higher in 1 feature set: Project Management

Project Management

7.8

Abstract

78%
6.5

Kanban Tool

65%
Kanban Tool ranks higher in 13/15 features

Workflow Automation

7.6
76%
2 Ratings
6.9
69%
9 Ratings

Mobile Access

7.0
70%
3 Ratings
8.4
84%
8 Ratings

Search

8.9
89%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Task Management

N/A
0 Ratings
9.8
98%
11 Ratings

Resource Management

N/A
0 Ratings
7.2
72%
8 Ratings

Gantt Charts

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0
10%
3 Ratings

Scheduling

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
9 Ratings

Team Collaboration

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1
91%
11 Ratings

Support for Agile Methodology

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
10 Ratings

Support for Waterfall Methodology

N/A
0 Ratings
3.7
37%
6 Ratings

Document Management

N/A
0 Ratings
4.5
45%
7 Ratings

Email integration

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3
73%
9 Ratings

Timesheet Tracking

N/A
0 Ratings
7.6
76%
6 Ratings

Change request and Case Management

N/A
0 Ratings
7.5
75%
7 Ratings

Budget and Expense Management

N/A
0 Ratings
3.0
30%
4 Ratings

Communication

8.7

Abstract

87%

Kanban Tool

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Abstract ranks higher in 4/4 features

Chat

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Notifications

9.0
90%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Discussions

8.0
80%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Internal knowledgebase

7.6
76%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

File Sharing & Management

8.1

Abstract

81%

Kanban Tool

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Abstract ranks higher in 5/5 features

Versioning

10.0
100%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Document collaboration

8.5
85%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Access control

6.2
62%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Advanced security features

6.8
68%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Device sync

9.1
91%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Professional Services Automation

Abstract

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
5.8

Kanban Tool

58%
Kanban Tool ranks higher in 4/4 features

Quotes/estimates

N/A
0 Ratings
6.4
64%
4 Ratings

Invoicing

N/A
0 Ratings
4.7
47%
4 Ratings

Project & financial reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
3.0
30%
4 Ratings

Integration with accounting software

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • Abstract is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating
  • Kanban Tool is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

2.2

Abstract

22%
4 Ratings
9.8

Kanban Tool

98%
11 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Abstract

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Kanban Tool

91%
2 Ratings

Usability

7.0

Abstract

70%
1 Rating
6.0

Kanban Tool

60%
4 Ratings

Support Rating

8.7

Abstract

87%
7 Ratings
8.3

Kanban Tool

83%
8 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Abstract

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Kanban Tool

82%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Abstract

  • Large teams with dedicated design operations support
  • UX managers that want a facilitated workflow for their teams
  • Disciplined teams of individual contributors that want to adopt a process in their UI workflow
  • Cross-discipline teams that want a central collaboration space for reviewing and critiquing UI artifacts
  • If your files are named "FOR-REALS_FINAL_FINAL_FINAL_Super-Important-Project (copy).sketch"
  • If you're managing multiple pattern libraries
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Shore Labs

Kanban is well suited for a fast-paced working environment for larger teams who want continuous communication with users. Kanban is good for rapid development and daily meetings for updates and statuses. Kanban is less suited for smaller teams or groups who don't require collaboration and constant communication with involved users. Kanban is time-consuming and it takes additional effort outside of your regular work to maintain and manage the tool.
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Pros

Abstract

  • Versioning for desginers
  • Collaboration between team members
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Shore Labs

  • It provides a good basic overview of where tasks are on a timeline (particularly helpful for a pull-based approach).
  • It provides a good collaborative space to have multiple folks commenting on multiple tasks.
  • It does a good job of managing very basic visual elements of an agile development cycle.
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Cons

Abstract

  • Asset exports are not as great as Zeplin and others.
  • Filtering within files.
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Shore Labs

  • Kanban does not show the task or story clearly. You have to open the project separately to view the details of the project.
  • Kanban gives a higher level project management view but it lacks customization and personal settings features.
  • I would like to see Kanban provide mobile access to their tool, data, and board. This would be very useful for all companies and provide an increase in efficiency and productivity.
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Pricing Details

Abstract

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Abstract editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Kanban Tool

    Starting Price

    $5 per month per user

    Editions & Modules

    Kanban Tool editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Kanban Tool On-Site Enterprise10801
    Kanban Tool On-Site Team6002
    Kanban Tool Enterprise93
    Kanban Tool Team54

    Footnotes

    1. per year per 10-user pack
    2. per year per 10-user pack
    3. per month per user
    4. per month per user

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Abstract

    No answers on this topic

    Shore Labs

    We are more likely than not to renew our use of Kanban. Even with its limits, it still is a good product that fulfills our needs.
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    Usability

    Abstract

    Abstract has a difficult learning curve. If a feature-branch workflow is new to you, then it will take some getting used to. They make a lot of updates to the interface and these feature releases get ahead of their documentation. They rely heavily on an excellent customer support team and are present on various Slack channels to help design professionals with issues.
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    Shore Labs

    Again, this is a strong tool for software teams using Agile that are distributed across multiple geographies. It can be good for co-located teams too, but there are better platforms on the market like JIRA that provide a more built-out story.
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    Support Rating

    Abstract

    Abstract by nature is complex and has to respond to whatever changes in Sketch. So there are frequent issues. Support can be slow to respond and are not always helpful, but they are quick to find and patch the bugs. Overall, it's not the best support, but it hasn't been detrimental.
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    Shore Labs

    This is the best tool I had a chance to work with- since I started to use it I saved a lot of time and I made my work go smoothly.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Abstract

    I purchased and administer Abstract. It was requested by our design department who evaluated it.
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    Shore Labs

    We've only tried JIRA Agile and KanbanFlow before. Kanban Tool was the one that our team actually liked and enjoyed working with. Also - it's been much easier to get started with and to understand than some of the other two (JIRA in particular). Although JIRA has many more features that we would have possibly used, the user feedback on it was so poor we were afraid that the negativity would create time wasted and less "job satisfaction" amongst the team.
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    Return on Investment

    Abstract

    • Single source of truth for the team.
    • Could quickly get expensive with corporate accounts.
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    Shore Labs

    • Better communication and organization of ongoing projects.
    • We are a very small team, with many areas to work on. Having everything in one system gives us a lot of visibility.
    • Greatly reduced costs from using other tools that were much more expensive.
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