Google Chat vs. Kanban Tool

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Google Chat
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Google Chat, formerly Hangouts Chat, is a collaboration tool competing with Slack, designed to make it easy for teams to be able to get their work done in one place. From direct messages to group conversations, Chat helps teams collaborate, and with dedicated, virtual rooms to house projects over time — plus threaded conversations — Chat helps users track progress and follow up tasks. Chat currently supports 28 languages and each room can support up to 8,000 members.N/A
Kanban Tool
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
Kanban Tool is a visual project management application based on Kanban that helps companies visualize workflow, track project progress, analyze and improve business processes. Some key features include: time tracking and time reports, real-time collaboration and Kaban analytics.
$5
per month per user
Pricing
Google ChatKanban Tool
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Kanban Tool Team
$5
per month per user
Kanban Tool Enterprise
$9
per month per user
Kanban Tool On-Site Team
$600
per year per 10-user pack
Kanban Tool On-Site Enterprise
$1,080
per year per 10-user pack
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Google ChatKanban Tool
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Google ChatKanban Tool
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Google ChatKanban Tool
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Google Chat
8.5
18 Ratings
7% above category average
Kanban Tool
6.5
11 Ratings
17% below category average
Task Management8.69 Ratings9.811 Ratings
Gantt Charts7.76 Ratings1.03 Ratings
Scheduling8.412 Ratings7.09 Ratings
Workflow Automation8.18 Ratings7.29 Ratings
Mobile Access9.517 Ratings8.48 Ratings
Search9.115 Ratings00 Ratings
Visual planning tools8.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Resource Management00 Ratings6.88 Ratings
Team Collaboration00 Ratings9.211 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology00 Ratings7.910 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology00 Ratings3.76 Ratings
Document Management00 Ratings4.67 Ratings
Email integration00 Ratings7.29 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking00 Ratings7.76 Ratings
Change request and Case Management00 Ratings7.47 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management00 Ratings3.04 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Google Chat
8.7
18 Ratings
9% above category average
Kanban Tool
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Ratings
Chat9.318 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications8.818 Ratings00 Ratings
Discussions8.016 Ratings00 Ratings
Surveys7.911 Ratings00 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase8.69 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with GoToMeeting8.98 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts9.616 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Outlook8.87 Ratings00 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Google Chat
8.5
18 Ratings
5% above category average
Kanban Tool
-
Ratings
Versioning7.912 Ratings00 Ratings
Video files7.715 Ratings00 Ratings
Audio files8.014 Ratings00 Ratings
Document collaboration8.915 Ratings00 Ratings
Access control8.412 Ratings00 Ratings
Advanced security features8.513 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Google Drive9.216 Ratings00 Ratings
Device sync9.316 Ratings00 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
Google Chat
-
Ratings
Kanban Tool
5.9
5 Ratings
26% below category average
Quotes/estimates00 Ratings6.54 Ratings
Invoicing00 Ratings5.04 Ratings
Project & financial reporting00 Ratings3.04 Ratings
Integration with accounting software00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Google ChatKanban Tool
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(18 ratings)
9.8
(11 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.5
(2 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(2 ratings)
6.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
7.3
(3 ratings)
8.3
(8 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Google ChatKanban Tool
Likelihood to Recommend
Google
Well suited for businesses of all sizes. HOWEVER, I would say keep the chat groups limited at the departmental level, ensure that your moderator or the individual responsible for the group keeps it on topic, and have your IT team monitor it from time to time. Google Chat gets used so much in our organization that we have rules and regs in our Employee Handbook regarding its proper use (and when used PROPERLY, it can be very effective).
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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
Google
  • Google Hangouts Chat allows you to send and receive messages real time with emoticons that can help you express your mood.
  • You can download and upload image file that can be use for business process and more.
  • Google Hangouts Chat also allows you to make a calls to reach other users.What I like the most is the awesome screen sharing while on call.
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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
Google
  • I wish it was easier to turn the sound off, I hate being in meetings and my chat is blowing up.
  • Needing to "accept" a chat invite from someone within my org seems counter-intuitive.
  • Some people have trouble getting their notifications before midnight, somehow?
  • Prior to downloading the app, group messages didn't come up for me on my computer.
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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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Likelihood to Renew
Google
The updates, support, general reviews on Google Chat are great everywhere. The development of the features is ongoing and this adds a great value to Google as a big company in the market. Other applications are limiting communication while Google Chat is allowing communication to grow. It is very easy to use it and teach others how to use Google Chat.
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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
Google
It's not perfect. There are occasional glitches, drop-outs, and it takes a bit to get everything loaded and working. But it is significantly better than Zoom or GoToMeeting when you're in instructional settings. I know my teacher friends here like it and the administrators and parents seem to be satisfied too.
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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
Google
I have not needed to contact the support folks for Google Hangouts Chat, so I can't speak to this with any accuracy. The online instructions are fairly clearly written, so it is fairly intuitive to start with. I did not feel the need to use the support people anyway.
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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
Google
Prior to Google Hangouts, our company used Spark. Spark was not integrated into our email, therefore it couldn't be easily accessed in the same browser. With Spark we also couldn't search our emails for keywords in a conversation, searching had to be done manually. The one feature I enjoyed about Spark was a request to get a user's attention: If I had an urgent question and I wanted to ensure the recipient saw my message/question, I would request their attention and the message screen would pop up on their screen.
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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
Google
  • In my work it allows us to report troubles that may cost loss of investment thru Google Hangouts Chat we were able to communicate on how to fix it.
  • I hope we can make it on our own choice of colors to heightened workers vibe
  • It is connected to your email
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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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ScreenShots

Kanban Tool Screenshots

Screenshot of Visual project management tool - Kanban board from Kanban Tool.Screenshot of The collection of Power-Ups form Kanban ToolScreenshot of Kanban Tool board example, with My Work widget, Recurring and Postponed Tasks visible in the side panel. User's own background selected.Screenshot of Kanban Tool  board example. Default light theme applied.Screenshot of Kanban Tool - an open card view, with comments in the side panel. The choice of what fields show on cards is with the user.Screenshot of Kanban Tool's free Power-Ups  for user's own activation.