Kanban Tool is a good entry point to managing agile software development
August 13, 2019

Kanban Tool is a good entry point to managing agile software development

Chris Carpenter | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Kanban Tool

Kanban Tool is being used in places around our org to support agile-esque activities for remote teams. Our primary process is very stand-up meeting focused and the principles of the Kanban Tool are pretty close to in line with what we want to accomplish. It shows the movement of model-based activities across a project timeline.
  • 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.
  • There isn't a strong UI on the tool. Customizations can be difficult to make.
  • There isn't a very robust communications component on the tool to facilitate conversations—it's WYSIWYG.
  • The mobile story isn't fully developed yet. It could stand to be stronger on mobile devices.
  • It was a good experiment, but not robust enough to manage both hardware and software.
  • It's a great software tool for distributed teams running an agile environment.
  • It has given us a more clear understanding of what we actually need to do HW/SW agile.
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.
We didn't leverage the support system for Kanban Tool, so I cannot comment on it.
JIRA is more robust and more connected. Kanban Tool is a good basic tool to do basic tasks. At an enterprise level, JIRA has more to offer a mixed discipline team that has hardware and software builds (model-based design). For small teams doing just software development in an agile methodology, Kanban Tool is as good as anything at managing the basic burn-down activity.
It is good for pure development (software) projects that use agile. It is not as strong for mixed development efforts that involve more hardware or Q/RA activities. It breaks down a little when traditional project timelines need to run in parallel with agile methodology.

Kanban Tool Feature Ratings

Task Management
7
Resource Management
7
Gantt Charts
8
Scheduling
7
Workflow Automation
6
Team Collaboration
6
Support for Agile Methodology
9
Support for Waterfall Methodology
8
Document Management
6
Email integration
4
Mobile Access
4
Timesheet Tracking
5
Change request and Case Management
5
Budget and Expense Management
5
Quotes/estimates
Not Rated
Invoicing
Not Rated
Project & financial reporting
Not Rated
Integration with accounting software
Not Rated