LeanKit is a kanban board for power users
Nate Dillon | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 30, 2019

LeanKit is a kanban board for power users

Score 7 out of 10
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LeanKit is used by my department to organize development work and issues that need to be addressed within our web applications. It's primarily used by other teams that I occasionally need to work with. It provides a way for these teams to organize and sort things in a way that fits their needs.
  • Kanban-style workflow (can be fun moving things along on the board).
  • Advanced organization of boards and lanes.
  • Allows for various forms of information to be captured in each card.
  • Not the best designed Kanban software I've seen.
  • The advanced organization options seem to create overly complex boards in my experience.
  • Finding a specific card can be a challenge.
  • Keeps things organized.
  • Provides clear statuses and goals for teams.
  • The teams that use it extensively seem to love it.
  • Allows for collaboration within the organization.
LeanKit isn't the best designed Kanban system I've seen, but overall it's pretty usable. The boards I've used are pretty complex, so it can be difficult to find things. I found that searching and filtering for specific cards was somewhat of a challenge. Dragging a card from one lane to another is kind of a fun way to get things done though.
I have no experience using the LeanKit customer support, but I've heard it's good.
I use Trello a bit for personal use. It's much less powerful than LeanKit, but it's also a better design and simpler to use. ServiceNow has some kanban board stuff built-in, but I wasn't super impressed with it. JIRA seemed to be even more complex than LeanKit for the short amount of time my team used it. GitHub has a bit of kanban board stuff built in now, but I think it operates for each project individually, rather than one master board for all the projects. Using GitHub issues (without the kanban) was actually my favorite way of dealing with project tasks though.
LeanKit works well if you want a powerful, customizable kanban board system for organizing tasks with a team. It allows for nesting lanes for advanced organization, and even cards within cards. Each card can capture a lot of information and allows for comments. For many people, LeanKit is probably a bit more powerful than they need for a simple task system.

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