Top Agile Tools – Best Kanban Tools

Kanban is growing like wildfire. Many organizations are finding value in this simple process via a “pull” system: The production of work is determined by the demand from the customer.

You have a choice:

1. You can build a Kanban board.

2. You can use a tooland an actual board!

Here is a list of the best Kanban tools out there today.

Axosoft:

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Lean Kit Kanban: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!*

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AgileZen:

Blossom.io:

Flow:

FogBugz Kanban:

GreenHopper:

Hansoft:

JAM Circle: *Open Source

Kanbanery:

Kanbanize:

KanbanPad: *AGILESCOUT REVIEWED!

KanbanPM:

Kanban Tool:

LeanKit Kanban:

Lino:

Qanban:

RadTrack:

Scrumy: *AGILE SCOUT REVIEWED!

Silver Catalyst:

Simple Kanban: *Open Source

SmartQ:

Swift-Kanban:

Target Process:

Trichord:

UpStartHQ: *AGILESCOUT REVIEWED!*

YouKan.eu:

Got a cool tool to add to the list? Let us know. We review stuff.

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79 Responses to “Top Agile Tools – Best Kanban Tools”

  1. Niki
    October 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    Thanks for putting AgileZen on this list. :)

    • ScoutMaster
      October 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

      Of course! Good for your app because it starts with an “A” and will always be at the top of the list!

  2. Michael
    October 15, 2010 at 6:49 am #

    You missed TargetProcess somehow :)
    http://targetprocess.com/Product/agile_tour/Kanban.aspx

  3. Quang
    November 17, 2010 at 4:58 am #

    Hey AgileScout, brilliant list. I took the time to go through each one (as of 11-17-2010) as well as the Agile/Scrum tool round up as well.

    Some important features that I (and my small team) thinks are important are:

    1. Web based… no one has time to install a desktop tool on all comps and have it be networked.
    2. Easy to use… simple, usable, understandable (for non-scrum experts)
    3. Customizable… methodology agnostic (I agree with your blog post about how agile is a framework, not a methodology) When you are a small team, you have to be nimble, so the ability to turn unused features off to get it out of the way is key.
    4. Looks good… since you’ll be having it open all day, it can’t be completely ugly, functionality still rules, but if all things are equal, it’ll be good if it looked nice.
    5. Freemium model… definitely try before you buy, and ability to grow with the company is key.
    6. Active development… no one once to use a half-baked product that is no longer being worked on.
    7. Friendly support… good support and sense of community, really feels like your issues are being dealt with an would be put into consideration for the next release.

    Anyway, I decided to go with http://kanbanery.com, I thought their product was highly functional, usable and customizable. It looks and feels good for my small team.

    I’m not a Scrum expert, but it seems that Scrum is good for big teams, with big budgets. For small teams (2-5 devs), a need to stay nimble, Scrum might be overkill and a good customized KanBan system might be the better approach.

    • ScoutMaster
      November 17, 2010 at 7:07 am #

      This is awesome man! Thanks so much for your feedback! These are the reasons we do what we do and provide valuable content for the community! I’m so glad you picked out a right solution for your team’s needs. Keep on!

    • Paul Klipp
      January 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

      You rock! We started Kanbanery over a year ago to scratch our own itch. There were no good tools for distributed kanban teams and we have clients all over the world, so we built Kanbanery. We were happy with Pivotal Tracker for Scrum, but when we discovered what kanban could do for Scrum teams, we needed something more to visualize our workflow and produce metrics to improve flow. We maintain a team of eight on the project and release on average once a week, and sometimes daily, depending on the complexity of the features we’re working on. We try to make user requests part of every release, so if there’s anything you’d like to see in Kanbanery, let us know at http://getsatisfaction.com/kanbanery

      • peter
        January 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

        Great. Awesome. Glad we could promote this tool!

      • peter
        January 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

        Btw, stay tuned tomorrow Paul. Maybe you can join us on LIVE!

  4. Paul
    December 9, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    Great list – thanks.
    After reviewing all tools we decided to use kanbantool.com Why? Because it’s:
    1.Highly customizable – you can fully customize your card and your board, a lot of colorful cards and swimlanes
    2.Real time updates – you are notified when a team member makes changes on the board
    3.The most similar to a real whiteboard we used so far:)

  5. Michael Varey
    May 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    There is also the KanbanPM site (www.kanbanpm.com). I like it for it’s ease of use and time tracking. It is easy to configure and seems to have better support for the different roles that people have within projects.

    • peter
      May 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

      Wow… seriously? silverlight?

  6. Mahesh Singh
    June 1, 2011 at 3:08 am #

    Hi,

    Please do consider putting up Swift-Kanban on this list as well. We are an up and coming tool – but with some great visual capability, configurability and ease of use for distributed teams. David Anderson is an advisor to our company Digite. We have got a great response so far.

    Thanks for your consideration!
    Mahesh Singh
    Co-founder/ Sr. VP – Product
    Digite, Inc., Mountain View, CA

    • peter
      June 1, 2011 at 7:57 am #

      Will do! Thanks for dropping by!

    • peter
      June 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

      Uploaded. We’ll take a look into it personally. Maybe do a review soon. let me know how we can help.

      • Mahesh Singh
        June 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

        Thanks very much Peter, really appreciate it!! Would be great to have you look at it personally – signup to see and a month’s free trial is available off the website. Pls let me know what email I can write to you at. Mine is mahesh@digite.com.

  7. David J. Anderson
    June 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    Great list. Only 3 of these companies actually participate actively in the Kanban community and attend our conferences. What will it take to get more of these firms showing up at events like Lean Kanban Central Europe in Munich in October?

    I’d also like to see more of them actively participating in the Lean Software & Systems Consortium and getting involved in our tools standards, metrics and benchmarking initiative.

    While the large number of tools is definitely helping adoption, the lack of community involvement makes me suspicious that some folks are opportunists trying to exploit a market that many of us have worked hard to create.

    I will continue only to recommend tools by people who actively participate in our community.

    I am surprised that Greenhopper is not on the list. You might also want to add VisualWIP which is a Kanban plug-in for Microsoft Team Foundation Server.

    Meanwhile, I continue to recommend LeanKit, Swift Kanban and Silver Catalyst with Target Process and Greenhopper as others worthy of a look. These are the people creating tools for enterprise use that are active in the community.

    I like AgileZen as a personal kanban tool.

    You might also like to take a look for Eylean. A new tool just launched that should also be featured on this list. It’s focused more on the .Net market but is a worthy contender.

    • peter
      June 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

      Awesome! THanks for the tip David. I’ll check those out.

    • Paul Klipp
      June 16, 2011 at 2:12 am #

      There was an agile community embracing lean principles in Europe before the LSSC existed and there were central european conferences promoting lean thinking before anyone conceived of the Lean Kanban Central Europe conference (which isn’t even in Central Europe). There are many ways in which progressive thinkers in the software community can participate that do not involve channeling funds into new events initiated by David Anderson and Associates. There are opportunists here, but they may not be who David implies. Look for the first organization to start selling kanban certifications and there you’ll find the real opportunists.

      For the last few years, lean and agile thinkers in Central Europe attended the ACE! Conference in Krakow and Agileee in Kiev. This year, they can choose between events in Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin, Kiev, Prague, Helsinki, Bucharest, and I hear there’s to be one in Slovakia, too. The result of this explosion in conferences is likely to be speaker burnout and lower overall quality of content at all events, less sponsor money to keep ticket prices down, and attendees less willing to travel leading to less knowledge sharing across regional boundaries. In an attempt to create their own communities, initiatives like the LSSC and ALE Network risk fracturing the community that already exists. So if people aren’t flocking to sponsor David’s new conference, it might not be because they are cynical opportunists, but because they don’t see the need for a new lean event in Europe.

      • Paul Klipp
        June 16, 2011 at 2:26 am #

        In the interests of transparency, I should point out that I am the creator of both the ACE! Conference on best practices in software development (since 2009) and Kanbanery.com (also released in the same year). I’ve been an active member of the European software development community since moving here in 2004.

      • peter
        June 16, 2011 at 2:32 am #

        Thanks for the input Paul, helps us all get a better perspective of things going on around the globe! Wish I had the time to spend out there and go to some of those conferences!

  8. Alex
    June 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Hi Peter, great list! Be sure to checkout DevTrack. It offers a Kanban view as well as various other calendar based spinoffs to manage your work flows in a flexible, agile fashion.

    You can find information and even try it live here – http://techexcel.com/products/devsuite/devtrack.html

    • peter
      June 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

      Word. Will look into it.

  9. tosh
    July 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    Hey Peter, awesome list! I would be very glad if you could add blossom (http://www.blossom.io) to the list too :)

    cheers,
    tosh

  10. Angelina
    August 12, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    KanbanTool rocks! New website, new backend interface and each month a feature is added!

    • peter
      August 12, 2011 at 8:53 am #

      Nice! Glad to hear that

  11. Angelina
    September 9, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    http://kanbantool.com has a new website. I guess you should update the kanbantool’s image..

    • peter
      September 9, 2011 at 9:06 am #

      Thx! Will do

  12. Jarrod
    September 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    AXASoft also seem to have an impressive package called OnTime which includes Kanban planning board
    http://www.axosoft.com/ontime/planning_board

    • peter
      September 23, 2011 at 9:22 am #

      Thanks for letting us know!

  13. Jonas Fagerstroem
    November 2, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    It is great to see that you’ve added our tool to your list of Scrum tools! Since we also have a flexible Kanban and planning board as well, I hope that you will consider adding VisionProject to this list as well.

    More info is also available here: http://youtu.be/nB6nSOs6–0 and here: https://www.visionproject.se/ShowKBEx.do?id=641&supportCenter=8USa0ec8CyGSgfbfPTSV

    Thanks,
    /Jonas

    • peter
      November 2, 2011 at 10:12 am #

      Sweet! THanks!

  14. Vaidas
    January 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Hi,

    We want to use Kanban for organizing our Agile community projects. Therefore, I am looking for a hosted Agile tool with possibility to make Kanban/Scrum board public. It would be perfect if we could embed it in our site. Can anyone advice which tool supports such feature? I was looking though this list, but I couldn’t manage to find one with such feature. I guess i might missed it.

    Thanks,
    Vaidas

    • peter
      January 10, 2012 at 12:24 am #

      AH… interesting. I’ll take a look for it.

  15. Dovile
    January 18, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Hi,
    I think you might like to take a look at http://www.eylean.com/kanban

    It’s a fully configurable electronic Kanban board for agile software development teams with intuitive User Interface that makes work easy and fun.

    • peter
      January 18, 2012 at 9:10 am #

      Ooo. Right on.

  16. Vaidas
    January 22, 2012 at 2:35 am #

    Thanks Dovile. I have tried Eylean for different project and it is great. Nevertheless, it does not fit to my current needs: tool mus be web based and it should have publicly accessible backlog. As I understand these are very unusual requests for Agile tool :(

  17. Sunny
    April 3, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Add Yodiz http://www.yodiz.com to this list .

  18. Rodrigo Pontremoli
    April 25, 2012 at 4:08 am #

    Thanks for the list. Two years later it’s still very very useful.
    Just one comment: Rallydev – http://rallydev.com – also offers a Kanban board with it’s payed version.
    I’d love to hear your comments on it.
    Cheers,

  19. Dmitry
    June 2, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    The only minor problem: almost all of these tools work only online. No connection – no kanban board. Word or Excel is an option, but it’s still not very convenient. I’ve even had to make my own simple tool: http://dmitryivanov.net/personal-kanban-app/.

    • peter
      June 2, 2012 at 9:07 am #

      Ooo. That’s cool

  20. Pia Tischer
    June 7, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Dear Agilescout Team

    Thank you for those useful tips at your site.
    We would be happy if you added our Personal Kanban Software
    http://www.cokanto.de to your Kanban Tools List.
    Even in Germany there is a Personal Kanban fan community, growing day by day.

    Thank you for your efforts beforehand.

    Sincerely Pia Tischer

  21. Kumar
    August 7, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    AgileZen was one tool from the above list that I have used in the past, but now I use Google Calender for managing my tasks.

  22. Nikolay
    January 15, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    I was really surprised not to see Kanbanize.I have used most of the electronic kanban tools but somehow this one seems to me most intuitive and user friendly. It’s a bum that you haven’t considered it.
    http://kanbanize.com

    • peter
      January 26, 2013 at 6:04 am #

      Yes. And I know you work for them. Thanks for the plug ;)

  23. jelkosz
    January 15, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    Hi,
    I would also like to mention Kanbanik which is a free and opensource web based kanban tool.
    http://code.google.com/p/kanbanik/

    I’d love to hear any comments on it.

    • peter
      January 26, 2013 at 6:04 am #

      Thanks for sharing!

  24. Kishor Mepani
    March 20, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Built on the Kanban methodology to:

    1. Reduce costs
    2. Respond to change quickly
    3. Achieve and assure quality control
    4. Allow workers reach their maximum potential

    The benefits of the Web TCards Visual Task Planning system have been proven by 300 + Clients worldwide

    Free 21 day trial, inclusive of telephone UK(+44) (0)7715-498005 and email support Support@WebTCards.com unique 1 click sample system creation.

  25. Dan
    July 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    This is a very good list, I have used several of these over the last few years. My favorite now is Trello which has outstanding flexibility, I dont see it on the list.

  26. Roques
    September 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Hi there :)

    What do you think about https://kanbanflow.com ?

    Bye !

    • JayW
      October 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

      I LOVE Kanbanflow, ease of use and simplicity + integrated Pomodoro timer.

  27. Vladimir
    November 3, 2013 at 4:05 am #

    There is also a kanban tool / dashboard for Google Apps: http://kanbanchi.com

  28. Denis Gorbachev
    April 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Certainly https://pintask.me/ shouldn’t be mentioned, as it might steal business from other tools.

    Anyway, great list, thanks for sharing!

  29. Enrico
    May 26, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    Thanks for this interesting list. Another interesting Kanban tool is Herogami: http://www.herogami.com

    Bye!

  30. John Tourdell
    July 25, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    Good, extensive list. We use one you’ve not listed and works just about right for the price: http://www.herogami.com

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