#26Tech A-Z | Kanban Apps

The K post for #26Tech A-Z Challenge profiles a few Kanban Apps for swim-laning tasks: valuable for any creatives looking to oomph up their productivity, or juggling multiple tasks or to-do’s.

listly-square-logo_thumb.pngUpdate: There is now a Listly List containing Kanban apps. Please feel free to add your own, or vote on favourites.

Kanban Apps

About Kanban

Note: I discussed kanban and personal kanban in the K Post here of 2013.

At a basic level, Kanban is simply a process for visualising and managing your top priority tasks.  Popular with businesses and agile software development teams, the todo-to-done approach works well as a physical big whiteboard on your wall, or digitally.

Kanban Apps

Trello (Webapp and Mobile)

TrelloTrello was detailed in this June 2013 post. It was also mentioned in the Collaborative Apps post of this series and will be found also in the Y post coming up.

This free webapp (yes, free!) allows for as many boards, columns and tasks as you need.  You can add images and document files, notes and coloured labels to the task cards. Set dates, add checklists, and polls for voting onto the tasks.  Drag and drop the cards across columns. Trello has collaboration also – invite other people to your boards and tasks, and an activity feed shows you any changes made.

trello-iconAlthough the free version has all the functions you could want, Trello now has a gold membership offering stickers and board backgrounds, and a Business Class which offers Google Apps integration and more control over team roles.

This webapp can also be accessed on iOS and Android devices on-the-go. The mobile apps display as good as the webapps.

Website: Trello

iCardSort (iOS)

icardsortI was tempted to put this app into several of these A-Z posts, bar for the cost – it’s a popular iPAD app particularly in the education market, but the $10 price is a little off-putting compared to several other brainstorming and card apps.

icardsort icon iCardSort provides a free-form card environment – small sticky-note cards can contain word labels and images. These can be sorted and grouped onscreen across a number of backgrounds- a typical wooden board background, whiteboard background, blackboard drawn into quarters (useful for matrices sorting) and a blackboard with swim-lanes, perfect for Kanban.

Website: iCardSort

LeanKit (Webapp with Mobile App)

LeankitLeanKit is a very popular kanban-style agile development webapp for task visualisation.

The boards inside this webapp are fully customisable and comprehensive with split columns, colour-coded cards, task reminders, file attachments, backlog and archive areas for your tasks, and team collaboration features.

Leankit iconTypically used on a subscription basis by software management teams, the basic free plan still provides up to 10 users and 3 kanban boards for your projects. Mobile apps allow on-the-go access.

Website: LeanKit.

KanbanFlow (Webapp)

kanbanflowKanbanFlow is another webapp for kanban-style task management. Customisation, file attachments, team collaboration, subtasks, and time tracking using a Pomodoro-style timer.

The free version offers most of the functionality you will need, unlimited team members and boards. A premium membership is available also.

Website: KanbanFlow

KanPlan (Mobile with Webapp Support)

KanPlanKanPlan was designed for kids – with a kanban style task board, a Pomodoro timer and the ability  to assign rewards for points earned. Fun.

kanplan-iconAvailable on iOS and Android, the mobile apps can run both offline and online. These also support multiple users on the same device. The mobile apps can be used standalone, or supported via the website – parents and teachers can log onto the website to monitor the progress of mobile device users through their tasks.

Website: KanPlan


My Personal Kanban : A personal kanban board which works offline – http://greggigon.github.io/my-personal-kanban/ – this is an html and javascript based board which runs through any browser, even when offline.

taskboardTaskboard (iPAD): This free simple app lets you setup lists and drag and schedule cards across the boards. Change board backgrounds, and drag and drop list items. In-App purchases for more project boards and colour tasks. Appstore link: Taskboard.

bordsBords: for IPAD, Bords provides a freeform brainstorming environment similar to iCardsSort – uses backgrounds, draw lines and other objects to set out the swimlanes for sticky notes. Appstore link: Bords.

26Tech-Logo_thumb.png#26Tech: This was the K post for my A to Z challenge, where this blog will be posting 26 days worth of Tech posts relevant to writers and creatives.

You will find the other posts under tag: #26Tech or an index post will be provided on May 1st.

A2Z-BADGE-0002014_thumb.jpgA to Z: in April you will find other bloggers providing A to Z posts on many topics, through the 2014 Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

5 thoughts on “#26Tech A-Z | Kanban Apps

  1. Great post 🙂 Also, I recommend you to try out some other kanban boards such as: Kanban Tool and Kanbanery.

    1. How funny you should suggest these, Robert. I’d only just discovered Kanban Tool, and had it on a list to look into, and perhaps try out. Kanbanery is a new one on me,though. So thanks for taking the time to comment.

  2. Did you have a chance to try out Kanban Tool? Recently, they add a new feature – time tracking and time reports.

  3. Unfortunately not, Robert. The free plan for Kanban Tool offers only two boards, and also does not offer the new features of time tracking. For enterprise or teams, the tool may well be valuable, possibly as a comparison with LeanKit. But as currently a sole writer without the need for sharing that much, I find more benefit from the free Trello.

    But thanks for reminding me of the other tools now available in this niche.

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