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.
Update: There is now a Listly List containing Kanban apps. Please feel free to add your own, or vote on favourites.
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.
Trello (Webapp and Mobile)
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.
Although 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.
I 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 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.
LeanKit (Webapp with Mobile App)
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.
The free version offers most of the functionality you will need, unlimited team members and boards. A premium membership is available also.
KanPlan (Mobile with Webapp Support)
Available 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.
Taskboard (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.
Bords: 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.
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