Best Kanban Tools [closed]

What tools for managing Kanban would you recommend?

13.10.2009 18:11:03
Do you expect us to answer targetprocess Michael? >:)
Pascal Thivent 13.10.2009 19:23:13
absolutely not! Just interesting how many people use physical boards ;)
Michael Dubakov 15.10.2009 10:45:01
We should migrate this question to, if possible.
Anderson Green 18.12.2014 04:04:21
@AndersonGreen SR mod here - this question wouldn't contain enough information to meet our question quality guidelines :)
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13.10.2009 19:27:31
Couldn't agree more. As developers, we tend to want to throw tools at a solution rather than focusing on the process. Kanban is all about the process and improving that process... whiteboard and post-its are the least likely to get in the way.
mkedobbs 16.12.2009 07:05:09
Agreed, however sharing this information with various people who might be in another office, another city, or another country is difficult.
Ben Scheirman 17.11.2010 17:43:27
why do you have seperate colunns for "Done"? Isn't there only meant to be a single definition for "done" for the entire team?
Anonymous Type 15.04.2011 00:44:29
Can't believe this was picked as the answer. Yes, of course we all want tasks boards next to us. Along with magical ponies and working windows applications. AS I mentioned in another post on this page, I manage several teams all located in different countries. Try running a scrum meeting with your precious task board like that...
coderama 5.10.2011 00:12:04
This only works if the team is in one place. Our team is in 2 countries, so this wont work.
eddy147 21.11.2013 08:17:54

The Kanban Board plugin for FogBugz is great.

13.10.2009 19:29:28

We use a cork board and index cards, much as Pascal Thivent uses a whiteboard and post-it notes. For tracking metrics, we use Excel, although any spreadsheet program would work just as well. This allows us to easily create cumulative flow diagrams.


The Limited Work In Progress society is now maintaining a list of tools.

21.05.2012 06:33:26

You need a tool that will allow you to easily tweak and change your process as you begin to understand your cadence better. You won't get it right the first time, and so you need the flexibility.

Ideally, if your team is colocated, you do this on a whiteboard or cork board as others have said. Low-tech and totally malleable.

AgileZen ( is pretty solid as Jacob mentioned, and new features are being added constantly. I would use this for my team but a hosted solution is not an option for us due to company policies.

7.11.2013 09:52:02

If you are using multi-tier boards and like the look and feel of whiteboards and sticky notes, you should check out LeanKit Kanban

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5.12.2009 05:05:46
We have been using this very smoothly for months now, very flexible grid that gives us freedom to make different lanes. Has history and other statistics too.
TiansHUo 3.05.2011 11:06:27

Presently, LeanKitKanban leads the pack specifically for a Kanban implementation in a hosted app.

All of the available tools are somewhat naive about their interpretation of Kanban and of what's important in a tool and a user experience. They tend to be overly-narrow perspectives of Kanban and Lean by only that part of software product development that is populated by programmers. But then, programmers are the folks most likely to build an app. I hope that we'll get a truly awesome Kanban app/service at some point - one built by a whole product development organization rather than just by passionate programmers jumping on the Next Big Thing.

For the time being, I find LeanKit to be the one that has the least naive implementation of Kanban, but I'll jump at a tool that reflects Lean more holistically and goes beyond mere automated enforcement of work-in-process limits.

12.07.2010 00:04:55
So Scott, are you saying that your tool is going to meet that need? Aren't you just a software developer too?
Nate Kohari 4.10.2010 21:08:25
Nate, I am a software developer. I'm also a subject matter expert with quite a bit of field experience. That's a darned good combination for anyone looking to build tooling. So in this case specifically: No, I'm not "just" a software developer.
Scott Bellware 17.11.2010 05:43:44
+1 for LeanKit. I also love their feedback / feature request model. You can tell they're actually eating their own dog food.
Lunivore 17.03.2011 17:52:29

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Disclamer Visual WIP is an open source project I have been working on for a few weeks.

If you use Team Foundation Server 2010 Visual WIP may be of interest. Here is a description of the project

Visual WIP is a visualization tool to make your Work In Progress (WIP) visible. The visualization is a card-wall with stickies in different columns.

If work-in-progress limits are set for a column the same amount of kanban’s(slots/placeholders) are added to the column. If more work is added to the column than the set work-in-progress limit the column background will change color.

The main goals of Visual WIP is to:

  • Visualizer a process work-in-progress by using strong visual signals with a card wall metaphor.

  • Utilize multi monitors to enable to both show an overview from more that 10 feet’s and show detailed information when closer.

  • Use a plug-in model to enable customization and support different electronic backing systems. The main focus is to support Team Foundation Server 2010 but SharePoint is also in the roadmap.

  • Not tied to a specific process as Kanban can be applied to any process. Currently MSF for Agile for Team Foundation Server 2010 is the process that Visual WIP is developed against.

24.11.2010 00:24:44

You guys should checkout the new entrant Swift-Kanban as well. You'll see our creativity and innovation, right from the website. We have tried to do some cool stuff. We are in beta and looking forward to work with the community and build the next set of capabilities.Give it a shot and let us know what you feel.

14.08.2014 07:40:18

Not satisfied then take a look at this list

26.03.2011 14:48:10

I think Kanbanery is worth to check.

  1. Simple and neat board. enter image description here
  2. There is an open API used by chrome extension, android app and an iphone app.
  3. There is a free plan, that's hidden under paid plans :)
14.05.2011 16:17:00

I have started using KanbanPad, which is free as of now. It supports simple adding tasks, multiple assignment, drag and drop, events notification. It's UI is simplistic but do not let it fool you.

10.08.2011 11:21:31