Top 10 Best Online Kanban Tools for Business

After a few weeks of exploring and testing I have chosen a kanban tool for my company. Now, I would like to share with you of what I have found. I present you the list of the best, most intuitive and powerful, online kanban tools that are available on the market.

The Top Ten

1 Zenkit Zenkit

Zenkit is still in beta but already offers a very rich range of functions, with list, calendar, kanban and spreadsheet views. It is cleverly organised to provide a simple entry point - the basic to to list - with pathways to discover its many bells and whistles as you need them. For my purposes, I was blown away by the ability to take an enumerated list column in the spreadsheet view and then display the collection's items organised by those categories in kanban mode. Applying different spreadsheet label lists to the kanban screen enables me to view items in productivity terms (the traditional queued / in progress / done columns) but then shift to organise by category (in honour of NaNoWriMo, organising novel scenes into acts, for example). This is a neat package. - mattz

As an avid user of Trello for a couple of years, I was curious and happy to discover Zenkit. Switching from Kanban to other views made the difference. - Rostane

Zenkit works great because it allows our entire team to manage the same tasks and projects using the project management visualization they prefer - spreadsheets for Engineers, Kanban for PMs, and so on. We use a range of tools for project management, so I would be the last person to want to add another tool to the list unless, like Zenkit, it can replace a good number of them - and do it impressively well!

I love Zenkit for its extreme flexibility - it can display my data in so many ways. Kanban with grouping by labels that can be changed anytime is my favourite.

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2 Kanbanize

Disclosing: I am the product manager of Kanbanize.

If you need Enterprise class software and not just a task management, to-do-lists and so on, you should evaluate Kanbanize. Most tools listed here don't even have an on-premise installation, some of them are NOT Kanban systems at all (lack WIP limits, policies, etc).

This is not an advertisement, I only care to keep the term, Kanban clean and not load it with too many meanings. Also, PERSONAL Kanban and BUSINESS Kanban are two very different topics.

Please don't trust these "Top-10" things too much, but just review the tools for yourself and see which one works for you.

Kanbanize is a great tool. Surely the best one out there for doing Lean and Agile project management. Unlike other tools and dashboards on the market, Kanbanize offers an end-to-end platform for managing, executing, and even analyzing your work flow, helping you find bottlenecks and remove them from the system - one by one.
Not to mention that in my opinion the team behind this platform is awesome - they know exactly what they're doing, they obviously have vast experience in practicing Lean and Agile principles and now they're putting all this great knowledge in Kanbanize.

These people are true professionals, they are truly customer focused. They took the time to understand our problems and requirements and found a solution even before we spent one cent. Their software is very easy to use and will improve efficiency and collaboration in your organisation if used correctly. I will recommend anytime. Regards Ted

I must have tried a zillion kanban software tools out there but most of them were either too complex or too simple. In my opinion kanbanize is probably the best available right now, because it has hell lot of customization options, it's easy to use and can be applied across my whole organization. Highly recommened for their customer focus too - these guys really helped me out and did not charge for consulting whatsoever.

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3 Kanban Tool

This is the best management tool I've ever tried for both individual and teamwork. Simple interface makes it easy to use even if you've never used this kind of app. One of its most interesting features is time tracking. Whenever you move a task to the working column the timer starts automatically. Also you can get time reports, so you can have the overview of what has been done, who did what and when.

I find this software very useful. It gives me full control over all of my tasks so I can work more effectively. It is very simple to use.

The only no-nonsense kanban app out there. Love it.

Best Kanban software for me. Easy, intuitive, customisable, visually awesome

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4 Kanbanery

Kanbanery (Kanbanery.com) is an online task management app that lets you efficiently work on your tasks & projects individually or in a team.

The Kanbanery app is really simple to use - it’s an online board, organized with columns. The number & names of columns can be modified easily by you to suite your process / workflow / needs / context. Each column is a different steps toward completion and their sequence suits your workflow (e.g. To Do, Doing, Done). You add tasks by adding cards, and you can move them between columns by dragging & dropping them. You can comment, assign, categorize tasks and do many more actions, depends on your needs.

The idea of the Kanbanery board is based on a Kanban board, used originally in Japan in production processes. Nowadays this Kanban tool, as well as other Agile tools, is popularized and utilized in many different areas. The Kanbanery app is used successfully in large companies and startups to manage teams in big projects, as well ...more - Justyna

I like Kanbanery because it's easy to use. The best thing about it is that there's no learning curve for my clients. They just look, and they know what's happening on their project. The weekly report helps, too, because I can just forward it to my boss to keep her happy.

The CEO of Kanbanery asked me to add a review here, but I'm happy to do it. I've been using Kanbanery with my teams at a financial services company in Seattle for almost two years and I love it. I use it for everything, from sales to projects to marketing and chores. The best thing about it is that it's so flexible I can use it for things it clearly wasn't intended to do, and it still works. My team likes it, too, because it's easy to learn. Keep up the good work!

Kanbanery has the best design and is the easiest to use of any of the Kanban tools out there. It's got a lot of features and tons of integrations (native and via Zapier) but all that power stays out of your way until you need it. It also has some of the best pricing of any tool out there.

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5 Kanban Flow

The tool works fine. It offers a bunch of well-made unique features (including time tracking and build-in pomodoro timer). However the premium version (which is in some cases the basic version) is quite expensive.

I've just tried this and it looks nice and costs only $5 per user.

Nice app, focus on work/task management and kanban concept.

The added pomodoro timer makes this a tool to stay productive

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6 SwiftKanban

Much improved over earlier versions. Power when you need it. The most flexible KB tool I've used or seen. The board is now attractive instead of garish. They have the best hierarchical boards in the business. The features can be a bit daunting and the developers have a tendency to hide commonly used features (like deleting a board). If you need extra capabilities, you'll want to check them out.

SwiftKanban is one of the most modern rich featured kanban tool in present time. Its board playback and extensive analytic reports gives an edge over the other existing kanban tools.

SwiftKanban is the best combination of powerful functionality and ease of use, in my opinion. It has the most configurability, the best swim-lane design and really good Scrum support.

This is a huge thing. It has many additional features. This is great, but because of that the board is illegible. What I really like about SwiftKanban is SwiftSync. Very nice idea.

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7 LeanKit

I've been using LeanKit for several years now. We started when it was a pretty immature tool and have been very happy to see it evolve into what I consider the only serious enterprise-class kanban tool.

The flexibility of the board design, the ease with which changes can be made, and the ability to create template has been huge for us. It's allowed us to delegate control of boards to teams while also encouraging some degree of standardization.

The connections feature that allows cards to be linked to others with progress stats rolling up has allowed us to better control our product roadmaps within our development teams and to manage dependencies with outside folks like marketing.

It was a pain that they didn't have an Android app for a long time but they do now. It's pretty close to the iOS, I think and lots of our folks use it. I really hope they bring the My LeanKit view of a user's assigned and subscribed cards into the main web-based product soon.

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We use LeanKit to manage our products - from idea inception all the way through to final release. I can roll the tasks that our engineers breakdown (on a board of their own design) up to a higher level view, helping all team members across the company know how far along work is. I think we'd be lost without LeanKit to help us manage the continuous delivery that we strive to achieve.

Horrible mobile app. Great online, so I'm torn. I really need the mobile app to work better and I'd use it for life.

It is very similar to Kanban Tool mentioned above. The main difference is design which, this is only my option, looks a little bit childish. Also, LeanKit does not provide an on-site version. It has mobile apps.

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8 Trello

It's colorful and friendly, and free. But it does lack the features most people look for in a Kanban tool. For what it is, it's great, but it's not really for business use. For personal kanban or collaborating with friends in a club or at school, it's ideal.

Relatively simple & straight forward tool. The real power appears when you start to use it in combination with the many Trello Chrome extensions.
I discounted this tool initially, but the combination of the extensions & the fact that it's safe harbor accredited won me over.

Simple and effective. The only missing piece is blocking tasks

Simple, effective, easy to learn, collaborative, flexible, and free.

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9 AgileZen

I feel zen when I use it. However, I'm not sure what's inside (I couldn't find full feature list), I'm very positive about what I did find. Especially, I like the wide range of integration possibilities.

AgileZen has a lot of customizable features. The beta version is available for personal use if you're not looking to do any sort of collaboration.

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10 Cleverflow

Really easy to set up and use.

A little bit lack of features, but most important are implemented. Very nice interface and easy to use.

Nicely Implemented. Just started using it and it looks very good

Pretty UI, nice functionality, guys doing great work.

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The Contenders

11 SmartQ

SmartQ helps me by
1) maintaining lean management systems in my company.
2) Plan and assign project tickets to project staff
3) Improves project communication throughout the organization
4) Project staff are able to draw work tickets as and when required.
5) Helps me to monitor work flow from anywhere.

Nice usability. Strange design and expensive pricing.

It's a simple way to visualize my to-do list and keep track of items in different statuses.

I found the design pretty simple. And the support of custom fields was huge for us.

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12 Kanbanchi

I use Kanbanchi to manage project progress and communicate better with my clients. It has an easy to use interface, several customization options, and supplies a complete view of current project demands. The Dashboard feature provides a quick view of current boards and tasks. Google Drive integration makes it easy for me access the app as it has the same interface and features as Google Drive. Kanbanchi is the perfect Google App for personal and business project/task management. I would recommend giving it a try!

A kanban board that is available as a Google App. Use your Google drive to search organize and share boards.

Kanbanchi is easy to access and a pleasure to use. It's simple and sleek design also makes it easier on the eye. Integration with Google Drive provides an easy way to share your dashboards with your team and the weight system assures efficient time management for all of your projects. - Sorin

Light-weight, suitable for both personal and business use cases.

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13 Breeze

A nice transition from Basecamp to Kanban.

One of the best in my opinion. Easy to use, integration with Onedrive for business, google drive and others, you can send e-mail to create a task or a comment into an existing task, etc... Excellent

Think Trello + Basecamp + Slack in one box that's prettier and more practical to actually manage projects
(note, it's 'way' better than Trello and Basecamp, combining both their plus poiints in terms of functionality and ding them 10x better... Slack however, is unbeatable for communication but is not a project manager... so with Breeze's Slack integrations that also works perfectly if you don't want to lose the fun of slack... Breeze is the perfect answer, new on the block but already the best, and improving all the time... no contest simply for the combined logic whilst maintaining simplicity and beauty... so intuitive to use for individual tasks and projects, build them up and then invite teams onto the same page and get things done together ;-)

14 Kantree

One of the best, underestimate software on the market. Clear interface, rich functions to customize your projets, cards, lists,...

Switching from Kanban to Calendar and table views is quick and simple. Helps to get the big picture of a project and to visualize its milestones and timeline.

Got some solid features for project management and teamwork (milestones, shared templates...). Also pretty intuitive, reminds me of Trello. You can install it on your server too.

Underestimated compared to its main competitors.

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15 Kanzen

Kanzen brings ease of use and expert level functionality together with their Kanban tool. I love their intro tutorial which teaches how everything works, making the normally confusing process of getting acclimated to a new time saving tool almost too easy. I save a ton of time on my projects and I am glad I went with them. Great tool!

Helps me organizing my work and projects

Very intuitive Kanban ready management platform

I love the visuals and ease of use!

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16 Projectplace ToDo

This one looks nice, but also a bit expensive for what it offers.

Easy to use, great app... possible to attach documents from Dropbox, Google docs, Box or your hard drive on the cards when needed. Burn ups sharts. Free for 1team up to 5 users possible to upgrade and add modules like gantt sharts, document management, online meetings.
Todo. Projectplace.com

17 Lino

If you need an actual wall board with little enhancements it should be ok for you. It is very simple. I guess it may be a right choice for a small start-up.

18 Scrumwise

Very intuitive and easy to use

Best for one project team.

19 Kanboard

Simple, detailed, self-deployable and Open Source

20 Herogami

It's really powerful, but at the same time it's easy to use and has an attractive UI. Free trial with a Full-featured account (three month).

I am the project manager of a large agile-oriented team, I checked the tool along with many others and this is probably the best one for managing software development through kanban boards. Easy interface, plenty of features including wip limite, shared calendar, effort points or pomodoros, document management.

21 ProofHub
22 Nutcache

Smart & simple collaborative project management web app with time tracking, invoicing and expense management. Its flexible collaborative boards allow for great Kanban setup.

I use it with my team and its free!

23 Yanado.com

Yanado is super easy to use Kanban enabled project management tool that works within Gmail. You can put your tasks and emails into Kanban structure and managed them accordingly.

24 RealtimeBoard

It's just like the real whiteboard (which is required for Kanban board), but located in the cloud - simple and useful!

25 QuickScrum
26 KanBo

KanBo - Work Coordination Platform, best tool for remote workers, built by remote workers.

Visual project management & contextual collaboration tailored to business. Integrates with Office365 and SharePoint. Runs in the cloud and on prem.

Daily work with KanBo improve productivity every team. Contextual collaboration this is it!

The only Kanban Software on the market that integrates into the Microsoft environment on premise as well as in Office365. It integrates with Skype, Outlook, Office, OneDrive and Active Directory.

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27 Pipedrive

Kanban tools are often used in software development and in sales as a way of understanding how far along the process either a software development task or a sales deal currently is. In software development, the Kanban approach helps limit the work in progress so that all the tasks in works get enough attention. In sales, the Kanban board are called sales pipelines. The sales pipeline is a systematic and visual approach to selling a product or service, and it usually includes the following four metrics: number of deals, average size of a deal, close ratio, sales velocity.Use Kanban tool built on a sales pipeline. Gathering the data displayed above on a more regular basis takes a lot of time and effort. Using a Kanban sales pipeline tool such as Pipedrive will help you make that process easier, save you time, and literally show you where the money is.

I tried this one, because it's focussed on sales, but I was already using Kanbanery for my sales management and since I use it for IT, recruitment management, and personal task management too, I don't see any point in using a different tool just for sales.

28 Visum

Built for managing portfolio execution. Strong analytics.

29 Taskulu

Easy an intuitive Kanban software. I love the division of ToDo/Doing/Done in any list.

Next-Gen Role Based Project Management Platform.Really great and intuitive!

With Selection for list not need Swimlines, very fast and easy.

30 Brightpod

Brightpod is a stress-free way for marketing teams to manage their campaigns and collaborate in real-time.

Most marketing teams currently use a general purpose project management tool. With Brightpod, we make it easy for them to plan, organize & track all their digital marketing projects in one place.

Clients are spending more and more money on Digital marketing. Marketing firms have more work that they can handle. This is where Brightpod comes in.

Key Features & Benefits:
1. Ready-made marketing workflows (for Google Adwords, Social Media, Email Marketing etc.) to help marketers save time. It has ready-made marketing workflows. In addition, teams can save and reuse their workflows too.

2. Kanban style flow view to plan and assign tasks easily. It is as simple as dragging things around. You can even drag and drop a person's thumbnail onto a task for assignment. Think of this as "agile marketing".

3. Brightpod even has an editorial calendar to help ...more

One of the simplest collaboration apps!

31 Teamput

Create kanban board with rich visual collaboration behind the cards. Super simple and effective.

32 Twproject

It's not just a kanban tool, it's much more than that because you can manage your projects with agile methods or not. Twproject includes all the agile management: sprint creation, backlog, kanban organizer but also Gantt charts for a more "old school" task management.

Twproject has an amazing Kanban tool, the best part of it is that we can have several projects, some managed with scrum and others not, it has a great Gantt chart too!

33 Kanban for WordPress

A complete project management suite for your WordPress site!

34 ScrumDo.com

Originally made for Scrum, this tool offers a powerful set of board manipulation and metric capabilities that can beat the best Kanban tool. Most folks use it for scrumban.

35 Eylean Board

Eylean Board is an intuitive and effective Kanban tool. This Software specializes in all things Agile and will treat you with predefined Boards, WIP limits, reports and much more. And all of it can be fully customized as well.

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37 HiTask

Not a kanban tool but great for task management.

Nice UI. Very cheap for the features it provides.

38 Kanbanara

After five years of near-continuous development, the source code to Kanbanara, a web-based project management system using the kanban methodology, has now been open-sourced under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3. Kanbanara has been developed in Python 3.6 and utilises CherryPy as its web framework and MongoDB as its NoSQL database system.

See http://www.kanbanara.com or https://sourceforge.net/projects/kanbanara/ for further information.

Even though the development of Kanbanara is well advanced in some areas, such as the kanban board itself, other aspects of the application require a little more attention.

In order to attract new co-developers, it is my intention to set up a United Kingdom-based charity, Kanbanara Software Foundation, once a number of additional potential trustees come forward so as to allow the source code to have a legal entity, other than myself, as its owner.

Should you like what you see and wish to get involved, please ...more

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