15 popular Kanban tools for workflow management

Kanban is a workflow management system that simplifies development processes and lifecycles by increasing efficiency, communication and collaboration for agile teams.

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Asana

Asana offers a wide range of features for Kanban, agile project management, bug tracking, business process management, collaboration, product management, roadmapping, resource management and more. It’s a well-rounded development tool that also offers a rich set of workflow management features, and Asana regularly adds new features to help make it more customizable for users. The list of features is long, but the software includes timelines, calendars, custom templates, robust reporting features and the ability to connect work across teams and company objectives. Asana has just over 9,000 reviews and a 4.4 star rating on Software Advice. See CIO.com’s in-depth review of Asana.

Pricing: Asana offers a free Basic account for individuals or smaller teams that don’t need as many features. Asana’s Premium tier starts at a $10.99 per user, per month, with a free trial period. Larger companies will need to pay for a Business account, which starts at $24.99 per user, per month. Additional functionality is available through Asana’s Enterprise tier; contact the company for pricing.

Monday

Monday is a highly rated Kanban tool by users on Software Advice, earning 4.63 stars based on more than 2,100 user reviews. This workflow management tool offers a streamlined user interface that enables companies to manage entire workflows in one space. Features include automation, visualization, reporting and collaboration as well as 24-hour customer support. In addition to Monday’s Kanban functionality, you will also get access to a robust set of features for project management, HR, media and production, sales, IT, marketing, software development and remote work.

Pricing: Each Monday tier opens up additional functionality, starting with Basic at $8 per user, per month; Standard at $10 per user, per month; and Pro at $16 per user, per month. Monday also offers an Enterprise tier; contact a sales representative for pricing. Monday offers a free two-week trial if you want to test out the software before you commit.

Wrike

Wrike offers customizable workflow management features that will make it easy for your company to create, share and edit Kanban boards. With Wrike, your team can visualize tasks, pin important to-dos on your dashboard, and manage the flow of a project’s action items with Kanban cards. The software also includes robust reporting features that will help you analyze the team’s progress and performance in real-time. Wrike is tailored for midsize and large companies, with teams of 20 or more people. It’s a solid solution for IT, operations, marketing, creative, project and product teams that need to track project lifecycles in your organization. Wrike has more than 1,600 reviews on Software Advice and an average rating of 4.2 stars. See CIO.com’s in-depth review of Wrike.

Pricing: Wrike offers a free account for five users with a solid list of features for smaller organizations and individuals who are interested in Kanban tools. Wrike’s Professional tier starts at $9.80 per user, per month, for up to 15 users. Its Business tier starts at $24.80 per user, per month, for up to 200 users. For more than 200 users, contact Wrike about pricing for its Enterprise tier.

MeisterTask

MeisterTask is an agile project management tool that offers flexible, customizable Kanban and project boards. The user interface is minimalist but colorful, with several options to create and arrange your own Kanban categories, view project timelines, automate workflow steps, set recurring tasks and even limit the amount of “works in progress” (WIPs) that your team can take on at one time. The software also offers features such as collaboration, KPI monitoring, project planning, roadmapping and productivity tracking tools. MeisterTask has a 4.7 rating on Software Advice, averaged from more than 860 reviews.

Pricing: MeisterTask offers a free Basic account, which allows you to manage up to three projects at a time. Its Pro tier costs €8.25 per user, per month (about $9.75), and its Business tier for larger companies is priced at €20.75 per user, per month (about $24.50). Contact the company directly for Enterprise tier pricing.

Kanbanchi

Kanbanchi is a project management solution built for the G Suite of Google products. The software enables users to manage Kanban boards, plan projects using a Gantt chart, monitor project progress with real-time tracking and analyze performance with reporting features. The software has collaboration features that will allow users to make the most of integrated tools such as Google Calendar and Google Drive. It’s a great option for businesses that rely heavily on the G Suite for daily work, given that integration is relatively seamless. Kanbanchi has 191 reviews on Software Advice, with a 4.5 star rating.

Pricing: Kanbanchi Starter accounts are $7.95 per user, per month; Professional accounts cost $19.97 per user, per month; Enterprise accounts start at $34.97 per user, per month for 100 users — custom pricing is available if you need to support more than 100 users.

WorkOtter

WorkOtter offers a highly customizable workflow experience with easy-to-use dashboards, a streamlined design and an intuitive user interface. The software is best for organizations that need to connect 10 users or more, with collaborative features that enable everyone to stay on top of a project, and the ability to customize your Kanban board. WorkOtter is designed for IT, engineering and professional service PMOs with a focus on delivering agile and scalable workflow resources for businesses. WorkOtter offers a 30-day implementation plan that enables organizations to test out the product, ask questions and get support as needed while integrating the software into the organization. WorkOtter has a 4.95 average rating from more than 140 reviews on Software Advice.

Pricing: WorkOtter offers tiers based on functionality, starting at $10 per user, per month for its Time/Status tier; $20 per user, per month for a Team account; and $35 per user, per month for a Manager account.

Quire

Quire is a cloud-based project management tool designed for small and midsize businesses to assist with project management and collaboration. It’s also completely free, at least for right now, as Quire plans to introduce pricing in the future. The software includes Kanban boards to help visualize workflow across teams and departments as well as several management features, including the ability to set assignment priority, customizable task filters and notifications, as well as reminders for end-users. The user interface is sleek and minimalist, with options for filtering and organizing information. Quire has 99 reviews on Software Advice with a 4.7 rating.

Pricing: Quire is free as of this writing; you can sign up for a Quire account with up to 35 organizations, 80 projects and 30 members per organization. Pricing packages will be introduced in the future, but whatever is free when you sign up will remain free when pricing tiers are eventually released. 

Nifty

Nifty is a project management software that offers collaborative features to help companies streamline the workfolk process for project and product development. Features include Kanban boards as well as other management features such as Gannt charts, idea management, customizable templates, status tracking and project planning and scheduling. The user-friendly interface offers several views into a project, including real-time discussions, shared files, editable documents, KPI milestones and assigned tasks. Users can set goals and timelines and track the progress in real-time while ensuring everyone has a balanced workload. Nifty has 94 reviews on Software Advice, with a 4.8 rating.

Pricing: Nifty Starter accounts cost $39 per month for 10 users; Pro accounts cost $79 per month for 25 users; and Business accounts cost $124 per month for 50 users. If you need to license more than 50 users, you will need to contact the company for custom Enterprise account pricing.

Taiga

Taiga is an open source project management tool that offers several Kanban features, including customizable workflows and subtasks, board filter options and a search function and WIP limits. The software also allows you to switch back and forth between Kanban and Scrum, depending on which methodology you need to complete a project. Taiga also includes integrated issues and bug tracking, dashboards and reporting and a long list of customizable features to make the software work for your company. Taiga has 81 reviews on Software Advice with a 4.4 rating.

Pricing: Taiga Basic accounts are free, while Premium accounts start at $5 per user, per month. On Premise accounts for larger companies start at $530 per month for 100 users.

Kanbanize

Kanbanize is designed for project, program and portfolio management with features such as workflow planning, customizable Kanban boards, automation and analytics and reporting. The software allows users to implement limits on WIPs, create card templates with customized filters and monitor project delivery in real-time across the organization. The user-friendly interface offers a clean, simple design targeted at companies that want Kanban-specific features for agile teams to gain more transparency into the project development cycle. Kanbanize has 79 reviews on Software Advice with a 4.8 rating.

Pricing: Kanbanize starts at $99 per month for an annual plan that allows for 15 users; pricing increases as you add more users or features such as analytics.

Kanban Tool

Kanban Tool is a project management platform that focuses on helping companies implement Kanban into their workflow management and development processes. The software enables real-time collaboration and all the features you will need to enable Kanban in your organization, including task management, productivity tracking, process automation, deadline tracking, resource allocation and digital Kanban cards. Your team will have all the tools necessary to visualize tasks, limit WIPs and improve efficiency across the company. Kanban Tool has 60 reviews on Software Advice with a 4.75 rating.

Pricing: Kanban Tool offers a free account for up to two boards and two users. Its Team tier is $5 per user, per month, with unlimited boards and file attachments. Its Enterprise tier is $9 per user, per month, and adds features such as productivity tracking and process automation.

KanbanFlow

KanbanFlow is a simplified productivity tracking tool with a strong focus on Kanban boards to help your organization improve productivity and simplify communication. The user interface is minimalist, making it easy to see what needs to get done and who is assigned to each task. If your company uses the Pomodoro technique, you’ll be happy to know this software comes with a Pomodoro timer baked in and allows users to log their time spent working. Similar to other workflow management tools, KanbanFlow also integrates with other tools and software and offers several reporting features to analyze your workflow. KanbanFlow has a 4.5 star rating out of 49 reviews on Software Advice.

Pricing: KanbanFlow offers a limited-functionality free account with no user, board or time limits. Its Premium account starts at $5 per user, per month, and includes a robust set of features that will help implement Kanban in your organization. 

Workstreams

If your organization already uses Slack or Microsoft Teams, you can add an integration tool such as Workstreams to bring Kanban tools and workflow productivity tracking right into your Slack or Microsoft Team channels. With Workstreams, you can create flexible Kanban boards that use a bot to help you work alongside your team directly in Slack or Teams. You can create new tasks, turn messages into action items and pull performance reports directly from a Slack or Teams channel. It’s a great option for teams that don’t need additional workflow management features or a highly customizable tool and already rely on Slack or Teams for communication.

Pricing: Workstreams is free to add to Slack or Microsoft Teams, but for larger teams, its Pro tier is $9.99 per user, per month. Workstreams also offers an Enterprise tier; contact the company for pricing.

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