Kanbanery - Features, Pricing, Alternatives, and More

Aja Frost
Reviewed by Aja Frost
Last updated February 24, 2016

It seems like everyone's using the kanban project management system lately—and for good reason. The simple notes-on-a-board system makes it easy to organize anything into lists and visualize your progress. And it's a flexible enough system, you can make it work for any type of project.

You could make your own kanban board from paper notes, or you could use a kanban app—and Kanbanery is a great option that makes kanban boards even more flexible.

You start with just one board, with three default columns: “To Do,” “Doing,” and “Done.” If you’re working on an eBook, for example, you might put a card for “Hire designer” under the first column, “Edit eBook” under the second, and “Write draft” under the third. As you make progress on a task, you drag its card into the respective column, to visualize your work in progress and see it through completion.

Of course, you don’t have to stick with Kanbanery’s pre-set columns. Add more columns, change their titles, and set limits on the number of tasks each column can hold—the kanban board is yours to tweak for your projects.

What about the projects with tons of stages—and thus tons of columns? To keep your board from becoming visually overwhelming, you can collapse specific columns when you need to hide the extra steps or finished tasks. It’s easy to re-expand columns when you want to see the tasks they contain or move a new task in.

Then, you can add your tasks and cards to those customized columns. Each individual card can be as detailed or simple as you’d like, with an owner, priority level, estimate of how much effort it’ll take, and task type (i.e. “marketing” or “sales”). In addition, you can add attachments, comments or notes, create sub-tasks, and browse through the task’s history.

Kanbanery even lets you add “blockers,” or reasons specific tasks can’t be completed. Maybe the team leader asks you to send out a product update to your customers, but you need to wait until the engineers confirm you’ve used the right wording. With blockers, you can quickly indicate this kind of hold-up, for an easy indicator of what needs tackled first.

There are two options for storing “inactive” tasks. Maybe at some point your dev team is planning on fixing a very minor bug, but not within the foreseeable future. Assign that task to the “Icebox,” which is meant for all those tasks you’d like to get to eventually. When you’re ready to tackle a task, you can move the card back to your board. Or, if you’ve finished a task, send it to the Archive. And if a list is getting crowded with completed tasks, you can also mass-archive every task in a column.

As you finish off tasks, Kanbanery's reporting tools should also help your team identify (and eliminate) issues. Cumulative flow diagrams give you an overview of your projects, including how much work has been done, what’s in progress, and how many tasks you have left. Task distribution graphs give you a clear picture of your team’s workload, showing the type and scope of the work being handled and who’s handling it. Not only will these insights help you manage your current projects, they’ll inform your decisions on future ones.

There’s an extra bonus for developers. With the GitHub integration, task cards will automatically update with related commits—so your testers, code reviewers, and other collaborators can instantly see what’s changed, along with the entire history of code changes. And with Kanbanery's Zapier integration, you can add info to your Kanbanery cards from over 500 apps, for an easy way to fit it into your workflow.

Kanbanery fuses the visual simplicity of a bulletin board with the powerful features of project management software. If you need a customizable tool to make a project workflow that fits your team's style, it's a great option that combines the simplicity of kanban boards with the details and reports you'd expect from a project management tool.

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Kanbanery Features

  • Create customized kanban boards for projects
  • Collaborate on boards with others
  • Customize cards with owners, deadlines, types, blockers, colors, and more
  • Get reports on progress, remaining tasks, and more
  • iOS app available

Kanbanery Pricing

  • Free plan for up to 2 users
  • $24/month for 5 users, unlimited boards, and unlimited storage
  • $49/month for 10 users, unlimited boards and storage
  • $99/month for 25 users, unlimited boards and storage
  • $50/month for 50 users, unlimited boards and storage
  • Custom Enterprise plans available

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Kanbanery is an easy to use but full-featured online visual project management tool for personal or team use. Just create task cards and move them through columns as work is completed. A fully-functional free plan is available for personal use.