JIRA and Kanban vs. LeanKit

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JIRA, Kanban Boards, and LeanKit

Kanban is used across many types of organizations to visualize work, limit work in progress, focus on flow and create an environment of continuous delivery. If you’ve ever used or considered using a Kanban tool, you’ve probably encountered Kanban in JIRA. While JIRA technically provides Kanban functionality, it doesn’t support some of the key principles of Lean and Kanban.

In this post, we’ll compare JIRA Kanban with LeanKit, the leader in enterprise Kanban. We’ll then provide use cases for integrating the two systems, to allow everyone in your organization to use the tool that is purpose-built for them.

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My Favorite LeanKit Feature: Subscribe to a Card

LK_blogPhoto_favoriteFeatureHana here, from Product Marketing at LeanKit. One of my main roles is as a liaison between our Product and Marketing teams, ensuring that feature releases are communicated effectively with you, our customers.

I was recently asked to name my favorite LeanKit feature, and to be honest with you, that’s a bit like picking a favorite child. I decided to begin with LeanKit’s Subscribe to a Card feature, because it’s had a tremendous impact on the way I manage cross-departmental work.

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Choosing a Kanban App: 7 Things You Need to Consider

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Kanban apps are increasingly adopted by enterprises looking for ways to optimize workflow processes and accelerate value delivery. While teams may start out using a physical Kanban board, the need to streamline communication between distributed and cross-functional teams quickly prompts most teams to adopt a Kanban app.

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Improved Insights into the Distribution of Work

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Understanding the distribution of your team’s work can help you make better decisions about how work is planned, prioritized, and assigned.

We recently introduced improved Distribution and Assigned User Reports in LeanKit to make distribution information easier to read and interpret – especially if your board is used by a large team with a high volume of cards flowing through.

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Incorporating Lean and Kanban with Leanban

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As CEO of Net Objectives, I’ve seen firsthand how adopting a Lean, objective-driven mindset enables organizations to evolve their software development practices and deliver customer value more effectively. If you’re ready to take your team’s Agile practices to the next level, this webinar is for you.

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FAQ: Help! I Forgot My Password


My name is Ryan MacGillis, and I’m a Customer Support Specialist here at LeanKit. A lot of the questions we receive are from people who want to get the most out of LeanKit’s features — that’s where I come in. Periodically, I’ll be blogging about some of the most frequently asked questions I hear. This FAQ explains what to do when you forget your password in LeanKit.

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