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Project Management Software

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What is SwiftKanban?

SwiftKanban is a web-based electronic enterprise/portfolio Kanban and visual management app for both co-located and distributed teams and enterprises. Visual Management and Kanban are the latest and one of the best ways of collaboration on a wide variety of technology and business functions.

SwiftKanban can use used by software teams, IT/ops/DevOps teams, project managers/teams and those in HR, marketing, sales, procurement, construction, insurance, legal and other fields to visualize their team’s processes and work and improve overall flow, efficiency, and delivery of value to their customers. SwiftKanban combines Scrum, Kanban, and visual management to offer a powerful tool for Lean/Agile software development, visual project management, and business collaboration and improvement.

SwiftKanban is available in both SaaS and on-premise models, and comes with a free Team edition as well as Group and Enterprise options.

Overview of SwiftKanban Benefits

  1. SmartLanes based Swim Lane design that provides powerful workflow mapping capabilities – across multiple work-items, classes of service and many other attributes. This makes it easy for customers to map even the most complex processes easily on the Kanban Board.
  2. Large and insightful set of Lean/Kanban-based analytics based on statistical analysis, Monte Carlo simulation, flow analysis and process control. Customers get the benefit of implementing true Lean/ Kanban principles, and the improvements thereof.
  3. Easy to use, highly configurable Board Design with several powerful Visualization controls – such as Board Zoom, Aging, Calendar, Change tracking and others. Makes it easy for teams used to physical boards to migrate to an electronic Kanban board and use it effectively for day-to-day work management – including Daily Standups – as well as an effective Information Radiator for all stakeholders.
  4. Highly flexible Hierarchy Design for Portfolio and Program level Board design, unlimited levels of hierarchy, many-to-many relationships and child-to-parent progress reporting. Solves a key challenge for customers to scale Agile in the enterprise, provide Agile Portfolio and Program Management – and visibility to executive management of all critical initiatives.
  5. Power simulation via the unique Board Playback feature: Teams can watch their “Kanban Movie” and see in real time how their board and workflow performed over the last week/month/quarter or any review time period. Enables them to observe patterns, identify bottlenecks, sources of rework and resource loading. And helps them identify specific improvement opportunities.

Overview of SwiftKanban Features

  • Four levels of Board Zoom to provide full/detailed board view
  • Aging view to show Cards not worked on recently
  • Board Playback to help Retrospectives identify patterns
  • Board/Card hierarchy for portfolio management
  • Card traceability/dependency
  • Convert cards from one type to another
  • Default/customizable Task List per card-type
  • Document attachments
  • Excel import/export
  • Extensive Scrum/Scrumban support
  • Integration to JIRA, TFS, Git and 35+ other tools
  • Move cards across lanes or boards
  • Powerful Board and Application configuration
  • Powerful filter to help Daily Standups/other interactions
  • Scrum, Kanban and other management metrics and reports
  • Smart Lanes to map multiple workflows using card attributes
  • Tagging to facilitate Easy Tracking of key trends
  • Visual Kanban Board and Backlog Boards

What Problems Will SwiftKanban Solve?

  1. Lack of Visibility and Stagnant/Declining Productivity

Unlike in manufacturing organizations, where Work-in-Progress (WIP) is visible, the current inventory and open or unutilized manufacturing capacity is easily visible, in knowledge organizations, which depend on its people to deliver their products and services, this is not so easy.

Work-in-Progress in these organizations is lying in computers, cloud-based servers and in people’s minds. Management is unable to determine what the teams are doing exactly and traditional management tools, such as project management and other workflow management tools, have been ineffective in helping them understand that.

SwiftKanban helps organizations and teams visualize their workflow and work on a Visual Kanban Board.  The workflow or value stream through which work must flow to be completed is visualized on the Kanban board, using SwiftKanban’s powerful SmartLanes capability. SwiftKanban’s SmartLanes allow for pretty much any knowledge process to be modeled effectively, whether it is a product/application development process, a DevOps workflow, an IT Helpdesk process, an HR recruitment process or an advertising campaign process! Work is visualized as Kanban cards of different colors to identify different work-type of classes of service or priority, as needed.

Once work is visualized and managed on the Kanban board, SwiftKanban provides many visual and insightful features to help manage and optimize the flow of work (using WIP Limits), visualize problems/ bottlenecks (highlighting WIP Limit violations, blocked or flagged work items), work that is being ignored or forgotten (waiting or aging work items) and make sure that there is smooth and optimized workflow through the system.

As teams start to use the Kanban board and process effectively, SwiftKanban provides very useful analytics and animation to help them understand how their process can be improved, their delivery cycle times reduced, their Throughput or Velocity increased, as also the overall value and quality delivered to their customer. It helps them forecast with confidence how much they can deliver by when, and provide management and customers great visualization of the team’s performance and commitments.

  1. Portfolio Management: Aligning Projects and Teams to Strategic Initiatives

A big challenge for executive management in any organization is to define and propagate corporate initiatives of strategic importance and then make sure that all organizational activity and projects are aligned to one or more of those initiatives. Traditional portfolio management solutions have proven to be very complex to use and ineffective in this key requirement.

SwiftKanban’s Hierarchical Board/Card design capabilities and other functions provide a great visual method for modeling corporate portfolios of strategic initiatives, programs and projects/ops using a set of linked hierarchical boards to manage this task in an intuitive, visual, easy to setup manner.

SwiftKanban’s Portfolio Kanban features provide an easy way for Program and Portfolio managers to track progress of lower level projects and tasks at the higher program and portfolio level. As lower level work gets completed, management gets a visual feedback at the program/portfolio level and can easily drill down to see the details of the work completed. An unlimited level of board hierarchy ensures that this is available to the top management or customers as needed, without burdening lower level managers and teams with any data entry and management overhead.

  1. Challenges of Missing Deadlines and Undelivered Scope by Agile Teams

The Agile manifesto and methodology came about to solve a crucial problem: that of scope, time and cost overruns of traditionally managed (Waterfall!) projects for product/software development. However, over time, Agile (Scrum) teams have inherited some of the very same problems they had wanted to solve! Key amongst them are the challenges of missed Sprint/Iteration commitments on scope and time; incomplete work (split user stories); and understanding and working with the new roles and responsibilities.

Kanban’s evolutionary approach to organizational improvement and SwiftKanban’s Scrumban features help Scrum/Agile teams to visualize their existing processes, highlight current issues and bottlenecks and gradually evolve to a process and cadence that works better for their team and their organization.  SwiftKanban’s support for all of the Agile team’s processes and Release and Sprint planning, tracking progress via Burndown and Velocity charts as well as managing each Sprint and Release visually on the Kanban board gives the Agile teams a powerful set of familiar and new tools to deliver their work in a much more predictable and visual manner.

Over time, they can evolve to a more Kanban-ish approach that allows them to deliver working code more continuously to production environment while keeping stakeholders completely aware of commitments made and status of work.

  1. Implementing a DevOps Culture

In recent years, testing, code management and deployment automation technologies have made it possible for software and IT teams to evolve to a continuous delivery environment where they can release new features, enhancements and bug-fixes far more rapidly and on-demand to their customers and business users. This has resulted in the rise of DevOps as a new and revolutionary way for Development teams to manage Ops related activities while providing both Dev and Ops teams much greater visibility into each other’s work. In many instance, it has resulted in a common team that manages the entire workflow from software development to its deployment on production. However, organizations and teams have struggled to understand and implement a DevOps culture effectively.

SwiftKanban provides a perfect management tool for implementing the DevOps processes and drive organizational change. SwiftKanban enables mapping as simple or as sophisticated workflow from Development to Test Automation, Build/Integration and Deployment on a unified Kanban board that helps all team members track the status of work from dev all the way to deployment at a delivery cadence that works for the team and for the business overall.

This has huge business benefits, especially on organizational productivity. Team members upstream (Business Analysts/Dev/Test teams) have full knowledge of deployment activity and any issues/ defects being reported from the field. Downstream functions and Ops/IT Helpdesk know the exact status of new patches/releases or specific bug-fixes and can keep customers/business users apprised of changes in production systems. Overall, teams are able to collaborate better, deploy more continuously and improve their SLA performance significantly!

SwiftKanban helps organizations achieve their DevOps goals far more effectively.

SwiftKanban Position In Our Categories

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How Much Does SwiftKanban Cost?

SwiftKanban Pricing Plans:

SwiftKanban offers three plans:

Team: Free for two years

  • 10 users
  • 10 boards
  • Basic metrics
  • 5 card types
  • Standard templates

Group: $7 per user per month paid annually

  • Everything in Team, plus
  • 50 users, 20 boards
  • Up to 10 custom card types
  • Custom templates
  • Advanced reports
  • Scrumban features
  • Teams
  • Data import/export

Enterprise: $15 per user per month paid annually

  • Everything in Group, plus
  • Unlimited users
  • Unlimited boards
  • Unlimited card types
  • Dashboards
  • Exhaustive analytics
  • API access
  • Enterprise boards
  • Card hierarchy
  • SwiftSync adaptors (paid add-on)

User Satisfaction

We realize that when you make a decision to buy Project Management Software it’s important not only to see how experts evaluate it in their reviews, but also to find out if the real people and companies that buy it are actually satisfied with the product. That’s why we’ve created our behavior-based Customer Satisfaction Algorithm™ that gathers customer reviews, comments and SwiftKanban reviews across a wide range of social media sites. The data is then presented in an easy to digest form showing how many people had positive and negative experience with SwiftKanban. With that information at hand you should be equipped to make an informed buying decision that you won’t regret.

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Technical details

Devices Supported
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Android
  • iPhone/iPad
  • Mac
  • Web-based
  • Windows Mobile
Language Support
  • USA
  • UK
  • Canada
  • International
  • China
  • Germany
  • India
  • Japan
Pricing Model
  • Annual Subscription
Customer Types
  • Small Business
  • Large Enterprises
  • Medium Business
  • Freelancers
Deployment
  • Cloud Hosted
  • On Premise

What Support Does This Vendor Offer?

  • EMAIL
  • PHONE NO.
  • LIVE SUPPORT
  • TRAINING
  • TICKETS

What are SwiftKanban pricing details?

SwiftKanban Pricing Plans:

SwiftKanban offers three plans:

Team: Free for two years

  • 10 users
  • 10 boards
  • Basic metrics
  • 5 card types
  • Standard templates

Group: $7 per user per month paid annually

  • Everything in Team, plus
  • 50 users, 20 boards
  • Up to 10 custom card types
  • Custom templates
  • Advanced reports
  • Scrumban features
  • Teams
  • Data import/export

Enterprise: $15 per user per month paid annually

  • Everything in Group, plus
  • Unlimited users
  • Unlimited boards
  • Unlimited card types
  • Dashboards
  • Exhaustive analytics
  • API access
  • Enterprise boards
  • Card hierarchy
  • SwiftSync adaptors (paid add-on)

What integrations are available for SwiftKanban?

SwiftKanban integrates with over 35 tools through its SwiftSync integration bus technology. Some of the key tools it integrates with include JIRA, Microsoft TFS, IBM Rational, Git, Subversion, Remedy, Salesforce and others. A full list is available on the product’s website.

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Jim Pappas

Published 2 years ago

We’ve been using SwiftKanban for over a year in my organization. We are an IT organization and we use SwiftKanban for both Dev and Ops side of the organization.

We evaluated 5 different tools when we started on our Kanban journey. We finally settled on SwiftKanban because of its following benefits –

1. Powerful metrics and reports – we found SwiftKanban to have the best metrics that we wanted to use as part of our Kanban implementation. Not only did they have the best set of basic Kanban metrics such as the CFD, Cycle Time and Throughput charts – but also other great charts such as the Cycle Time Distribution, Control Chart and Blocking Analysis. They have now added even more metrics – including Flow Efficiency and the Adjacency Matrix – which we love!

2. Several features to support the Daily Standup, the Weekly Replenishment and our Monthly Retrospective meetings. These features include Card Aging, The “What Changed” feature, and the Calendar views – besides of course the Board Playback that allows us to see how our board played out for any review period!

3. Card Hierarchy – they have the most flexible card hierarchy feature that allows us to model intra- and inter-board hierarchy for different types of boards. We have set up program and application/ project level boards for this. Great representation of the hierarchy as well as rollup of progress information.

4. Excel Import/ Export – This took some time to get used to – but we truly appreciate the capability here – helped us move data in initially – as well as help us move data between apps. We are now looking to buy SwiftSync for real-time integration with JIRA and TFS that we use.

4. Overall power of configuration and yet the ease of use. While there is a lot of horsepower to the tool, it is still reasonably easy to set up and use. Their SmartLanes swim-lanes capability is the best I have seen across any Kanban tools.

On the cons – it can be a bit overwhelming at the start – since there is so much to the tool – they could do better with some better initial user help and videos. But they have outstanding support and hand-holding – and a great response time on support – that really helped us in the initial weeks of usage of SwiftKanban.

Overall, I strongly recommend this tool as one of the – if not THE – best enterprise Kanban tools.

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