Planview LeanKit: An in-depth and powerful approach to Kanban

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Planview LeanKit is a complex enterprise Kanban platform that allows teams to visualise and plan while following a framework like DevOps, SAFe or ITSM. As a standalone product, many users may find this somewhat limited and overly complex. But it hits a particular need very well, and it can extend into other platforms that need granular level detail. However, you will get the best benefit if you are already a Planview customer, where you can leverage Planview Sync. Or can integrate a tool with Zapier into your board in LeanKit. Have a look at the Total Software Info review and see if Planview LeanKit is the enterprise Kanban solution for you!
  • Kanban is a popular view
  • Level of detail on cards very indepth
  • Smart use of API to connect data
  • Built in trending Agile and ITSM frameworks, namely SAFe, DevOps, Change and Incident Management
  • Overly complex for average users
  • No mobile app
  • Most likely need other applications to extend full functionality

Planview LeanKit Quick Info


Yes Free

Mobile platforms supported:

Free Trial Supported:

What is Planview LeanKit?

The enterprise Kanban platform with a Lean approach!

Planview Leankit is a powerful Kanban visualisation tool that allows you to create a very in-depth and complex workflow. Leveraging the Planview platform, LeanKit.

Users that have seen tools like Trello understand how boards and Kanban are such a connecting way to manage the flow.

With LeanKit you can focus on your objectives and key results.

So how does it work?

Well once you get into the platform, you can set up Kanban boards. The Templates area is a great place to start, and it has a strong level of IT Operation and ITSM boards, as well as SAFe.

You can use unlimited boards.

You board contains lanes and cards. Lanes are like sections or work areas where particular tasks are worked on. There is no scope to how large a lane is.
Cards represent a body of work. Cards can contain multiple tasks. On other systems we use, this is typically referred to as task and subtask.

Going an even great step further in process depth, cards can have parent and child cards. This is where the body of work morphs and then produces multiple areas. Cards also have various card types. So for example you may have a card that is type Business Feature. Tasks are set up to explore the feature. Then a risk occurs, a child card can be set up as a Risk/Issue and then this card could have teams work through and potentially multiple tasks.

So you can see that the use of DevOps, Agile, ITSM and other strong process frameworks are key in utilising LeanKIt. This emphasises a strong approach to key IT and enterprise frameworks.

The API is very comprehensive and allows you to connect data sources to your boards, this is great if your data set requires strong use of Kanban but doesn’t support natively. You are also able to integrate Zapier, and if you are a Planview customer Planview Sync. These integrations allow other tools to populate cards and boards within your account. This is a useful option, for say DevOps where your board has a delivery lane that receives new requests.

It is very apparent however that, there is a level of over complexity here that other tools avoid deliberately. We see this as a key point to make, as LeanKit to us is a tool for a very specific type of complex customer. It could be that you are using other Planview platform applications and you want LeanKit to manage the workflow.

We also notice that the interface is a little dated seeming compared to tools like Asana and Wrike. However, the depth of LeanKit is vastly different. When we say dated, it reminds us of system design software used in courses back in 2001, when computers

With a complex and powerful Kanban engine, following strict process framework approaches. LeanKit is a powerful tool for the right customer, but overly complex for others.

Have a look at the in-depth Total Software Info that we have compiled for LeanKit, and see if this relates to you in your complex environment or if you will be better suited to a simpler tool!

Planview LeanKit Best Features

Planview LeanKit Best For

What do the team here at Total Software Info think are the best use cases for Planview LeanKit.

Planview LeanKit Best Features:

Planview LeanKit Best Industries:

Planview LeanKit Tools Features

Here are what we think are the most popular key features for Planview LeanKit

Planview LeanKit Pricing Info

Planview LeanKit Package Pricing Based on License Types, Currencies, Duration:

After researching and looking at the price structure for Planview LeanKit we can provide the current up to date pricing and contract information in 2022.

License types and prices:

Currencies available:
Can Planview LeanKit have a range of licenses?
Planview LeanKit off a simple single pricing structure.

There is a set price in Planview LeanKit. You add users to your account from $20 a user per month, billed annually. Or $25 a user per month, billed monhtly.
Even if you get 1000 users, it's the same per user price.
Does Planview LeanKit have a trial?
Status: Free Trial
Trial duration: 30 days
Are you interested in a trial forClick here to try Planview LeanKit.
Contract duration

We find it is important to know how long the contract options are,
this helps with financial planning when procuring software.

The current contract duration
options for Planview LeanKit are:
1 Month, 1 Year

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Specification: Planview LeanKit: An in-depth and powerful approach to Kanban

Has a market place

Creation of new objects

Customization of fields

Creation of new workflow

Dashboard customisation

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Reporting customisation

API Authentication method

API protocol

API supported

Free / Paid

User Management
Custom Profile Available

Identity platform supported


Profiles available

Data encryption


Single Sign On


Duration of contracts


Supports license mix

Trial duration


Solution Delivery
Browser compatibility

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Data centre location

Delivered as

Language supported



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Communication Encryption


Security and Privacy

Free version available

Offers a Free Trial

Customer Type


Native Integration



Modify User Interface

App Replicates Customisation

Coding Capability

Native Reporting Available

Head Quarter Country

Service Type

Has a partner network

Planview LeanKit Company Overview


Company NamePlanview, Inc.
Year Founded:2017
Stock MarketPrivate
Revenue Year2022
Number of Employees900
Office Locations
Key PeopleAlisa Banks Snyder, Director, Customer Marketing, Planview,

Planview LeanKit Frequently Asked Questions

The most popular type of customers that Planview LeanKit currently have cover the following:
Customer Type:
SMS and Mid Market Enterprise

Industry Type:
Information Technology Banking Professional Services

Planview LeanKit has the following user interface customizations:
LeanKit seems to be standard Kanban boards. You can alter and move the cards around.
There is the board layout editor that allows you to move content around on the board to display different lanes and cards. Everything stays within the LeanKit interface.

Planview LeanKit has the following workflow customizations:
With Kanban boards in LeanKit, this allows you to visualise how processes flow. So the nature of the tool is all about workflow visualisation!

As new cards get adding to boards, they can be moved around to fit within the workflow.
You can automate the addition of cards by connecting an integration to other work tools, or sending emails to the board default Drop Lane email address. This will add card, card description and even card attachments into the Drop Lane. From there the card can be put into the lane workflow.
Planview LeanKit has the following report customizations:
You can view all the report content via the Board Analytics menu that is present within each board. From here there are a series of reports that can be viewed.

Does Planview LeanKit support creation of new objects:
No new objects can be created.

Popular integrations for Planview LeanKit are:

Planview LeanKit has the following native integrations available:
Zapier -Helps you focus on your most important work by helping on moving information and data between web apps automatically and connect with more apps.
Slack - Help users stay in touch with your team instantly. Can also stay on discussion without leaving your channel.
Microsoft Excel
Google Sheets

Platform integrations supported are:
Google Sheet

Below we have our info of API options for Planview LeanKit

API Auth Methods:
OAuth2|API Key|Access Token

API Objects Accessible:The API is well documented for LeanKit.

The following endpoints are supported:

Board Filter
Board Level
Board Template
Card Type
Custom Field
Custom Icon
Token Auth
User Invitation
API Cost:Free/Part of Existing Subscription
API Version:1
You can also have a good read of theAPI Documentation Here

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