Quick Look: Zenkit, an alternative Product Management tool to Trello

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The idea of productivity can best be described as a tug of war for me.  What I mean by that is that I strive to be a productive person, but often get caught up in finding the most productive way to be productive–which in turn, isn’t very productive at all.  I’m an early adopter by nature, and love to try new apps, among other things.  So when I read about Zenkit, and the similarities it had with Trello, I immediately became curious.

Self described as a product management tool that grows with you, Zenkit is beautifully designed and easy to use.  So this begs the question–why switch from Trello if it has been working perfectly fine for you?  Just like with any other platform that experiences  great success, and is then purchased and made part of a larger collective–there is real concern that Trello will have one of two eventual outcomes.  Either the application will fall off the radar by its new owners and be left to gather dust–or it will evolve or morph into something very different than what it was originally designed to be.

zenkit-background-lgRegardless of your concerns, or lack thereof, Zenkit is worth a look, and here’s why–tasks can be visualized in a variety of different ways, and can switch back and forth as desired, even after the initial set-up process.

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Those familiar with Trello will feel right at home with the Kansan view, as it is the default way to view your management categories in Trello.  The creators of Zenkit know this, too, and have created an import tool and YouTube tutorial to help make the transition even easier.

Even though I have found it to be very intuative already, Zenkit has done a spectacular job of demonstrating how to navigate all the features on its website with a tutorials/guide page.  Here you will be introduced to all the basics as well as some more advanced features like Collaboration and Formula Fields as well as setting up references between collections and performing bulk actions.

Pricing starts at “Free” although there are several paying plans that offer more storage, increased collaboration and early access to new features.  In addition there are options for Educational Institutions and Nonprofit organizations as well as Enterprise.

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The only notable drawback that I have encountered in my early stages of testing, is that there isn’t a dedicated iOS app–however, one is on the way.  iPad and Mac users still have access via their browsers, but Zenkit currently will not load on mobile devices like your iPhone.




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