Announcing the Launch of iKan, the Personal Kanban iPhone App

Jim BensonApplications, Featured, Primers20 Comments

A basic Personal Kanban on the iPhone or iPod Touch

You asked for it, and we listened. Today we are proud to announce the launch of the first Personal Kanban iPhone app, iKan.

When we set out to build it, we decided to focus on a few key things:

1. Small Screen Many Tasks –  We wanted to make the best use of the screen real estate on the iPhone, so we built the app vertically.

2. KISS – We wanted the initial release to be extremely basic. In future updates we will respond to YOUR needs, and additional features will be based on YOUR input. So please keep us posted as to the direction you’d like to see iKan take. We already have a long list of upgrades in our pipeline, but are primarily interested in how you are actually using the app.

3. Use Your Data In the first version, we have   had importation from Zen.  (Zen, unfortunately, never let you write data back from the API. In one of their updates, the import also ceased to function.).

4. Start with Basics then Build to Suit – Each iKan starts with an entry-level Personal Kanban value stream with Ready / Doing / Done sections. You can however, create your own column headings and set your own WIP limits.

In the coming weeks, we’ll have a series of short tutorial videos for iKan – so stay tuned!

Special thanks to Jeremy Lightsmith, Gary Bernhardt and Corey Ladas who were all vital in making iKan a reality.

Get your copy of iKan at the iTunes Store.

NOTE: If you want to help create an Android app, talk to us!

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Jim BensonAnnouncing the Launch of iKan, the Personal Kanban iPhone App

20 Comments on “Announcing the Launch of iKan, the Personal Kanban iPhone App”

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  2. Hans Baggesen

    Nice app… It brings what I longed for in the Pomodoro app’s I tried – Lanes and multiple Kanban’s. But now I don’t have the Pomodoro timer (Some addictions are hard to kill) – nor do the app bring cycle time to the table (some might argue that cycle time is a over kill on a personal Kanban and I might agree 🙂 ) .
    So I guess I’m stuck with the old wall and the manual timer for a while to come :S – sigh
    BTW I promised my self to recommend this book on both Personal Kanban and Pomodoro, the next time I hit a Kanban/Pomodoro site.. This book so be a nice read for both the senior kanban~hansei person and the novice.
    Pomodoro Technique Illustrated: The Easy Way to Do More in Less Time by Staffan Nöteberg

    1. Jim Sutton

      Spot on. I’m using iKan and PomodoroPro on my iPhone. Switching back and forth is cumbersome. Would love to see a similar Pomodoro capability integrated into iKan!

      1. Jim Sutton

        I would also love to see the same simple iKan tool ported to the PC, with ability to sync to the iPhone. Then could move back and forth fluidly as the day proceeded. Good job on the tool!

  3. chris

    This app hasn’t been updated since before the release of iPhone 4. Any chance of it being updated to work with the Retina display? Also, iTunes mentions importing from more web-based productivity tools. Will Evernote will be one of them?

  4. Jeremy

    Apps great. Suggestion – When I try and click the + button to add a new app its very close to the move tab on the first task. Its easy to accidentily touch one when you want to touch the other. Also would be great if you could swipe to bring up the delete task button. Much quicker than having to enter into the task to delete.

  5. Jeremy

    1. Make a bigger gap between plus button to add a task and tasks below as its easy to accidentily hit the + button when trying to move the top task

    2. Add swipe to delete a task

    Overall great app

  6. Richard Askew

    Nice app. I started using it today. It’s straight-forward and very intuitive. My wish list of upgrades would be:
    1. A reusable template for creating lanes that can be implemented across all projects. E.g., if I create my own lanes for a project (eg: To Do, This Week, Today, Now and Done), I would like it to reuse those headings in any new project that I create without reentering them.
    2. Due date fucntionality

    Great job!
    Richard Askew

  7. William

    I’d definitely buy an Android copy. Up to $5 for something adequate, up to $10 for something stellar.

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  10. Mike Burrows (@asplake)

    Downloaded iKan yesterday and having fun with it. A few questions though:
    1) Is there a better place than here to ask questions?
    2) Is it possible to move streams around or to add streams other than at the end?
    3) Does the data get backed up when you sync and is the format open to manipulation?

  11. David Koontz

    Suggestions for the to do list:

    Edit Project : Lanes – allow lanes to be reordered via drag & drop (much like a task may be in other view) so that I don’t have to delete all lanes to add a new initial lane to the board.

    Edit Card – “done” button has no purpose – just dismisses the keyboard – why? Save button is the functionality.

    Import from Agile Zen only brought into iKan the project title – OUCH – all that typing of the API key in hex I could have easily have typed in the project title. If the intent was to just import the project title and not the content please don’t create features that waste my time.

    Keep it up – an you may have a useful app.

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