ASM Developer Chat – Zenkit
Free online productivity tools seems to be everywhere these days. Project management, list keepers, collaboration tools… the list goes on and on. So what makes one stand apart from the rest? In the author's opinion, it's watching a team work hard to grow with the needs of the end users.
Introducing: Zenkit, an online project management tool that allows you to keep your data organized while helping you follow each step through to completion so nothing falls through the cracks. Now, we know there are other apps out there that are similar, so why should you choose Zenkit? How does it stack up to it's closest competitor, Trello? And what's in the works for the future of Zenkit? We sat down with the developers of Zenkit and got those questions answered.
Who created Zenkit and what was the vision?
Zenkit was created by our small team at Axonic, and follows the vision of our founder and CEO, Martin Welker. The vision is essentially that Zenkit should be a ‘system of record’ for you and your company. The first thing you open in the morning, and the last thing you close at night. It is a place for all of your data – your work projects, customer database, planner, and your personal collections, projects, and ideas.
What sets Zenkit apart from Trello?
Trello is a great collaboration platform. It’s simple and intuitive to use, and introduces people to the concept of project management using Kanban. However, Kanban isn’t for everyone, and sometimes Trello’s Kanban can be a little too simple to handle complex projects.
In Zenkit, Kanban is just one of 5 (and counting!) ‘views’ on your data: Kanban, table, mind map, calendar, and list. You can switch between these views effortlessly, so that you’re always using the right tool for the job. For example, assigning due dates is easier in a calendar, coming up with ideas works best in a mind map, Kanban gives you an excellent overview of project progress, etc.
Additionally, Zenkit is totally customizable. Where Trello just has a few fields to input data (and a few more if you pay for an upgrade), Zenkit allows you to create unlimited custom fields so that you track the data that matters to you. If you want to set up a project, then due dates, time & cost estimates, and responsible team members are important. On the other hand, if you’re setting up a CRM or maybe a place to track your pet’s medical history, the fields you’d need would be completely different.
If you want a feature by feature breakdown of the comparison, you can visit zenkit.com/trello
At androidsocialmedia.com we aim to be a link between developers and the end users. How likely are the developers to make changes based on what the users might request?
Very likely. This happens fairly often! For example, being able to click and drag the background of the Kanban view to scroll right and left. Then again, it’s rare that a user comes up with a suggestion that we haven’t yet thought of!
Due to the volume of requests and the often conflicting requests, we can’t grant all of them. Generally, if a request would fit into the UI seamlessly, is requested frequently, and makes sense for the app – makes it more user friendly, enhances a particular feature, or is something so wonderful we wish we’d thought of it ourselves – we’re much more likely to implement it.
What are some of the upcoming features you'd like everyone to know about?
Well, we’re currently working on a package of project management-related features, such as Gantt charts, sub-tasks, and dependencies. We’ll also be creating ‘global views’ like a global calendar and dashboard, so that users get an overview of their various teams and collections, as well as see all of their assigned tasks in one place.
So, here are my thoughts. Zenkit is a beautiful work in progress. They are continuing to develop and release updates constantly. In fact, just this week they partnered with Zapier! There is an iPhone app being developed and Android is close behind. So, don’t give up on Zenkit if it doesn’t meet your needs completely yet. Give it a little time and in the meantime leave some comments or suggestions for future development below. Let the creators know what your needs are so they can start to work on these features for you.
Now, go check out this article for a brief overview of some of Zenkit's cool features and then head on over to www.zenkit.com and setup your work space! Meanwhile, I'm going to ask the developers the MOST IMPORTANT question that I forgot to ask. What's the story behind the little alien dude that represents their page?