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3 Apps All Agilists Should Have on Their iPhones

So your company has decided you’re going to use Agile on your next project or product, they need someone to lead the pilot team, and you’ve been nominated for the job. It’s time to really step up your game. Time to set your iPhone settings to Agilist. Here are three apps you should download to help you get there. I’ve been using the LeanKit and Pomodoro for several years now and they just get better and better. I’d do a write up for Android phones but I’ve never seen a list that didn’t have a little controversy.


1. LeanKit

leankitLeanKit supports the implementation of Lean principles, practices, and work methodologies across all business functions, to help organizations create an environment of continuous improvement and innovation to deliver customer value, faster. By visualizing your work as it flows through your process, LeanKit provides a big-picture understanding of the work that helps teams work together more effectively.  I’ve been using LeanKit for years for both private (Personal Kanban) applications and professional (portfolio management, help desk,…)

2. Pomodoro

pomodoro-proPomodoro Time is a powerful personal productivity tool incorporating the principles of the Pomodoro Technique. Create tasks, configure breaks and track your progress throughout the day, week or custom period. I set the timer for 25 minutes. After the 25 minutes, and I set the timer to take a 5 minute break. I can guarantee I’m more productive by taking two 5 minute breaks each hour. Combined, LeanKit and Pomodoro are my one-two punch to keep ADD in check and my day moving forward.

3. Slack

slackOver the years, I’ve used a lot of IM and persistant message tools. Hands down, Slack offers the lowest friction of use. All your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. – It’s real time messaging, file sharing, supporting one-to-one and group conversations – Powerful search and archiving, meaning no one is ever left out of the loop.


About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of Enterprise Engagements at LeadingAgile. I'm super focused on results. But I also take the hand waving out of organizational transformations. I come from a traditional PM background but I don't give points for stuff done behind the scenes. The only thing that counts is what you get done and delivered. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon)

5 Responses to “3 Apps All Agilists Should Have on Their iPhones”

  1. February 8, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Well, two out of three ain’t bad. I’d add Trello to the list too.

    • February 8, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      I will admit, I really struggle with Trello. I’ve tried to mix it up and try other Kanban boards, just so I’m not too dependent on the tool. I always come home to LeanKit.

  2. February 10, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Same here two out of three. Troll instead on LeanKit on my phone as well 🙂

  3. Sameer Bendre
    February 12, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Nice post Derek. I experimented with many tools for Pomodoro and settled with “30/30” Task manager (link here)

    I use Leankit for my personal and professional work tracking and recently started on Slack and already started collaborating with teams and clients.

    • February 12, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Love it! Also, thanks for adding the links.

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