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Leantime is the project management tool for entrepreneurs

(ENTREPRENEUR NEWS) The idea is simple: Leantime is designed to be used as a project management system that moves your idea into a growing business.

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We all know the old adage, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” New project management system, Leantime, fits this mold with the slogan, “Build it right from the start”.

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The idea is simple: Leantime is designed to be used as a project management system that moves your idea into a growing business. The website tool is currently in beta, and is described by developers as:

What is Leantime?

“Leantime is a Lean based project management system; taking the functional approaches of Lean Canvas and agile project management and housing them into one system to create a cohesive team and project management environment. The system includes: Lean Canvas, Kanban board, time and To-Do management, and leads tracker.

While our initial customers are startups and small teams, we recognize that Lean is not limited to startups.

Companies often struggle to implement Lean into their knowledge work because it can be limited in its standardization. We aren’t looking for standardization of our projects, we’re looking for the iterative process that allows us to Plan, Do, Check and Act.”

For every part of the team

Leantime is geared towards multiple demographics, including: innovators, data nerds, team heroes, and learners.

For the innovators, odds of start up success are increased with the Lean canvas and strong project management.

For data nerds, team work is able to be simplified through streamlining processes and housing all statistics in one place.

Team heroes are able to develop strong and agile coding practices by running projects and assigning tasks to specific team members.

Finally, the learners can thrive by utilizing Leantime’s team of advisors and consultants who are available to answer questions.

Keeping it lean

The template has a clean and simple look, hence the term “lean”, and strives to help your business plan come to life.

By using Leantime, a user is able to manage, plan, build, and test product development in one place.

Among the easy-to-use interface, Leantime offers a Lean canvas, Kanban boards for team development, time tracking, custom sub-domain and logos, leads, and strong codes. Through utilization of these components, team members are able to stay in contact with one another through their desktop or mobile device.

Leantime in beta sign-up is currently available.

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Taylor is a Staff Writer at The American Genius and has a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Illinois State University. She is currently pursuing freelance writing and hopes to one day write for film and television.

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  1. Tom Hussey

    August 10, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Looks very interesting. Maybe include a link in the post for people wanting to try out the beta?

    • Lani Rosales

      August 10, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Good call, Tom – updated!! #goodeye

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