About

Kitemaker help teams build better products. We're specifically helping integrated product teams collaborate closely to build products and features their users want. If you want to know what being an integrated product team means, Marty Cagan made this detailed article and John Cutler made this infographic.

What Kitemaker is

  • A collaborative product management tool built for product teams that develop features and figure out how to create value for their users.
  • A way to keep track and visualize work, but the primary purpose is to help your team be on the same page.
  • A tool that enables you to build a roadmap properly, so no more Gantt charts for roadmaps.
  • A tool that is fast and straightforward to use, letting you do everything with the keyboard (although the mouse works perfectly). We take performance very seriously, so if you ever experience hick-ups or low response times, contact us ASAP.
  • A community. As a user, you will have direct access to the product team and help us shape the roadmap and priorities. Join us on Slack, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

What Kitemaker isn't

  • An issue tracker where you assign work. We replace your issue tracker, but Kitemaker is built on a different concept
  • A tool to manage teams and measure productivity. While we love useful metrics, the primary use-case for Kitemaker is for teams to focus on building the right thing.
  • Another bloated product management tool/issue tracker/task manager. If setting up Kitemaker takes you more than 10 minutes, contact us, and we'll set you up in no time.

How it works

Kitemakers' basic building blocks are work items. You can think of work items as an initiative or a bug. Internally, we use work items for things we deliver our users, and keep individual tasks as todos in the description. That way, the board becomes an overview of your team's process.

Each work item consists mainly of a collaborative document and an activity feed. Use the document part to write down what you plan to build, why it is essential, and break it down into todos. The activity feed allows you to discuss the initiative with your team and see activities and discussions happening in Kitemaker and any tool you have set up an integration with.

We also have themes, roadmaps, labels, and a lot more coming that will make your product development a breeze.

Take the time to learn hotkeys. The users who invest a bit of time in teaching hotkeys can work very quickly and efficiently. We strive to ensure that the most commonly used actions have hotkeys that are easily accessible. You can find all of them by pressing '?', and if you see something that is missing, ping us any time.