Just a month ago we were celebrating the fifth anniversary of Shore Labs. It was a great occasion to look into our company’s past, and contemplate on the great things we have managed to achieve during that time.
Back in 2009 we started as a small software shop, looking for it’s place on the market and dealing with inevitable chaos arising from managing many projects at the same time.
Kanban came like a fresh breeze to us. It was well before any seminars, trainings, mentors, or global Kanban movements. The article by Henrik Kniberg published by InfoQ on June 2009 has shown us, that not only we were struggling with problems when trying to apply Scrum to processes which couldn’t be effectively time-boxed. But more importantly, it also contained a solution - a Kanban method applied to Software Development.
We fell in love with Kanban. It has organized our process, helped to keep everyone in sync, and proved to be THE method around which we could organize our work and company growth. But with time physical boards were not enough. We’ve begun to look for online services for Kanban and since we couldn’t find any (remember it was 2009), we’ve decided to create our own. This is how Kanban Tool was born.
Since 2009 Kanban Tool has grown considerably, becoming our main line of business, and one of the most recognizable online services for Kanban. We are proud to have customers in over 49 countries around the globe, who depend on our service to get their work done every day. From small shops, to globally recognizable brands and government agencies. From simple ToDo-Doing-Done processes, to large manufacturing workflows where hundreds of cards are flowing each day. We have managed to do that being bootstrapped, with no external funding, and growing organically through all these years.
The new year is at the doorstep, and there are many big changes on the horizon. Among them is the completely revamped version of Kanban Tool, which we plan to release in the first half of 2015. It will bring a completely new experience and set new standards for others to follow. I’m sure you will fall in love in it, just like we did with Kanban back in 2009 - keep an eye on our kanban blog for sneak peeks and news.
So what’s our resolution for the upcoming year?
We will make 2015 BIG - the best year we had since 2009.
That is our New Year’s resolution, and we are to keep it!
Zbyszek Zemła is the founder of Shore Labs and Kanban Tool.