4 Kyber Alternatives: Broken Down by Use Case

In this post, we look at 4 Kyber alternatives, broken down into two categories.

  • A free Kyber alternative for running daily standups, retrospectives, and polls.
  • Kyber alternatives that help with project management.

Free Kyber Alternative for Daily Standups, Retrospectives, and Polls

1. Geekbot

Geekbot is an asynchronous meeting tool that works with both Slack and Microsoft Teams (unlike Kyber, which only works with Slack). It’s free for teams of 10 or fewer users (and for larger teams, pricing starts as low as $2.50 per user per month).

With Geekbot, you can:

  • Hold fast and non-disruptive meetings. Most of our customers use Geekbot for their daily standups, but you can also run retrospectives, send out surveys/polls, and so on.
  • Schedule one-off meetings or recurring meetings. You can customize the meeting occurrence to fit your needs. This includes holding a one-off meeting or scheduling a meeting to happen every day, every other day, weekly, bi-weekly, etc.
  • Factor in everyone’s local timezone. Geekbot can automatically factor in everyone’s local timezone, making it perfect for geographically dispersed remote teams.

Here’s a quick rundown of what it looks like to run a daily standup in Geekbot.

FYI: We don’t cover all the ways you can customize a meeting in Geekbot, which you can learn more about .

First, your daily standup questions go out to your team as a direct message.

Geekbot's Daily Standup Questions: "What did you do since yesterday?" and "What will you do today?" and "Anything blocking your progress?"

Each team member responds to the questions when it’s convenient for them, and their answers are shared in a public or private Slack channel of your choosing.

Daily Status Updates from team members with Geekbot in Slack

Here, your team can quickly skim through each other’s responses. For example, if they see a response that needs their attention, they can create a thread or reach out to that person individually.

Threaded responses in Geekbot

With this format, your meetings are quick to fill out and non-disruptive to your team. They’re also hyper-focused on what’s relevant, cutting out the possibility of side conversations or long tangents.

What Customers Like about Geekbot

Below, we list just a few reviews from G2 and Capterra that highlight what customers like about using Geekbot.

Geekbot’s Local Time Zone Feature

Marie V. wrote, “Our company works with people from Europe, the US, South America, and New Zealand… without [Geekbot] our standups would be a mess.”

Marie V's review of Geekbot: "Super easy to use and quick to setup!"

Geekbot’s Easy-to-Use Interface

Alex B. wrote, “[Geekbot’s] interface is incredibly easy to use and the onboarding/setup was super clean. . .[Compared to the competition] Geekbot has a far better UI/UX and reporting process.”

Alex B's Geekbot review: "A less intrusive team check-in for remote teams that's easy to use"

Geekbot’s Customizability

One reviewer commented on “how customizable [Geekbot is] and how personalized it feels.”

A Verified Geekbot review: "Great tool for our fully remote team"

Here are a few more articles where you can learn about other Geekbot features:

Kyber Alternatives for Project Management

You might want a Kyber alternative to help you with project management instead of running meetings.

Below, we cover 3 leading project management tools. If you’re looking for more than the three we cover below, check out our 12 Best Project Management Tools post.

2. Trello

Trello homepage: Trello helps teams move work forward

Trello is a lightweight, intuitive project management tool that uses a Kanban board for organization.

Your team can create different boards, lists, and cards. Plus, you can use the easy-to-learn markdown language to customize your Trello cards, such as adding bold, italics, lists, etc.

Here’s a somewhat dated (but still helpful) video on how Trello works:

Trello has a free plan, but paid plans come with more features like timeline view and workspace level templates.

3. Asana

Asana homepage: Work on big ideas, without the busywork.

You can think of Asana as a more dynamic software than Trello, especially for larger teams. Unlike Trello, which uses a Kanban-style board that can get overwhelming for some teams, Asana uses a more traditional list and timeline view to help you track projects.

Here’s a quick video on the basics of using Asana:

Like Trello, Asana has a free plan that will be sufficient for plenty of businesses while offering more advanced features in its paid plans.

4. Jira

Atlassian homepage: The #1 Software development tool used by agile teams

Jira has the most advanced functionality of any of the Kyber alternative project management tools on our list. Like Geekbot, it’s geared towards Scrum teams and development teams.

Jira has a free plan that is great for teams with 10 or fewer users. Otherwise, you’ll want to look at Jira’s paid plans, which start at $7.50 per user per month.

Learn more about project management with these resources:

Frequently asked questions

Can You Use Slack for Standups?

Yes. Geekbot (our tool) lets you run standup meetings in Slack. It integrates seamlessly, and we offer both a free and paid plan.

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