What Is Shortcut?

Shortcut is a fast, uncluttered project management platform for Agile software teams to plan, build, and launch better products. It combines just the right amount of simplicity and structure to keep software teams happy and productive. Shortcut is designed for developers and features a robust set of popular integrations (GitHub, GitLab, Slack, and more) and a well-crafted API to automate workflows. Free for teams up to 10 users.

Who Uses Shortcut?

Shortcut is ideal for mid-sized Agile software teams who are looking for a Kanban-style project management tool that has enterprise-grade features, but is simple to configure and use.

Where can Shortcut be deployed?

Cloud-based
On-premise

About the vendor

  • Shortcut
  • Located in New York, US
  • Founded in 2015

Shortcut support

  • 24/7 (Live rep)
  • Chat

Countries available

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada and 30 others

Languages

English

Shortcut pricing

Starting Price:

US$10.00/month
  • Yes, has free trial
  • Yes, has free version

Shortcut has a free version and offers a free trial. Shortcut paid version starts at US$10.00/month.

Pricing plans get a free trial

About the vendor

  • Shortcut
  • Located in New York, US
  • Founded in 2015

Shortcut support

  • 24/7 (Live rep)
  • Chat

Countries available

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada and 30 others

Languages

English

Shortcut videos and images

Shortcut Software - Fast and intuitive UI
Shortcut Software - Easy to use kanban boards
Shortcut Software - Projects & teams
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Shortcut Software - Fast and intuitive UI
Shortcut Software - Easy to use kanban boards
Shortcut Software - Projects & teams
Shortcut Software - Bug reporting

Features of Shortcut

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assignment Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Backlog Management
  • Bug/Issue Capture
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Create Subtasks
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard Software
  • Email-to-Task Conversion
  • File Sharing Software
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Idea Management Software
  • Import Tasks
  • Issue Auditing
  • Kanban Board
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Portfolio Management
  • Prioritization
  • Product Lifecycle Management Software
  • Product Roadmapping
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Tracking Software
  • Recurring Tasks
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Requirements Management Software
  • Resource Management Software
  • Search/Filter
  • Sprint Planning
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Editing/Updating
  • Task Management Software
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Task Tagging
  • Template Management
  • Ticket Management
  • Time Tracking Software
  • Visualization
  • Workflow Management Software

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Reviews of Shortcut

Average score

Overall
4.6
Ease of Use
4.4
Customer Service
4.6
Features
4.4
Value for Money
4.6

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

Find reviews by score

5
64%
4
31%
3
4%
2
0%
Cindy
Product Manager in Australia
Financial Services Software, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Simple to use and provides enough features to run and manage sprints for a small team

4.0 3 weeks ago New

Pros:

- Simple to learn and navigate so the team could quickly start using the product after switching- Love the dark mode and the colour coding of different story types i.e bug, feature or chore so it's easy to see things at the high level- Easy to create sprints and I like the summaries provided on the story points

Cons:

- You can only write stories in markdown text. Not a big issue since I've become really good at it! But it'd be good if there was a text editor instead- Sometimes when I create a story and I accidentally click out of it, I lose the progress. It'd be good if they had a draft functionality where the stories get created as a draft straight away

Alternatives Considered: Jira

Reasons for Choosing Shortcut: We needed something that was more focused on sprint management

Switched From: Notion

Reasons for Switching to Shortcut: JIRA has a quite suite of features however it was too complex for what we were looking for. We need something to track our sprints and features and shortcut was perfect for that.

Lee-ann
Director of Business Systems in US
Marketing & Advertising, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Shortcut (previously Clubhouse) has been a great improvement for us.

5.0 last year

Comments: Overall our experience has been great. Less has been falling through the cracks, and we're able to actively manage & prioritize our development with ease. The application is enjoyed by both the development team & the management team, so everyone is benefitting from our switch to Shortcut.

Pros:

1. The app is very easy to configure & set up. 2. The user experience is seamless & functionality is very self-explanatory. 3. There are multiple ways to configure each component, so you can set up the app according to what works best for you & your company. (No "one size fits all" model.) 4. The ability to set up different workflows for different departments has been a huge help for us.

Cons:

1. It's a little hard to envision how each of the components should be set up for your organization when you're first getting in there (i.e., projects, workflows, milestones, epics, stories), so we ended up changing the setup as we went along after the initial configuration. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing, as it allowed us to improve the way we currently did things. 2. The biggest issue we have now, after using the app for a while, is that stories do not populate into the Gantt charts, only epics. This means if we have one-off tasks that are added as stories, those do not pull into the report we'd like. For that reason, we have to set up an entire epic just to set up a single story, for reporting purposes. I think it would be great if you had the option to pull the Gantt reports at the epic or story-level.

Freddie
Product Manager in US
Financial Services Software, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Shortcut is a great tool for small companies!

4.0 last year

Pros:

Many of the features of this software are useful to our company. Our team has come to heavily rely on the roadmap view and reporting tools. These features have kept our company on track and increased our velocity in immeasurable ways.

Cons:

A few of the features our team feels are missing from Shortcut are custom fields and release management. If our team was able to have a reliable release management system, it would be very impactful to our team and customers.

Alternatives Considered: Jira

Reasons for Choosing Shortcut: This software simplified the product management pipeline and offered the best toolsets for our light touch pipeline.

Switched From: Jira and monday.com

Josh
Engineering Director in US
Computer Software, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Took of our Trade

5.0 last year

Comments: One spot for all teams to work together for client success is always going to be a win for a team.

Pros:

Shortcut does a great job allowing us to manage all facets of our product and being multiple teams together for what is most important, client and end user satisfaction. It follows standard agile flow but allows flexibility where engineers and non-engineers can use it alike. We also utilize their API for templates epics and stories and it is great to work with. Support team and client success managers have been a pleasure to work with when we’ve had conversations. They always are able to handle a situation or get us in touch with someone who can. Lastly the product is always evolving and they are very transparent through their website and slack channel of what is coming next to make your life better!

Cons:

Some things were less flexible such as naming conventions and required fields on stories/epics, but these are getting worked out over time (for ex projects are not required any more)

Alternatives Considered: Jira, Basecamp and ClickUp

Reasons for Choosing Shortcut: Wanted one tool with more power and better price.

Switched From: Trello and monday.com

Reasons for Switching to Shortcut: Most flexible and best bang for your buck.

Justin
Co-Founder & CXO in US
Telecommunications, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Scaled for the complexity of JIRA, but with the best UX possible & no sysadmins needed

5.0 last year

Pros:

Every org grows out of Github Issues, Trello, and Asana when they realize a) stories need relationships such as blocking/blocked; b) stories need task checklists; c) different groups have different workflows; d) stories are often mini-project briefs and need to read as such. However, once you find yourself in JIRA, which you've been told is the mature platform for mature orgs, you're operating a nuclear submarine, you need 3 sysadmins, nobody can find anything, and you want to throw your computer out the window. SC has the infrastructure but with the user-friendliness of everyday software. Think of how Mixpanel took what Omniture was doing and made it accessible to the everyday marketer. That's what Shortcut does for eng/prod teams. No sysadmin needed, everyone gets it. Their API is well-documented and incredible. We do tons with Zapier because of how much they expose. Their CS team is spectacular, inquisitive, friendly, helpful. They want their customers to succeed. They have a one-click signup link which has made our onboarding process much faster They have templated stories and checklists which we use across the org for everything from product launches through onboarding/offboarding hires.

Cons:

very few dislikes. it's amazing. if i have to force criticism: - If you work cross-departmentally, avoid multiple workflows, or you'll be having to look at multiple kanban boards daily - the "dashboard" (home) isn't as useful as it seems like it should be so we all either use iterations or stories view for our daily lens - shortcut and productboard both boast integration, but it's not great, and i think this is the fault of productboard but really these criticisms represent like 5% negative compared to 95% enthusiastic positive

Alternatives Considered: Swimlane, Jira, monday.com and Asana

Reasons for Choosing Shortcut: A friend told me that Clubhouse was effectively "JIRA but with a designer cofounder" and that's accurate.

Switched From: Trello