Projects & Tasks, how do you manage them? (2 of 4)

Author: Michael Ruck

Continuing on from a recent blog about project management solutions, I’m now going to provide some of the good and bad points about another popular project management tool that I’ve used.

Trello has been around for a while now and has recently been in the news for its financial success. Trello’s parent company “Fog Creek Software” set up the company because the tool was doing so well and they thought it needed to stand on its own as the company designed it originally to solve development processes within the company. The company was launched in 2011 and has grown to over 5 million users.

Some of the great things about trello are:
  • It can be used on practically any screen resolution as its interface is pretty different from other services as its UI is app based, not web design based
  • Real time updates, these are amazingly fast! In fact I’d go as far as to say its almost instantaneous!
  • A simple board per project is all you need and from there you can easily see all the items on one page
  • Creating issues and allocating them to team members is simple and easy
Some things that are not so hot:
  • Charts, it suffers from not having a gantt, project, bar or pie chart view
  • Boards can only have simple descriptions, you can’t have a wiki for example about each project
  • A serious lack of calendars
  • Cards/tasks are limited to just one Board/Project, sharing them just can’t be done really
  • Email integration is limited
To summarise, trello is right on par with Basecamp as both online project management programs can help speed up communication, and improve efficiency, but Trello’s very visual 3 tier organisation system means it’s a bit easier to understand.

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