[Tool Review] – Trello – Uber Simple Collaboration and Task Management Tool

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As more and more tools are being released to help people personally or in software development, I’m finding that some of the most fun tools to use are those that are not only simple, but aesthetically pleasing to use as well – Having JUST the right amount of neat features that don’t get in the way.

[Enter]: TrelloUBER Simple Collaboration and Task Management

After you sign up, jump right on in. The first board you’ll see is a walk-through board. Every single task on the board tells you some of the things you can do with Trello. I found this feature to be really helpful. No need to click through another walk-through of all the features. They are all right there!

And that’s pretty much all you need to know:

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Summary? Well you have 3 things…

Boards

A board is a just a collection of lists (and lists hold the cards). You’ll probably want a board for each project you’re working on. You can add and start using a new board in seconds. You can glance at a board and get a handle on the status of any project.

Lists

Lists can be just simple lists, but they are most powerful when they represent a stage in a process. Simply drag your lists into place to represent your workflow. Move a card from one list to the next to show your progress.

Cards

Cards are tasks. You make a card to track something you or your team needs to get done. You can add attachments, embed video, assign users, add due dates, make checklists, or you can just add your card to a board with no fuss and no overhead, and know exactly what work needs to get done.

And there you go. See the video below for more fun stuff you can do with this app!

5 Responses to “[Tool Review] – Trello – Uber Simple Collaboration and Task Management Tool”

  1. Ilan Goldstein
    October 19, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    I’ve been playing around with Trello and so far so good. I like that the ‘cards’ are heavily influenced by story cards in Scrum, where the front of the card only has space for and looks best when short descriptions are used, while the back of the card has all the extra details.

    I agree that the very first time you use the it, the walk through board does a good job of educating you on the use of Trello. It forces you to start playing with it, even if it’s just to clear out the ‘help cards’ to make space for your own.

    • peter
      October 19, 2011 at 9:28 am #

      Right. Simple. Just the way it should be.

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