Project Management using Trello


Trello, you are my new friend. For those who don’t know, Trello is a card based, visual planning software. That’s free. You can use it to plan a wedding, a party or in my case, the workflow and bug fixes behind the changes and upgrades we have planned for y’all. Ok, I just wanted to say y’all. Haven’t had a chance to say that often, especially here in New York.

Sure, there are alot of other software out there (Asana comes to mind to which I was an early beta user back in the day) but I’m the kind of person that wants to ‘get it’ within the first 10 seconds of seeing something for the first time. If it takes longer than 10 seconds, I usually think ‘why is this so hard to get?’ and then shelve it into the ‘experiment later’ bucket. Or maybe experiment later is probably more correct.

Fortunately, Trello took less than 10 seconds to get. Now I do have a couple of nit picks. First, it would be nice if they had a toggle to go from horizontal lists  to vertical lists. They don’t. Not out of the box as far as I can tell. Why vertical lists? Well, mainly because I originally created a list for each website section I wanted to edit. And I also wanted to keep the “To Do”, “Doing” and “Done” format consistent across the website sections we are working on, instead of having it pushed out to the far right.  I did see an extension in Chrome for that here but then I decided to just group all the changes into one long list and add additional cards below for each website section that needed to be fixed. Humm….maybe they planned it that way? Maybe not.

If none of this makes sense to you, that’s fine. Just play around with it and you’ll know what I mean. Now the good stuff: Trello makes its so much easier to keep track of edits, bug fixes, changes and layouts. I do think adding image attachments to individual checklists items, instead of cards would be a better feature…but hey, why am I complaining? its free.

Enjoy!  Happy Trails. (Yeah, I wanted to say that as well).

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