So, the humble Trello is this week’s featured project management software, and why not. It’s way past due.
Unfortunately, it’s going to be tough for me to be even remotely impartial with this one, because Trello pretty much is my work bible. I mean, it literally organises my work life. It’s the first thing I look at when I power up my laptop in the am, and the last thing I check before I hit the hay.
The only drawback as far as I can see is that it doesn’t have a sound effect for the whooshing sound for missed deadlines. (Please note, I have made this suggestion to the Trello Support team. I’ve been told they’re keeping it on file.)
But seriously, Trello what is it?
“Trello is the free, flexible, and visual way to organize anything with anyone…Drop the lengthy email threads, out-of-date spreadsheets, no-longer-so-sticky notes, and clunky software for managing your projects. Trello lets you see everything about your project in a single glance.”
Essentially though, Trello is a project management tool that allows people working on projects to do so in a collaborative fashion and communicate, share and upload files that anyone with access to a specific work board, can use.
There is a glut of online project management software out there, but Trello always seems to find itself near the top of the pile when it comes to popularity contests.
The fact that the basic package is completely free, and is also browser based, probably has a lot to do with it. Of course, there is a paid option, but honestly, I’ve used the paid option before, and I think you’d be pushed to tell the difference.
The other good thing about using Trello, is that it’s really simple and intuitive to use, utilising drag and drop, and what-you-see-is-what-you-get capabilities. Of course, the downside to this is that you will have to do without some of the advanced features that come with the more complex project management tools, but then how often do most people need things like Gantt charts and in depth reportage tools?
Trello looks good as well, using a Kanban style methodology to get things done. So no, it might not be the project management tool someone would use to build a 100 storey office building, or run a Fortune 500 company, but for pretty much everything in between, it’s definitely worth considering.
Trello is a brilliant tool to help coordinate several people working on a project, and is also as fun and as easy as a project management tool can in all probability get. It’s also extremely flexible, and can be shaped in lots of different directions. But as always, the best thing about it, is that it’s free, and for a free app, it’s very, very good.