If you’ve been following our App of the Week recommendations, you are probably heralded around the office as a master of online communication. You’ve conquered late emails with Boomerang, you’ve got your blackbelt in messaging with Slack, and you can fearlessly lead 25 people in a video conference with Zoom. Now it’s time to brush up on your task management and team organization skills with Trello.
In their own words: “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 Drop the lengthy email threads, out-of-date spreadsheets, no-longer-so-sticky notes, and clunky software for managing your projects.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.”
Based off the SCRUM organizational framework, Trello focuses on quick feedback and fast iteration. Much like the post-it notes of days gone by, Trello helps you break up large tasks into a set of small ones. You can assign group members to each task, leave comments, vote on polls, and use columns to organize tasks by level of completion. Everything is housed on the Trello servers, meaning that any change you make is updated in real time for your colleagues. It’s useful for any project, big or small, and helps keep track of what’s been finished, what needs to be reviewed, and what’s still left to do. A feature that I’ve found very helpful is the ability to attach images and documents to tasks in Trello. You can use this to upload simple sketches of ideas or create mood boards that look similar to Pinterest. Trello is also available as an app to download on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, so you can keep updated on the go.
One of the only major downsides of Trello is it’s lack of dedicated chat. While Trello’s goal is to keep teams organized and updated, it doesn’t allow for immediate feedback unless you know team members are active at any given moment. It’s more useful as a daily work plan, or something to bring up at meetings to show progress.
Trello is completely free to use, with a few additional features available for a monthly subscription. If you’re looking for a website to house your latest group project, give Trello a try!