Thursday, September 20, 2012

Example: Trello


The most amazing whiteboard and post-it yet.

Juggling many different projects and deadlines, overhead of tracking enormous amount of details, going insane trying to organize complicated stuffs, especially when you work in team with others… All these headache-causing problems can be solved with Trello. According to the developer, it is simply "a web page where you make a bunch of lists,” that tells you what needs to get done, who is going to do it, and what is coming up next in one glance. This might sounds too fancy for some people like me. Trello can be used more simply and personally, just like a whiteboard with post-it cards on your wall. You can create boards to organize anything you are working on. You can use them by yourself or invite colleagues, friends, and family to work together.

Trello allows me to get more organized and stay on top of everything goes around my life. Plus, it is completely free! It works on any screen size, both desktop and mobile. iPhone/Android apps are also available for on the go situations.

There are similar applications such as Asana, Astrid, Evernote, and Do. They are all very high-quality, but none of them provide such a very natural human UI to see “your entire projects in a single glance” in my opinion. It is all about visualizing tasks. It offers a better birds-eye view than any other competitors. What really makes this app better than any of its competitors is also the developer behind. Trello is built by Fog Creek Software. Joel Solsky, the co-founder of this company, published an article about Trello. When I read the article, I fell in love with this company. Their mindset is truly amazing. Please refer to this blog post: Joel on Software.

So, how does this app works? Trello provides users with boards, lists, and cards. You create a board, add lists to it, and add cards to those lists. Each card can have details on its back such as a progress bar, checklists, due date, comments, photos and videos, and who is working on that card. To collaborate, you invite people to join your board. Once they join, members can add and edit lists and cards, and you can drag people to cards to keep track of who is working on what. So, the use of Trello could be anything ranging from simple list-making to team management and project collaboration. Try it, and you will be addicted, too.

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