What is Trello?

watch by | Apr 16, 2015

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This is Trello! I know it doesn’t look like much, and that’s one of Trello’s strongest features.

So what exactly is Trello then?

Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process.

Trello is basically an enhanced cork board, or post it note board. It’s great for collaborating, story boarding, or tracking progress of projects through different phases. The Trello platform, that you work with, is made up of Boards, Lists, and Cards. How you choose to assign those boards, lists, and cards is completely up to you. Each board is made of one or more lists, and each list can contain any number of cards (or none at all). Trello has a simple drag and drop interface, that allows you to reorganize cards and lists, or even move cards from one list to another.

For example – your company could use Trello to keep track of employees that are in or out of the office (or available for work if you have remote employees). Since Trello is cloud based, your employees can access it anywhere they have an internet connection.

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Once you click on a card – Trello gives you a bunch of options for each card specifically.

You can do a lot with those cards to help your team progress through a project – you can:

  • Write comments
  • Add other Users
  • Color code with labels
  • Assign Due Dates
  • Add Attachments

At OneVoice I use Trello primarily to manage my tasks and content calendar. Whenever I have an idea for a blog post, I place it on a card in my “Ideas” list. Then those cards eventually get placed into a content calendar, and then moved over to the “In Draft” list – and then we proceed from there.

This is probably the more typical use of Trello – in that cards are like individual tasks that can progress from one list to the next as it progresses down the project life-cycle.

The great power of Trello is that there doesn’t seem to be any right or wrong way to use it. You can use it to outline entire projects, manage employee presence, as a task list manager, or even for brainstorming and selecting idea.

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