Trello is a great project management tool to help manage tasks as well as projects. While it’s not a great PPM tool, this is a web-based application that is constantly growing. Trello is ideal for agile management, and upon first review, it was thought that this was the only way to use this tool. After using and diving into Trello, we realize that you have so many options in the simple functionality of this tool. It can help:
Another great part for those who are new to Trello, they provide online support and assist you in any way they can. For new users, I would suggest that you start with this post by Trello on how to use the tool like a pro (Click Here). Even though there is limited customization that you can do to the tool, there may be some workarounds to what you need using integrated tools like Zapier. In fact, we posted this article on our @SuccessPMP Twitter page a few months ago to help you design your own project management system using Trello as the foundation of that system.
The cons of Trello is that it doesn’t not always fit the need of the process that an organization may use. There’s really no automation to speak off except that when you have a date related to your task, the colors on that date will turn yellow or red depending on when it is due. Also, there’s no time tracking capabilities unless you add it to your task which is still difficult to tally. It also doesn’t offer some of the key features like WBS (unless you integrate Google Forms and Google Spreadsheets. Another things is that it is impossible right now to sort tasks by resource or due date.
In conclusion, Trello is a great project management tool like everyone says, however using it as a stand alone tool will not accomplish what a lot of people need as Project Managers and/or Managers. For that, we give Trello at 6.7. We foresee a lot of good things going on with this simple tool in the future and we look forward to doing another review.
Check out some of Trello’s great templates available to all users: