Overall Satisfaction with Trello
I use Trello to track projects and tasks that I pick up throughout the day. I was introduced to Trello by a previous manager who used it to manage different projects that we were working on. When we would meet together we would create new "cards" for tasks we were working on and apply a label for the project it applied to. Now I continue to use a similar setup, but for my smaller tasks that need to be done throughout the day. When I am in a meeting I create cards for the new tasks that come my way.
- Trello is really lightweight. I don't know if it's because of the minimal design or some great coding, but it's extremely responsive.
- Collaboration! After switching to Trello I stopped receiving update requests via email. Because we were working in real-time we didn't need to worry about updates via email.
- Mobile! Trello's mobile app is really good.
- Their free plan is also really good. Maybe I am a bit of a cheapskate but using their free plan is anything but painful. Many cloud based apps give you just a taste in their free plan, but I have yet had a need to upgrade.
- Responsive Design: I would like to be able to resize my Trello window to be like a sidebar or something other than a traditional square, however it's not supported.
- I wish it was easier to remove boards. When I first started using Trello I was using different boards for different projects, after a project was closed it took me quite a while to figure out where the setting was to delete that board.
- Fewer lost ideas. Using Trello allows me to quickly build a project plan before entering a planning meeting.
- Easy Reporting: Anyone is able to glance at a Trello board to see how a project is progressing.
Trello is sort of a David vs. Goliath story when comparing it to the Atlasian suite of tools. JIRA and Confluence are feature rich and have all sorts of tools, features, add-ons and flexibility. However they are slow, have a steep learning curve and can be a bit overwhelming. Trello takes about 5 minutes to set up and after another 5 minutes of playing around you have mastered the application.
In my mind Trello works great for smaller teams. When using Trello on a team of 6 individuals it was great. I was able to quickly and easily see what each individual was working on. As a team we would create new cards for a project, pass the cards from one person to another attaching docs, images and links needed for each project. However I found that when working with large teams (15+) with separate projects the layout of the cards became too unwieldy.