Trello acquired by Atlassian

If you use Trello (and there are more than 19 million of us that do) you have probably heard about the acquisition of Trello by Atlassian. While Trello will essentially still be what it is today, the team behind Trello now has some serious R&D backing.

As somebody who uses the Atlassian stack of tools daily, and also a lover of Trello, this is some pretty sweet news. I’m looking forward to seeing what integrations these teams come up with for the tool set!

TechCrunch reports that the acquisition has a value of $425 million, with $360 million in cash and the rest in shared/options. Things get official on March 31st.

The official news from Atlassian and Trello:

Corello brings dashboards to your Trello life

A while back, Corello came across my desk as something to look into for reporting on Trello boards. It took me some time to finally get around to it, but I’m glad I finally did. If you use Trello at any scale, you have probably hit the limits of your capacity to really get a portfolio glance of your organization in Trello. Corello aims to help with that very problem through cross-board reporting dashboards. I’ll try to give a quick synopsis here as well as a few scenarios where this tool fits well.

What is the problem being solved here?

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Can Trello Gold enhance your Scrum board?

A long time ago, in a blog post far, far away, I explored the use of Trello’s agile task tracking toolset to create a Scrum board for developer implementation. This has worked well for me over the years, especially when a project needs a little more structure than Kanban sometimes allows me. Recently, the post (and board) were featured on Trello’s Inspiration site, and that prodded me to do some investigation. Would I get anything out of Trello Gold that could help with the Scrum board process?

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Tracking hours burndown in Trello

TrelloIn the past, I’ve written about some tools for doing Scrum inside of Trello, as well as some guidance on creating Scrum boards using these plugins. Recently, I received a question about how to accurately track hours spent in Trello.  Zig Mandel, the man behind Plus for Trello and Spent for Trello, reached out and recommended taking a look at his Chrome plugin which does some similar tasks to Scrum for Trello and Burndown for Trello, but provides a richer hours burndown.

The plugin is advertised as an open-source and free tool that will not collect data or insert ads, whose primary purpose seems to be tracking time spent on cards in Trello.  A lot of reporting features and timers built into the plugin allow you to track at card levels, list levels, or across the entire board.  Other plugins I’ve used don’t have this level of accurate spent tracking for tasks, that is for sure.

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How to set up Trello board for Scrum

TrelloIn the past, I’ve written about how to use Trello for agile task tracking, and also about some tools that allow you to use Trello for Scrum. Recently I started up a little side project for a personal application I wanted to write, and I decided to run the project using Trello and Scrum for Trello as my task tracking tools.

In this post, I’d like to walk you through the process of how to configure a Trello board to run a Scrum-like process.

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Using Trello for Scrum

TrelloA lot of the traffic that comes through this blog is related to folks looking to use Trello for agile development.  If you are using a Kanban/Lean approach, it works really well out of the box. However, if you are using a more Scrum-like approach, you may have noticed the lack of ability to do estimates or burndowns in the tool.  While trying to figure out a good way to do this, it appears I stumbled across some other folks who have already taken this step forward.

The teams behind Burndown for Trello and Scrum for Trello have developed add-ons with Scrum capabilities that Trello is currently missing.  This allows you to maintain points and hours remaining estimates, as well as report on burndown across a Trello board.  I expect the main Trello development team will likely incorporate these types of enhancements in the future, but for now, these add-ons can help bridge the gap.

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Free Agile Task Tracking with Trello

TrelloThere are a ridiculous number of tools out there to help track tasks, but of all of them, Trello has been my favourite for cheap agile task tracking.  It’s has no cost, unlimited boards, real-time collaboration, and a UI so intuitive it makes adoption across the team dead simple.

First priority in selecting a tool has to be that it accomplishes what is needed by the team with as little overhead as possible.  Second priority is that the team has to be willing to use it. Trello meets a lot of needs for specific types of projects, and the free cost helps!

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