Recently my organization started to use Trello to track our projects. We already had many tools to help manage our ongoing/planned projects and related issues. We even developed several tools ourselves to do various jobs such as time tracking, request queue processing, etc.
I was a little resistent when they let me put my projects into it. With so many tools messing my mind, I don’t know where to look for information that matters. But Trello is the kind of product that you can’t help using, as it presents a brand new way of project management, tracking and team collaboration. Like iPhone reinvented smart phones. Like flickr introduced a new approach to online photo albums.
After visiting the account I was forced to create several times, I started to add items into the lists. The interface was so neat and it’s natural to add something into the lists. The visual effect of moving an item, which I believe was implemented using HTML 5, was fancy, but not too fancy to be annoying.
At first it only seemed to be some lists with items, and you could move things around. But after checking out the details of an item, I found it included a rich set of features for project tracking. You can set a due date, and the system will label the item with some color indicating the closeness. You can filter the items by a team member and see what he’s up to. Each item even can have its own checklists and the interface will show the completeness on the card.
Give it a try now if you didn’t already!