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Atlassian Trello: A Visible Collaboration Tool

Atlassian’s Trello isn’t just an agile software development tool – it can manage any of life’s projects down to the finest details in a visually rich environment that’s also easy to use. Trello allows you to build detailed project boards that track every aspect of a project, from detailing the requirements to finalizing the launch or release.

Tasks are stored as cards and move across the board in columns, creating a visual representation of the progress over time. The powerful collaboration features that Trello provides means it scales well within large enterprises while it also helps households’ to keep track of chores. Wherever a team needs to work toward a common goal that requires many moving parts and regular interventions, Trello finds a place.

Trello Keeps you focused on the Big Picture

Trello uses the agile methodologies to ensure tasks move towards the bigger picture. The ability to setup your team quickly, assign tasks using cards, and track their progress is what makes Trello so powerful.

The Scrum and Agile Way

Scrum uses simple mechanisms to manage complex projects to completion. By breaking down requirements (usually user stories) into the exact tasks required to achieve them, then tracking those task statuses from “to-do”, to “doing”, then to “done”, the scrum board is cleared and features released.

Traditionally, software teams managed this process on a physical board, situated in the office where they could track progress at any time. Trello changes that. It provides scrum boards for anything you can imagine. Additionally, the cards themselves can be loaded with additional items that further improve the project management process. With Trello cards, you can attach files, set due dates, include checklists, and setup alerts, among many other capabilities.

By using Trello, teams that need to support both development and operational systems can quickly get a handle on their duties, plan the tasks, and provide feedback on progress, all from one place. Daily standup meetings are quickly organized, and with upstream or downstream integrations, automatically update monitoring or program management systems.

By adopting this simple philosophy, organizations that were paper dependent in the past could quickly transform into a completely digital environment almost overnight. Trello really is that powerful.

Trello Integrates with all your Agile Software

Since Atlassian acquired the company in 2017, specialized integrations with the Continuous Delivery / Continuous Integration (CD/CI) suite of tools have been ongoing. It means more and more agile software teams are benefiting from cohesive planning, collaboration, and build management solution.

Notwithstanding the above, Trello also keeps improving their system by providing Power-Ups. These add-ons can do anything from initiate video meetings right inside the Trello application, to building roadmaps towards your solutions and products. For every type of contingency or complexity you can imagine, Trello has a Power-Up that can improve your company’s efficiency.

In fact, Trello has a dedicated page that helps you understand just how powerful it is. Organizations often fail to see where they can completely redefine what it means to be productive. Within a very short space of time, you can convert you monthly and weekly plans onto a Trello board, and then expand the use as required and new activities come up.

Improving the SDLC with Trello

Trello boasts integrations with Jira Software, Bitbucket, and Confluence. Meaning you can gain drastic insight and just-in-time (JIT) controls over the entire Software Development Lifecycle (SLDC).

With Trello integrations that drive the software delivery cycles, teams stay on track, collaborate easily on issues, and develop better quality code. By using the simple structured task approach, the top card always gets first priority, ensuring the team is working on the critical issues first.

As you are using the Trello board for oversight, you can generate reports on progress, see critical path issues that create risks, and easily adjust according to the company’s needs. As the need for change in strategy or priority becomes apparent, teams can quickly adjust, making them completely agile within the organization.

Trello Power-Ups from the Atlassian Marketplace

For software development specific Power-Ups, the Atlassian Marketplace is one stop shop to improve the SDLC processes of your organization. Easily integrate with Jira Software and Bitbucket, empower the workflow with flow boards, or synchronize work and tasks with any number of Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) systems.

ReleaseTEAM as your Agile Solution Partner

ReleaseTEAM are experts in every solution Atlassian provides. When adjusting company processes and procedures to embrace change, you need an expert that has seen it all and knows how to react quickly and efficiently.

With services that cover every aspect of the software development lifecycle, they will ensure the quickest path to success with minimal organizational disruption. ReleaseTEAM provides sales, support, and Staff Training. Additional services include Process Automation, Consultancy, Staff Augmentation, and Software Lifecycle Management.

Contact us on (866) 887-0489 or info@releaseteam.com today to speak to an expert about your next DevOps project.

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