Trello

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About Trello

According to its own literature Trello is "...the fastest, easiest way to organize anything, from your day-to-day work, to a favorite side project, to your greatest life plans". It certainly works for us and we want to make it work for you too! Trello was developed by a company called Fogcreek Software. They're a worker-owned company with a sustainable business model which you might to know a little more about:

"Fog Creek is owned by its employees. We don’t have outside investors, so we’re free to do things based on the long-term interests of the company. We pay our bills and fund new development with the revenue from our products, and we’ve been profitable since day one. Profits that aren’t reinvested are distributed to employees.

A key to keeping Fog Creek sustainable is making sure the work environment is fantastic. We believe that the way to be most productive is to work normal 40-hour weeks. We save the “emergency death march” routine for actual emergencies (like when Hurricane Sandy threatened to cut power to our data center). We don’t manufacture crisis after crisis to keep teams running on adrenaline. Rather, we provide them with interesting challenges, amazing colleagues, and opportunities for development that match their goals."

Nice place, we're happy to use their software!

Trello usage in GMC

Overview

Trello is the tool we use to organize projects and tasks. A "project" usually refers to a translation project, be it an article, video, webpage or book. Tasks are activities related to the construction, maintenance and development of the Guerrilla Media Collective

What it is, what it's not

Trello IS for:

- Workflow and project management. - Specific tasks (cards) - Attaching documents that have to do with specific tasks - Setting deadlines in tasks - Getting shit done.

Trello ISN'T for:

- Having long discussions (use Loomio) - Voting on decisions (use Loomio) - Writing collaborative documents (use Co-ment) - A searchable repository for information (use the Wiki)

Organizations and Boards

Organizations and boards are subject to change based on the needs of every phyle. Bigger projects may be extracted from their "motherboards" to be be developed in an independent board until completion.

  • Organizations: Are the main categories within the Trello system.
  • Boards Are subcategories within the organizations.

There's quite a few organization and boards. The reason for this is that it allows us to self-allocate to specific tasks. Most of the categories in this Wiki and our Loomio boards coincide with the hierarchy displayed in the Trello boards (Through, in this order, Organizations, boards and labels).

Read about the different Target: ENG and ESP Organizations and Boards in the Trello: Organizations and Boards entry or the Interactive Minmap.

For other target language boards see International Phyle Trello Board List

The four "organizations" are:

If you'd rather see how they "hierarchy" works in a visual format, here's the Trello Organizations and Boards Mindmap.

Access to organizations and boards is based on level of involvement and commitment to the various aspects of the collective.

Usage

Protocols

Board-specific protocols are linked in the wiki articles for each organization.

List of external tutorials and resources

Tutorials

Videos

  1. Introduction to Trello
  2. Ways to use Trello
  3. Trello Basic Training Tutorial for Managing Projects and Tasks
  4. Trello June 2013 Enhancements Training Tutorial

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  1. Trello Tour
  2. Dangerously Productive: Master Level Trello Tips
  3. Why You Should Use Trello For Damn Near Everything
  4. How To Get A Lot More Out Of Trello
  5. Best Practices For Setting Up Effective Trello Boards

Resources

Markdown editing

  1. Basic Trello Markdown
  2. Easy Markdown Tutorial
  3. Full Markdown syntax