Trello is a great tool for managing all your project-related tasks and staying in sync with colleagues and clients. We at Usersnap are avid fans of Trello.
So we thought it would be fun to share some of our best tricks and tools we use to get more out of Trello.
Trello for web development?
Working on various web projects – whether for your clients or within your organization – can often be a challenge. It requires a lot of collaboration and communication within your project teams. The organization and management of your team’s tasks and priorities is key. On the other hand, organizational stuff shouldn’t take too much time, since it keeps your developers and designers from doing their real work.
Trello is a great tool which solves that problem of managing your web development.
Get started with Trello
Trello offers some easy-to-create boards. A board is a collection of cards organized in columns. These columns are called lists and can be completely modified to your needs.
A card is mostly used to describe tasks. Every task or project deliverable should go into one card. A card consists of a title and a description, as well as an activity feed.
You can also add images, attachments, check lists to your cards. There are nearly no limitations. However, I recommend establishing a clear guideline on how you keep your cards and lists organized within your team.
The approach and basic idea of boards come from the Kanban technique. Kanban was originally created by Taiichi Ohno at Toyota in the 1940s. The Kanban technique is nowadays widely used in agile product and software teams.
In my experience the Kanban boards work for traditional web projects as well.
The best Trello integrations for your web development
Let’s get our hands dirty. Trello shows off its real potential when integrating it with other services and tools you use. In those tool-driven times updating and maintaining all our tools can be stressful.
Because of that, we recommend integrating Trello with the following tools.
Usersnap for collecting feedback & bugs
Working on a web project and haven’t tried Usersnap? Well, I guess it’s time to give the tool a try. It not only will save you a ton of time while fixing bugs, but will make life way easier when collaborating with your colleagues and clients on design drafts or website prototypes.
Usersnap gives you easy-to-use tools for collecting feedback, bugs or simply new ideas for your website project.
How to connect with Trello?
Having set up your Trello board for your new web project, you’re good to go for connecting it with Usersnap.
The great thing here is that you can decide in which list you’d like to add the feedback and screenshots from Usersnap. For example, I recommend setting up a own list “customer feedback / bugs” where the feedback is stored. It will prevents you from a chaotic Trello board 🙂
Sending browser screenshots to Trello
With the integration from Usersnap installed, you can now collect feedback from your website visitors or clients with Usersnap and all screenshots and tickets are sent to your Trello project board. Isn’t that awesome!
With the Usersnap widget and Trello installed no bug, idea or change request is left behind.
Slack & Trello
I guess many web developers and designers out there are currently using Slack as their prior team communication tool. We use it as well, and the great thing is that it can be connected to Trello.
Especially with other tools like Usersnap connected to Trello it offers you some awesome notifications.
For example: If a client of yours leaves some feedback on your new website prototype with Usersnap, Usersnap will then send this feedback to your Trello board (see above setup). Trello will then notify you within your Slack channel that a new card has been added.
This not only will make your web development faster, but will bring it on a completely new level.
Harvest & Trello
Harvest is a time tracking tool for freelancers and teams. With Harvest you can measure and track your time spent on a project or on each deliverable. Having set up your Trello project board and collaborating on your tasks inside Trello, Harvest enables you to track you time spent on each task inside Trello. No need to leave Trello again 😉
With the free Chrome extension from Harvest you can track the time spent on each Trello card. Further on, your recordings are also stored in your Harvest projects which makes it super-easy to not only keep track of each project task, but also monitor them regarding your efficiency.
Raygun & Trello
Raygun is an automated testing tool. It notifies you when errors occur in your code. It therefore makes the testing process simple and fast. With Raygun your software is automatically checked and monitored regarding new bugs and errors.
By integrating Raygun with Trello, errors which are tracked down with Raygun are automatically attached to your Trello project board.
With Usersnap & Raygun installed you can ensure a bug-free development environment and keep your developers and customers happy. Learn more how to set up Raygun for Trello.
Zapier, GitHub & Trello
You probably heard about Zapier before. Zapier is an automation service which connects web apps and syncs data between them. With Zapier you get unlimited options for connecting Trello with your favourite tools.
With Zapier, you can – for example – connect Trello with GitHub. With the installed integration from GitHub, new GitHub issues or commits are sent to your Trello board and saved as new Trello cards.
There are various – and ready-to-go zaps available within Zapier and are super easy to make use of. Simply give them a try.
Don’t forget that it’s just a tool.
Though we’ve been using Trello and we really like the fact that you can do sooo many things with it, I’d like to mention that it’s just a tool. Like every other great project management tool. It won’t do any work for us, but it will help us to do a better job in web development and allows us to communicate and collaborate in a better way.
Now you can use the power of Trello to give you even more control on your projects when using these awesome Trello integrations as part of your development efforts. Through professional, intuitive, and feature-rich dashboards, which allow you to seamlessly integrate with these mentioned third parties. If you haven’t set up these integrations, definitely check it out. You’ll be impressed. Promised!
Do you prefer a quick summary? Make sure to check out our presentation on the essential Trello tools for developers!
Any Trello tools or integrations missing? Let us know in the comments!
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