Trello, the board-centric project management tool Kanban that was acquired by Atlassian in 2017, today launched what is probably one of the most important updates in recent years. With significantly more than 50 million users, Trello is one of the most popular project management tools around, and in many ways the digital Kanban board took the mainstream. This focus does not change with today’s release, but the team is now adding a number of new board views and new options to the individual cards that make up these views, with a special focus on bringing more data from third-party tools straight into the cards. This is in addition to a number of changes in the general appearance and feel of the service.
“Over the years, we have built this huge, passionate audience,”
Behind many of the new features was to make it easier for users to do more work inside Trello and to get better macro views of which teams are working with themselves, but also what is happening across teams and in an organization. In addition, the new Trello adds more ways to view data from other tools at home in the service, without having to change tools.
In practice, this means that Trello adds five new views to Trello (and makes it easy to switch between them): team table view for cross-company tracking or cross-project work in a spreadsheet-like way timeline view to handle roadblocks and make data adjustments; calendar view for tracking deadlines and time-sensitive tasks; map view for users who have location-based projects; and finally an overview view for better visualization of success calculations and building reports.
For the most part, the names here are self-explanatory. What is perhaps the most interesting feature here is that the new team table view is Trello’s first view that brings in more boards.
“It raises your perspective up to the portfolio level – not just at a single board level,” Pryor said. “In the end, all the views will do the same thing, and then we really want this option that if you’re on a board, you can swing your cards and look at them depending on what the project is and how you need them.” The idea here, he explained, was to use and expand Trello’s existing visual language to add to these shared perspectives.
What is also important here is that Trello plans to open this function to third parties who may also want to build their own views. The Trello team itself, for example, built a slideshow that automatically creates slides for all the cards in a project to make it easy for someone to present them at a meeting, for example.
Pryor claims that what Trello is doing with his new cards is perhaps even more important. The team is adding over 30 new card types there, just by adding a URL that links to YouTube, Google Drive, Figma, JIRA or even other Trello cards, you will be able to see a preview of what you connected right inside Trello .
“What it does, I think, is that it lifts what the card represents from just being something that only exists in Trello to representing work that happens across all of these other tools,” Pryor explained. “So now your JIRA tickets can exist next to your Trello cards. And you categorize it and move and talk about it in a way that is independent of what’s going on in JIRA – it may be connected to it, but it adds to this the ability to create a dashboard that brings all the work in one place. “
Pryor noted that the team wanted to take advantage of the simplicity and visual language that Trello’s users already love, and then apply it to other tools. “We can get into a race and just build features of the project management type. We’re really trying to build a project management app, instead of building an app that helps you manage all your projects. It is different from going down this road where we are just like: function, function, function. “That approach, he claims, would only lead to bloating. Instead, the team wants to take its map metaphor, expand it and let users build new solutions inside Trello using a visual language they are already familiar with.
Another new feature coming soon – and one that the Trello community has been waiting for a while – is mirror cards, which basically allow you to split the same card between the boards. All you have to do is connect a source card to a card on a card on another board and the new card will look like the original card.