Outgrowing Trello – 4 Reasons you should consider moving on
So you’ve been using Trello for a long time now. You’ve carded your way through tasks, issues and projects and your business has been growing. It might be time to move on.
Now, I love Trello, you most likely love Trello too. Everybody loves Trello.
We’re not asking you to recreate the scene from “Old Yeller” (that’s like the start to “Up” for you millennials out there). We are simply saying you might want to look at what you could be doing with something that has features like Trello but allows for more. And here’s a few reasons why:
4 Basic Trello is basic.
Let’s face it, Trello is uncomplicated. And yes, that can be a good thing. But with a bigger business comes more tasks, more employees, more data and more issues. The basic version of the software caters to only a specific part of what a business needs. It gives you no help for planning ahead, tracking time on jobs, no means of effective communication, etc.
It can handle Tasks, but for a business in search of a project, goal, reports, and finally coding kind of structure; it just doesn’t come close.
3 Plugins Galore!
Okay so, yes there are extensions for it. We know that, thank you. There are a LOT of extensions. So you could, in theory, just pump up the roids on your Trello and add a lot of features.
That way you should be able to emulate other types of platforms, easily available online, that do more right out-of-the-box… Wait.
Yeah, this is where it breaks down. Getting hundreds of small fixes so that your interface does more doesn’t change the fact that its limitations are felt strongly early on.
Not to mention that you’re running off the graces of various developers and plugin updates, and many MANY compatibility issues between said plugins. You shouldn’t have to settle.
2 To Agile or not to Agile?
That really is the question.
But basing your business off the agile mentality doesn’t mean you need to start thinking of data as the root of all evil. Sure, you don’t need to show everything in excel sheets and charts, but there’s no hurt in having that data in the first place!
Having a platform that allows for agile features but offers all the other means of creating, planning, collecting and compiling reports on your products, projects or customer feedback is a much better long-term solution to a business plan.
Agile features should be just that, features. You then make the choice of how your workers and colleagues handle information and tasks. At least when you look back you will have comprehensive reports on tasks and timesheets. That will make you a better business, and much more efficient at planning for the future.
1 The Scout Motto says it best:
You should be prepared.
Again, everyone loves Trello! The issue isn’t that it does what it does poorly, it’s that it’s not meant to do anymore than that.
Instead of making your job harder by piling on small tools and fixes and praying for this and that feature to come out: invest in something that offers everything else, plus a bit of Trello.
For example, here at OneDesk we offer a platform that handles project management, product management and customer feedback and support. This platform has integration capabilities with hundreds of apps (much like Trello), and offers navigation options like card views, etc. (again, much like Trello).
Basically the bottom-line is, why emulate OneDesk with Trello when you could emulate Trello with OneDesk and still retain dozens of other features you are bound to need or probably wish you already had!
Think of the future of your business and where you want it to be. Consider these options carefully, we’re looking out for you here!
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