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Trello Subtasks with Butler

A common request on the Atlassian community is to track progress on subtasks, for example assigning checklist items to people or adding due dates to checklist items.

As discussed in this article, a great way to do subtasks in Trello is using a checklist, with each item linked to a card:

https://community.atlassian.com/t5/Trello-articles/Trello-Subtasks-with-Trellinator/ba-p/1020531

That article discusses how to do this with Trellinator, but you can also do the same thing with Butler!

One of the cleanest ways to trigger this is to create a button called "Create Subtasks" that will create linked cards for all items in the checklist "Subtasks", as per this screenshot:

2019-04-17 at 2.50 pm.png

Here is what that button looks like in action:

https://www.loom.com/share/24b6b25e15cc4797bdf8a69a1506e974

Now that you have a list of linked cards you can move them around, assign them to different people, set different due dates etc.

Next, you can set up a Butler command that triggers when a card is archived and checks off the corresponding checklist item on the "master" card.

That looks like this:

2019-04-17 at 2.57 pm.pngHere's what that command looks like in action:

https://www.loom.com/share/9bca506dd7544cda90fe5f421e6f639b

4 comments

marc Community Leader Apr 17, 2019

Great workflow!

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I'm new to Butler, so I may be missing something.

When I choose the "Card Button" option, I have no option to free-text a command, and the droplist commands within the interface don't include a "convert" option.

 

What am I missing, please?

Thanks!

Brian

Iain_Dooley Community Leader Nov 14, 2019

@Brian Rafferty It's in the "Cascade" tab:

2019-11-15 at 4.59 pm.png

@Iain_Dooley Thanks so much for your help!

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