As a Jira power user, I was at first doubtful that Trello could benefit my workflow. Jira already uses boards (ones you can customize!), so why would I even need to use Trello?! In this post you will learn how I went from a Trello doubter to a believer while picking up an Atlassian certification in the process.
As a heavy user of Jira, I was unable to see the benefit of using Trello. If Trello uses boards, Jira does as well, and they can be even customized! Why should we then use Trello?
Well, let me start by saying that with Trello you don't need any customization advanced skills. For example, in just a few clicks you can plan an event and share it with people who you might want feedback from.
In my scenario, I planned for my ACP-600 Beta Test in a very short period of time and without missing any topic. Using Jira was an option, however, I’d rather spend the time it would take to customize the project actually studying for the test!
Once Atlassian shared details about the test (topics, labs, etc.), I had 20 days left until the deadline. In order to keep track of my progress, I could think of no better tool than Trello. I logged into my account and set up some standard lists (To Do, In Progress, On Hold, Done). All I needed to do was to create a card for each of the six topics, then one to request a lab account, and the last one Schedule the test. Check out a screenshot of my Trello board:
Since I am a visual person, the board was always top of mind. I was even able to memorize some dates.
There’s no better feeling than finishing a card and moving it from Progress to Done. The On Hold list wasn't a status I could afford for this test lack of time. The encouraging part while using a board is seeing the Done list growing bigger. There were days when I was able to move more than one card. That's how I was able to plan, track my progress, and be done on-time for my test.
Of course, I was more motivated to achieve my desired outcome for the test, not necessarily by just the board. However, in a time where everything is done virtually, the Trello board was the only reminder that my test was "real".
Thanks for reading this article, I hope you found it useful! In closing, I’d love to know your thoughts. I am not trying to mimic Jira, but do you agree that sub-cards are needed in Trello Boards?
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