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I have a board with more than 60 lists. Most of those lists have fewer than 100 cards, but one has about 600 cards. I've got a few hundred more lists that are archived and most of those lists also have fewer than 100 cards. I've also enabled 18 dashcards, four power-ups, about two dozen automation rules (some of which trigger other rules), half a dozen custom fields, and a few "card buttons" and "board buttons."

Sometimes actions on my board are pretty quick. Sometimes my computer runs like a slow dog on a hot day. I'm using an up-to-date version of Mozilla Firefox on Windows 10 with 8GB of RAM and 21GB of page file space on an SSD hard drive.

I understand that computational complexity is a thing, so I'm not looking to complain. What I'm really hunting for is more information about what I can do to keep my boards humming... and to know where I might create problems for myself.

What are best practices, tips, and tricks on how best to structure a board to keep Trello running smoothly? As hypothetical examples:

  • Prefer to use many cards on a small number of lists rather than small numbers of cards on many lists?
  • Prefer to use automation that references cards on the same board rather than referencing cards on other separate boards?
  • Prefer to schedule automation for task X, Y, or Z rather than using event triggers?

The one (and only) piece of advice I've seen in the Trello documentation is about using cascade functionality with restraint.

Can you offer any other insight into how to best take advantage of the magic that Trello performs behind the scenes? Tell me what happens locally in my browser, what requires server calls, where there might be unintuitively long processing times, and how I can best structure my board(s) to lean in to Trello's functionality?

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Adam Cao
Marketplace Partner
Marketplace Partners provide apps and integrations available on the Atlassian Marketplace that extend the power of Atlassian products.
Jan 02, 2023

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