We are a manufacturing company that uses an ERP system that does not provide direct visibility (easily) from the sales order through to its various levels of production
• There are four production processes that ultimately yield the final product.
o Production area 1 feeds production area 2.
o Production area 2 feeds production area 3.
o Production area 3 feeds production area 4.
o Production area 4 yields the final products.
• We have assembled 5 different boards
o Sales Order Board (Final Product) – Board #5
o Production Board 4
o Production Board 3
o Production Board 2
o Production Board 1
• Immediate parent-child relationships on cards from one board to another board can be established.
I am trying to create a final card structure in board #5 where-in the status of all parent-child relationships are displayed. See illustration below. Can this be done and if so how? If not, do you have other architectural suggestions that would enable downstream visibility?
@David Mills You could do this with the API. So for example if your production process on each sub-card can be considered finished when all checklists on that card are completed, and each parent card has a checklist of linked sub-cards, then this command will "bubble up" a completion to all parent cards:
You can see how to set up Trellinator here:
You could achieve something similar with Butler, but the trouble is that a Butler command can't trigger a Butler command. The way around this would be to do something like install a command on the "bottom level" board that would check an item on the parent card, then set it due in 5 minutes, then have another command on that board that would trigger when a card is due with all checklists completed, and would check the item on its parent card, setting it due in 5 minutes and so on up the chain.
This would work, technically, but would therefore take 25 minutes to bubble up through 5 boards. You would also need to define the board levels at the outset, so for example you couldn't easily just add a 6th board level to cope with some cards having different "layers of production" sub-tasks.
there are two interesting Power-Ups that let you display card dependencies between cards. The first is called Epics by Screenful, the other is Hello Epics.
For a good overview of their features, please read this article: 3 Pioneering Ways to Manage Card Dependencies in Trello.
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