Project Management Software
I don't care how big your business is, or if you think you need this or not, you need it. If you don't think you need it, you just never used it properly before. Now I'm talking about Asana and Trello and all those other different project management software pieces. There's lots of different project management software items out there, and the thing that you need to remember is your mileage varies, obviously.
Trello is Awesome
We're huge Trello fans. After mucking around with a lot of different project management tools we found that Trello is great, especially at their price point. I like having a diversity between the different software packages that we use and Trello ticks that box as well. I don't necessarily always like buying into the same brand. Although it's nice being in the same ecosystem, it doesn't always pay off when they up all their prices or infrastructure goes down. Office 365, yep. That would never go down for nine hours during a business day in Australia. But then it does. So it's fantastic and you've got to make sure that you look at project management software from a perspective of how it manages and works with your business.
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Trello is Easy to Use
One of the great things that I like about Trello is how easy it is to manage the cards. You can create lists of cards, and each of those cards can then have tasks, and each of those lists can have multiple cards that you can then move between the lists. Imagine, let's look at it like this. You're a kid and you want 15 different things for Christmas, and you want those things no matter what. Instead of having to ask for all of them, they all have equal value. Instead you could make a list of what the priority items are. You can have the lower priority items, that, not the red bike, but maybe it's the pencil case, you know, I kind of want that because my other pencil case looks a bit dodgy and a you don't want to be picked on at school, so you want this other cool pencil case. I know, I know, do kids even use pencils nowadays? Anyway, this project management software will allow for you to have that in a separate list of a lower priority, and then when you actually get it for Christmas you can move it into, I got it from Santa. And then you've got that in the list.
When to Use Project Management Software
I use project management software to manage different projects between my teams, and that works out really well. I've even got one that I manage with my girlfriend. So you can use it for anything and everything. But the big thing is when you have a brainstorming session with the rest of your team, even if it's just yourself wearing different DeBono hats, thinking hats, you are able to see what tasks need to be done and visualise what's the most important task to be done. Set reminders and make sure that you're kicking goals.
It Makes Life Easier
Project management software is just about making your life a little bit easier. It's not going to overtake everything, but it is definitely going to make things when you go, "Oh, I need update that thing on the website. Who do I do that? How do I know who that goes to?" And you go, "I'll put that to the web guy." Our computers are a bit slow, make another project board, call IT. Then your IT department comes in, they do an audit and when they do an IT audit, it comes through and they say, "Okay, you need to upgrade this, this, this, this and this." Again, you can see all of these different tasks that need to be done and you can set a priority on them, and you can see what stage they're at. So it's not just good for you, it's good for you to be able to keep accountability with the rest of your team.
The Price Tag is Great
I can't speak more highly of Trello. I've been using it for a number of years and I'm still on the free plan that is still servicing us as we require it. Now, I always use another package called ConnectWise, which does a little bit more nitty gritty technical stuff, but generally speaking, Trello is going to get you 95% of the way there. I use Trello for all of our marketing teams, for any of our sales teams, for any of the other collaboration that we do with any external companies. t's there and it does its job, and it does it well. And the price tag's right.
The Final Word
So I would give Trello four and a half out of five. The only things that I would change is ultimately just allowing for a few more integrations in the free package. But that's just because I'm being stingy, so they have to make their money somewhere. Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed this and if you have, please make sure to jump over to iTunes, send us some love and give us some feedback. What would you like to hear about? What project management software are you using? Because I'd love to go and trial that out and see how that works for us. Stay good.
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