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The Future Of Trello Is On The Horizon: Take a Sneak Peek

By Michael Pryor | Published on October 26, 2020 | 5 min read
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Nearly overnight, the way we work entered into a state of flux. Companies of all industries and sizes were suddenly thrust into the most rapid digital transformation of their lives, and a hybrid model of remote work sits at the center.  In order to navigate constant change and uncertainty, company leaders and teams need to be flexible and agile, but most are unsure where to begin. 

But here’s a fun fact: The Trello team has been functioning in a hybrid work, half-remote model for almost a decade. Internally, we are prepared to weather the storm of this shift and have been building Trello to accommodate the changing needs of teams across the world. As we listen to customers evolving the way they work, so too are we evolving the way we think about Trello. 

 

 

Moving forward, we are making significant expansions upon the ways that teams can view information and interact with their data at the team, board, and card level.  And we’re doing it with all the real-life lessons and considerations we learned along the way as a hybrid team. We are shifting Trello to be a product that better reflects the need for more digital viewpoints, different ways to organize work, and better digital communication. 

We’re making these changes while still being the Trello you love: the originator of boards, lists, and cards, a concept so revered it is used by over 80% of the Fortune 500 to manage projects, including customers like Pinterest, Squarespace, Peloton, Fender, and Costco. The principles that drive Trello’s product development are flexible, fast, and easy-to-use, and we are taking these principles to heart as we meet and guide teams into the new digital office.

Trello Now Moves With Your Team

Soon, Trello will adapt to fit any part of a project's life cycle. New ways of viewing information in Trello will empower teams to visualize work in different ways at different stages. Teams will get brand new perspectives on their work depending on how they choose to view information.

For example, a new project is kicking off and a cross-functional team is getting together to brainstorm ideas. In their workspace, they create a new board for the project and switch their view so that they can get all of their great ideas out in a free-form fashion. They can easily group cards into lists, and then switch back to a board view to put those ideas into action. 

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With so many moving parts, it’s essential to make sure that every task and team member lines up, ensuring dependencies won’t become blockers from moving work forward. Switching views, the team can now see all of their tasks across the entire project’s timeline, allowing members to quickly adjust start and end dates to make sure everything stays on track.

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Pulling back to the team level, everyone can see where a project ladders up across their workspace into other initiatives across the company roadmap. With this visibility and perspective, cross-functional teams like marketing and product development can seamlessly coordinate their campaigns and launches. Plus, managers can clearly see how teams are progressing towards goals.

With the click of a button, managers can also switch views to see the workload distribution for their entire team, redistributing tasks as needed to prevent team burnout or make sure there is appropriate coverage when a teammate goes on leave. All of this is done seamlessly across projects and initiatives without ever skipping a beat.

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More In It For You

When you understand how your specific work supports company goals, you can effectively collaborate with your team. That’s why we’re also making new investments in the way you work all the way down to the card level.

Cross-functional teams will be able to build their own processes to suit their unique needs within their own boards, while still being able to collaborate across departments with new card types. Cards will mirror data across boards and will also link boards together to break down information silos. When information and knowledge is shared so everyone is on the same page, it’s a win for the entire team.  

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You will be able to sit down and visualize the work you need to accomplish in the way that’s easiest for you to digest. Being able to organize and build unique workflows for your personal productivity type, while still staying connected to the team, means your most impactful contributions are on the horizon.

Behind the scenes, all of the mundane tasks that constantly distract us from deep work are whisked away by Butler, Trello’s built-in automation, making it possible to stay focused on the work that matters most. Plus, we will be expanding the reach of Trello’s automation into other apps and services that your team relies on so that no matter where work is getting done, everyone remains in the loop.

Get Some New Views

From the mightiest of cross-functional projects, to the every-Tuesday tasks, we are taking everything you love about Trello and transforming it for modern work collaboration.

At the core of these changes is the concept of empowering teams. We want to enable you and your team to get perspective across the breadth of your work in Trello so you can view and prioritize tasks at scale, track productivity of individuals and teams, and gain insights about the health of your organization and processes. You will now be able to look at the work across multiple boards in a single place, your Trello team workspace. 

Sounds cool, eh? 

Well, we have one more thing to share with you: We are excited to announce that Business Class and Enterprise users can already try the beta team table view and can soon try out some of our beta dashboard and timeline Trello views. Stay tuned—we can’t wait to announce everything we’re rolling out, and please give us your feedback as we are developing in real time.

Whether you’ve been with us for nearly a decade, or you’re just jumping into Trello, we’re proud and excited to be in your corner for your productivity journey. Let’s take the next step together. 


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