A couple weeks ago, we ran our first-ever "How Do You Use Trello?" Contest, and the response from our community has been nothing short of incredible. As you can imagine, this has made it quite the challenge to choose just three winners, but choose we finally did.
We want to thank everyone who has taken the time to submit to the contest. Your entries have really opened our eyes to all the ways in which Trello can be used, many of which we've never even thought of. We hope you'll continue to share your creativity and insights with us, your friends and your colleagues, well beyond this week. Thanks again!
Without further ado, here are the winners of the "How Do You Use Trello?" Contest:
Best Use of Collaboration - Pedro Oliveira
Pedro manages a European Union pilot project called SPOCS. With a team scattered over 200km, communicating has been a challenge. Furthermore, the project includes many components with several European countries working on it.
Pedro writes: "My team had no common vision and with Trello we actually get that, and our team Skype calls became more efficient in the sense that each meeting time went from 40m to 15m because we follow the lists and labels from our trello board. Huge wins in efficiency!"
We were inspired by the team's ability to communicate effectively despite language, cultural and locational barriers. Congratulations, Pedro!
Most Creative Use of Trello - Douglas Shand
Trello is often used for managing processes and pipelines; the left-to-right Lists framework seems to suit this kind of use quite naturally. But Douglas has dreamt up a whole new way of using this tool: he harnesses cards and lists to plan out the parts of a novel.
Douglas says: "I am using this board to collect and collate my notes and process for a book I am planning. I am able to keep everything in one place, and structure/re-plan in an ad-hoc fashion by moving cards around between lists."
The lists he's using are Concept, Characters, Plot, Themes, Motifs, Recurring Motifs, Endings, Beginnings, and Research. We're excited to see how the book turns out. Congrats to Douglas!
Most Efficient Use of Trello - Jeff Lawson
A real-estate investor, Jeff uses Trello to collaboratively analyze real-estate candidates with his business partners. To make this even more streamlined and efficient, Jeff wrote a custom Trello application called rss2trello that monitors a custom real estate RSS feed. As new properties come in, cards are automatically inserted into Trello.
"This allows my business partners or myself to inspect each property's listing and decide whether it needs to be followed up with a visit or even an offer. Comments, photos, and votes can be attached to each card and we can use lists to track positives and negatives about each property."
We're delighted to hear that Jeff has taken advantage of Trello's API, combining his ideas with Trello's core functionality to create even more powerful applications. Awesome work, Jeff!
Thanks again for all your submissions. We'll be contacting the winners next week to send out gift packs!
Have a wonderful weekend!