How to Effectively Collaborate With Coworkers Using Trello
If you’re like most of us, you likely not only have a long list of things to do today, but also more lists of things you need to accomplish this week, this month, and even by the end of next year. Many of these tasks you may need delegate out, whether it’s to an assistant, co-founder, or other members of your team. Keeping track of these tasks can be a pain.
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Dozens of project management tools exist to help teams collaborate on projects, but task management tools are often too expensive, too cumbersome, or too basic to use as a team. Trello, a free online tool, is a new task management app that easily allows users to manage their to-do list while also collaborating on these projects with others, if desired.
Signing up for Trello is easy — all you need to provide is your name, email address, and password, or your can sign up with your Google account. Once you create an account with Trello, you can start creating “boards,” which are projects you’re working on. You can either work on a board by yourself, or collaborate on a board with other people.
This is where you can really use Trello to collaborate on projects with your team for free. If you want to only allow certain staff to see what’s involved for a certain project, you can only invite them to that specific board. Then, you can assign “cards” — or tasks — to specific individuals that are collaborating with you on only that board.
When cards are assigned to an individual, they can detail their progress and show you with Trello’s simple interface the status of the task, and whether they still have it “to-do,” are doing it, or it’s done.
If you lead a team and don’t want to micromanage (high-five!), but need an easy and free way to collaborate on projects with your staff for free using tasks instead of a project management solution, Trello is a great option. It’s also available for iPhone users in the iTunes App Store for free, so you can manage your team’s to-do lists when not at your desk.
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