Agile SCRUM for Trello boards is a Chrome extension that gives your Trello boards Agile SCRUM features.
It’s been a while that I’ve been using Trello as my project management tool, being a Freelancer I found most tools to be overcomplicated and with too many features. Trello is at the sweet spot, provides simplicity and ease of use but with the features that most freelancers and small teams and startups need on a day-to-day basis. With this extension I’ve made it possible to add those extra features needed to run an Agile Scrum methodology with a simple design and avoiding unnecessary features or complicated setups. You can find the extension here for Chrome and Firefox. If you don’t have Trello, sign up for free here.
- Story Points: Set Story Points for Trello Cards
- Effort completed: Set time spent on tasks and remaining to check if your team is still on track.
- Tags/Categories/Labels: Group Cards into tags, User Stories or projects, these are colored automagically to save you time.
- Progress Bars: Visualize your Sprint progress instantly with unobstrusive background progress bars on both cards and lists.
- Header Separators: Use header separators to group cards inside lists.
- Variable font size: Cards with more Story Points have a slightly increased font size so you can distinguish bigger from smaller tasks at a glance.
Add Story Points to a card by typing the number in parenthesis:
(3) Design new homepage header
Track time spent on each card:
(1/3) Design new homepage header
Add a Tag to a card by writing it in square brackets:
[dev] Implement Ads in footer
Create a Header Separator by creating a new card with three asterisks at the start and end:
*** Sprint 3 ***
You can add as many tags as needed. Tags will be colored automatically in a random color.
Both Story Points and Tags can be defined anywhere in the card’s text, it’s usually best to add them at the start so it’s easier to read.
At the top right of the Lists and Cards you can see how many story points have been completed and how many there are in total.
Installation and Setup
There’s nothing to set up and it’s one of the main reasons I developed this extension. I want it to work straight away. When you create a tag in a card the extension will pick a color and automatically colorize the tag.
If a team member doesn’t have the ‘Agile SCRUM for Trello boards’ extension installed he will still see be able to see Story Points and Projects as well as modify them (he won’t see colors or progress bars). You can install/uninstall the extension at any time without loosing any data too.
It’s the fastest and with the best performance of all similar extensions and at simply 2KB of code, a seamless extension to have installed, even for slow computers or for those users who want Chrome to work fast and are concerned on having too many extensions, this extension has such a tiny footprint that goes unnoticeable.
In my opinion, using Trello as a solo freelancer, in a startup environment or in an up to 8 people team makes a lot of sense, the ease of use is amazing. The only scenario I wouldn’t use it is when you’ve got quite a complex business structure. For example, you’ve got several people in the team working in many teams and stakeholders somewhere wanting to get nice weekly reports. For everything else, it is absolutely great.
Agile SCRUM for Trello is Open Source, want to contribute and make it better? Here’s the GitHub repository.
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