When I came across the Japanese concept of kanban boards I was somewhat sceptical about their effectiveness. Project management shouldn’t be this simple! However, I was persuaded to try them out and I chose Trello, a service provided by Atlassian.
Although Trello is used by companies the world over, it has a free option.
First though, what is a kanban board?
A typical kanban board consists of three columns, labelled To Do, Doing, and Done. For example:
You’re not limited to three columns, and you can name them whatever you want. Trello also supports multiple boards.
Each column can have multiple cards. Cards can be added, amended, archived and deleted. They can be switched between columns. Multiple notes can be added to the cards, too, making for a comprehensive information system.
Trello is cloud-based, so it is accessible on any internet-connected device.
I’ve been using it for a few months now and it’s become one of my must-have pieces of software.