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Project management tool Trello vs DropTask ?

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Hi guys, what is your favorite project management tool ? I'm currently using both of the two in the title in my life, and have a little preference about Trello.

Did you use one ? Which one do you use the most, and why ?

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Absolutely most used tool:   Excel.

 

Assorted other project management tools come and go, different companies get licenses to assorted technologies to mess with calendars and schedule work, but Excel has always been there.

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So far, I prefer JIRA. I'm not a big fan of Trello.

Google spreadsheets are used for a surprising amount of project management where I work, which is not very useful in my opinion - it quickly becomes a cesspool of "which document was that in? which tab should I be looking at?". Edited by Nypyren

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I agree for google spreadsheet, it's a mess if you haven't another thing to organize everything.

I'm sure Excel would be fine for an "old-school" project management, but I'm rather into Agile, so I found Trello better so far, DropTask isn't bad either, but I find that the "Graphic display" is complicating everything.

Never tested JIRA, I will take a look :)

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We started using Trello at work within the last six months or so.  Before that it was lots of Google Docs and it was much like as Nypyren mentioned.  For us at least, Trello has greatly increased the productivity of the design side.  Being able to mix design docs with WIP/finished art/story boards/mock ups together with everybody being able to add their part to the cards directly makes it easier for them to get a clear picture of where they are going.  Since I'm on the tech management side I prefer JIRA since everything for me is just another task to complete.  Trello (or probably any visual tool) probably is not good for tech tasks.  Much better to have lists to check off then pictures to scroll through. 

 

As a programmer it is kind of fun to thumb through the Trello cards and see the early concept stuff as that isn't something we generally don't see.

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I am also using Trello and so far I like it.

 

For small projects most other Task management tools I tried were just having too much overhead. Trello might be extremly basic, but at least I can now update my projects status in 5 minutes every week.

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Jira works great for large projects.

Trello is useful for small scale (single dev) or personal matters, but it doesn't scale too well with larger teams.

Hansoft is probably the best there is, but it costs a bunch.

Excel has several uses, some of which more macro.

 

And most of every other piece of software I've used so far wasn't really worth changing my habits from the above 4.

Haven't had the chance to use DropTask yet unfortunately...

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I looked at JIRA but it seems it requires a little time before using it at full capacity, maybe I'll try it for larger project.

Since hansoft seems to be a paid one, I think I wouldn't be able to test it ^^

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Give MeisterTask a try. I am using it for a 3-people project, it has very nice usability so far. It launched a few weeks ago and has a free plan.

In case you use mind maps for brainstorming, it integrates with the company's mind mapping tool, nice if your team is not in one place.

 

IMHO, while tools like JIRA are nice for larger-scale teams (used it at my last employer with 300+ people), smaller and easy-to-use tools are better suited for small teams.

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Just seeing this post - I wanted to add that I have experience using trello and it is great for tracking personal projects, as well as communicating progress/project specs across teams. I have never used DropBox personally so I don't have comparative feedback between the two. I would recommend sign up on trello since it's free and check it out. It has a lot of capability, just as a quick example in particular you can import google docs and sheets quickly.

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I've used Jira, spreadsheets, Trello, Asana, and YouTrack. All of them are capable of running large teams. All of them have needs in order to use them effectively. Here they are:

 

Jira, Asana, and YouTrack are all highly structured, and frustrating to set up workflow tools. The forced structure is useful when having to do the minimal work necessary to keep users from messing up the flow. It takes a lot of time to set up the way you would like it, and it causes a team to conform to the way it functions. For some, this is perfect. It tells you how to organize. It forces users to do it the way it wants. It's cumbersome to change it.  It's constraining. 

 

Trello is a blank canvas. It provides you the tools to create an organized work flow. It's flexible, it highly graphical, it's easily broken. While I prefer Trello due to its lack of constraints, it's also its Achilles' heel. Without strong organization, and persistent upkeep, Trello can very quickly go awry. This becomes more difficult as it scales, and more users can use it incorrectly. This requires team commitment, and a person designated to maintain the boards. When its working, its wonderful. When bad management sneaks into it, its horrible. '

 

Choose wisely.

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