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Trello Wants to Close the Digital Divide With Email Integration
Trello’s Brian Cervino recently provided examples and insights of how to integrate the card wall with email. He sees this feature as something that will “close the digital divide.” There’s a good debate to be had about whether removing friction from the task creation process is really helping.
We all get frustrated by lack of adoption in our work management systems. At the portfolio level, this sentiment leads to the over approval of projects…perhaps more appropriately described as the over allocation of our resources. For people managing their work in a card wall, this leads to the dilemma of planning collaboration where the lack of a curator leads to a breakdown in data quality.
The feature allows users to inject new cards by sending an email to the card wall. It’s a useful feature if it saves a bit of time and puts people back in their code editor. It’s a useful feature if it creates better capture of ideas before prioritization is done. It’s less useful when people start to perceive clutter.
To make the feature work properly, users are encouraged to simplify by abstracting the long auto-generated email addresses for each Trello Board with shortcuts and contacts. This overhead makes it easier to work the new ideas.
Source: Trello at SoftwareReviews, Accessed December 2019
I will be surprised if anyone can make this work without a seriously committed content curator. Sometimes a bit of friction acts as the right remedy because it forces people to endure sufficient thought before acting.
KeyedIn released version 7.0 of its flagship product, KeyedIn Projects, featuring support for the transition to an increasingly Agile-focused IT shop. Work is assigned to Agile teams when the individual assignment is impractical.
KeyedIn’s Vice President of Marketing, Shawn Dickerson, wrote a piece on product delivery vs. project completion. In it he discusses important project management themes like business value, outcomes, and visibility. Although what he’s proposing makes sense theoretically, it’s difficult to execute realistically.
JetBrains has announced a new integrated team collaboration environment aimed at DevOps engineers and project managers: Space.
Zoho Projects has recently announced two new Gantt chart features: a baseline health check and a critical path highlighter. Both are helpful, but hardly gamechangers in the project management space.
Asana Rolls Out New Project List View to Increase Clarity Around Project Tasks and Misses the Mark With Customers
To improve visibility into progress on project tasks and navigate the details of project plans, Asana has rolled out a new project List view. However, while the feature enhancement was supposed to make life easier for project managers, many users have commented that the “sections” functionality has changed, and as a result, has caused organizations a lot of grief.
To facilitate decisions around resource reassignment, Teamwork has updated its Workload overview, which shows where and how individuals are spending their time, to include each person’s capacity. Now, organizations can be more flexible and respond to changing priorities throughout the course of the project.
One of the newest features in KeyedIn’s cloud-based PPM solution is an improved Gantt chart experience, designed to facilitate ease-of-use for enterprise organizations.
It’s not often that revolutionary solutions come up in the world of project management, so monday.com’s Peter Giffen grabbed my attention with his recent blog on blockchain. Giffen claims that blockchain will change project management. This is a bold statement considering that the piece fails to explain how exactly this change will happen. Giffen references a report from the PMI’s Brightline Initiative, consisting of several recognizable names, that also leaves much to be desired.
Trello’s Leah Ryder recently blogged about that old and reliable observation about the four stages of team dynamics (Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing). We asked ourselves how this relates to the Trello cardwall and found a critical ingredient: the curator.