We're excited to try the Projects by Placker power-up in Trello. This article describes everything you need to know about the power-up. Contact us in the chat if you have more questions!

How does the power-up help?

Planning, tracking, and reporting projects in Trello can be painful without the proper tools. To avoid this, we help you with:

  1. Gantt charts to plan your cards in time, add start dates and dependencies, and automatically plan the cards on your board.
  2. Plan attributes and dependencies to plan your cards. We've got all attributes to plan scope, time, effort and budget.
  3. Track progress automatically as your cards move from open to completed, Placker automatically log start and end dates and calculates the time spent so you know exactly how you executed your plan.
  4. Dashboards to understand and communicate the status of your cards, dashboards can be created from our widget library and are updated in real-time. 
  5. Card mirrors between board to synchronize automatically the status of the cards on two different boards.

How to set it up?

Enable the power-up

You can enable the power-up from Trello, clicking "Show menu", then "Add power-up". When enabled, it requires to you to sign in (or sign up) and export your board data to Placker.

When you sign-up, you always start with a 15 day free trial period. After that, it requires a subscription to Placker. (see pricing overview)

Change the settings

You can change the buttons added to the board or the attributes available on the back of your cards by changing settings. Go to "Show menu", "Projects by Placker", then "Edit settings". There you can:

  • Select what types of views you would like to see (up to three).
  • What buttons will show when you click a card. We suggesting showing the features you will use.
  • For the most used card attributes, if they will be visible in a card. There is an option to show them only when they have values (not empty).

Some examples of how the power-up is being used already:

Agile project management

Software teams running agile projects use Placker to set story points and priority on each card, plan different sprints based on the number of story points in each sprint and monitor progress using dashboards that include Burndown charts.

Managing multiple projects

Construction firms running multiple projects in parallel use Placker to manage the workload across projects and make sure to not drop the ball. Dashboards give insights in the tasks that are (over) due and the workload for each individual team member. Pre-defined templates are used to start projects.

Product management

Product managers user Placker to manage the work between the product backlog and the development sprints. When planning cards in a development sprint, you can create a mirror between cards to make sure both boards stay synchronized.

Portfolio management

Program managers use Placker to manage multiple projects in a programme using a programme board linked to multiple project boards. Track the key milestones and issues on the program board while the project boards contain the details, keeping cards synchronized. 

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