Projects by Placker - Trello power-up

The Trello power-up that adds project and portfolio management to Trello

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Written by Reinder Visser
Updated over a week ago

Planning, tracking, and reporting projects in Trello can be painful without the proper tools. To avoid this, the Projects by Placker power-up in Trello provides you:

  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. Update 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. Track views to understand and communicate the status of your cards, track views 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, open the Menu, then add a 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:

  • Add another board to Placker.

  • Progress tracking - you can change status automatically by moving cards through lists or labels. More details in this article.

  • Mirror rules - Card mirrors can be created in an automated way. More details in this article.

  • 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).

  • Delete board from Placker, leaving it only in Trello.

To do this, follow the steps in this article.

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 track views 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. Track views 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 program using a program 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. 

More questions on the power-up

There is a lot you can do with the Projects by Placker power-up. We recommend starting with the most important features in your case by searching our help center and checking out the tutorials about it. If you still have questions, we have a support team ready to clarify everything.

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