On February 16, the project management application Trello announced a “one-of-a-kind update” of its Kanban board productivity software to better meet the needs of remote workers.
Atlassian’s proprietary platform, which has over 50 million users, is changing its logo, updating your illustrations and adding several new visualizations and board features. It is also making it easier for users to integrate data from third-party services such as Google Drive, Slack and Jira.
In a blog post, Trello co-founder Michael Pryor explained that the platform “became the new office for many people” during the pandemic. This sudden shift to distributed work “has led to an exponential increase in the digital work artifacts scattered across applications,” while coworkers tried to find remote ways to plan and complete projects.
The company’s redesign, which allows users to view their work from a central point of view, is “Built specifically to support teams that usher in a new era of work,“Pryor said.
The redesign maintains the traditional cards, frames and structure that platform users are familiar with, but also adds five new organizational options that expand the scope of data that users can access and the ways they can view it.
The five new options include a team table view for viewing multiple charts, a timeline view for managing deadlines, a calendar view for tracking future projects, a map view for organizing project data, and a dashboard view for present data in bar, line and pie charts.
Trello is also introducing link cards, board cards and mirror cards for the platform. Link cards can display views for links to third-party services such as Google Docs, Dropbox and YouTube, board cards can display views for other panels, and mirrored cards allow users to pair cards across multiple panels, which means that changes in one card will be reflected in the others.
On a interview with TechCrunch, Pryor said the pandemic instantly brought the company’s ideas about the “future of work” to the present.
“Now, everything is distributed,” he said. “We just compressed everything at once, and we had this shift overnight. We would talk earlier about this explosion of applications. We would talk about all the browser’s tabs, people getting lost in the proliferation of information. Now, it’s just eleven. “
Trello believes that its update will help remote workers better manage this “proliferation” of data in a post-pandemic world. The company also hopes the changes will help drive competition away from alternative project management applications like Asana.
Other technology companies are also trying to adapt to the age of remote work. In early February, Microsoft followed the lead of Limeade and Qualtrics in launching Viva, an employee experience platform designed to help co-workers and distributed supervisors connect.