In my position as Research Associate at the FDID Center at NIU I was engaged in different projects and activities requiring complicated planning and collaborations. One of my first goals as a new hire was to introduce my colleagues to Kanban project management using Trello in an effort to corral the different responsibilities and project relations into something that could be visualized and shared.
As a free(mium) tool, Trello was easy to convince some early adopters to run for some initial low-stakes projects. Early successes eventually grew to department wide utilization. The flexibility and simplicity of the service makes it useful across many contexts and use cases including; management of the center's technologies, workshop and course creation, event management, and new hire on-boarding . The service enables a project manager to convey objectives, instructions, and processes to individuals quickly and effectively. These highlights were particularly useful due to our high graduate assistant turn over and frequent work orientations.
Anyone interested in learning more about this service can discover more on the Trello Training website. You may also be interested in learning more about the Kanban Method which Trello model's itself after.
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