How Trello Works

A general overview of how Trello works.
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The Basics

A Trello board only has four key components, but comes with unlimited possibility:

A: Boards – A board represents a project or a place to keep track of information. A Trello board is the place to organize your tasks and collaborate with Officers and other members.

B: Lists – Lists keep cards (C) organized in various ways. They can be used to create a workflow where cards are moved across lists from start to finish, or simply act as a place to keep track of ideas and information. There’s no limit to the number of lists you can add to a board, and they can be arranged however you like.

The basic (but effective) list setup for the example above is simply To Do, Doing, and Done, where cards start in the To Do list and make their way to the Done list. But don’t forget: Trello is truly customizable to your unique needs, so you can name your lists anything you like! For example, the Officer’s Corps as a list for each rank in the Training Program and as students progress in the program, they move across the board.

C: Cards – The fundamental unit of a board is a card. Cards are used to represent tasks and ideas. Sort of like a sticky note, stuck to a wall. They represent ideas like a specific practice that needs to be planned or an individual fencer. Just click “Add a card…” at the bottom of any list to create a new card, and give it a name like the name of a Newcomer or “Friday Night’s Practice.”

Cards can be customized to hold a wide variety of useful information by clicking on them. Drag and drop cards across lists to show progress. There’s no limit to the number of cards you can add to a board.

D: Menu – On the right side of your Trello board is the menu—the mission control center for your board. The menu is where many additional features or settings are accessed, but you may not need in your day to day. You can also see all of the activity that has taken place on a board in the menu’s activity feed. Take some time to check out everything the menu has to offer.

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