Thread poster: Lucia Messuti

Lucia Messuti  Identity Verified
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Jan 14, 2017

Hello Collegues,

is there anybody who knows Trello?
I was told it should be interesting to manage translation workflow, and the general work management.

I gave a look at it and tried to follow a webinar, but it seems very complicated.



neilmac  Identity Verified
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No Jan 15, 2017

From the Wikipedia description, it appears to be a project management software, which might be useful if working on coordinating groups of translators. However, as a freelancer working on my own 90% of the time, I don't see how it could be anything but a waste of time and/or money, at least the way I work.


Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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No Jan 15, 2017

One of our large clients uses it, but I see no profits from it for a small agency like us. Besides we are bombarded by notification emails for every move every team member of more than 20 languages has taken on Tello (asked a question pertinent to his language only or delivered a file), plus for every action of the Staff (say, somebody has delivered his language translation, so the Staff has removed him from the card dedicated to this file).


[Edited at 2017-01-16 17:00 GMT]


Rossana Triaca  Identity Verified
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Two years later, I'm still using Trello Jan 16, 2017

Someone asked for a management software recommendation on May 2015 and I wrote a detailed post about my experience with Trello (found here). All this time later, I'm still using Trello with great results!

I found it worked very well when I was collaborating with a small team, and it's still great for a single freelancer (although I use it a lot less now and only the basic features). It's really just a glorified pinboard with cards you shuffle around, but it merges well with what you're already using for email, calendar, note-taking, etc., so you end up actually *using it* and not gathering dust in the shelf of "well-meaning productivity tools" that you never got around to using.

With a simple board you can know at a glance what you have to do and what is coming up... you can also increase the complexity with power-ups, but I've always used the free version (only one power-up) and it's still more than enough for the volume of projects and tasks I manage (in addition to translation projects I particularly like automated repeated cards for recurring tasks that years ago would be done in a hurry at the last possible minute, like "Send end-of-month invoices", "File taxes", or "Pay the phone bill").

Since there's a perfectly usable free version, I'd encourage you to try it for a couple of weeks after watching some tutorials (but make sure the tutorials you watch are for solo freelancers so you don't end up swamped in possibilities and only use the basics at first).


Lucia Messuti  Identity Verified
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Maybe using the basics.... Jan 17, 2017

I've looked at the "mechanism" and it seems quite complicated.

I was told it is an interesting way to keep organized, but I don't find a way to start and to apply it to our workflow as freelancers.

Maybe I have to find a tutorial explaining the basic functions and how to get started.

I'll give a look at your link and try to find a tutorial. But for now, thanks for confirming it may be a good tool for our workflow.


Ben Senior  Identity Verified
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Multifarious blog post Jan 17, 2017

Paul Filkin did a blog post on Trello a while ago which explains Trello quite well. Here's the link:



JaraM (X)
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one try Feb 13, 2017

I tried to use Trello at once, but for me it was too complicated. It seems that is good platform for a small group of users, but I personally wouldn't use it.


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