How I use Trello as a User Interface designer
I have a designer super power: I manage all of my projects with Trello.
You see, like most designers, I can get ahead of myself when receiving projects. I get all excited about the layouts, bubbly about what the color palette could be, and just plain giddy about how the typography will integrate with the layout. But, getting that far ahead can leave the tedium of project management undone. And that is very costly.
Costly on all fronts: timelines get extended, due dates are passed, payments are missed. That’s all bad. All bad for you, and especially for your client.
Designers aren’t at the whim of our clients, because we’re on the same team
The most difficult part of every design and development project is the project management. Getting everyone on the same page, getting all the content together; it can lead to things falling through the cracks if we don’t make it a priority.
Whose fault is all this mess? Theirs? Ours? All of us? Nobody!?
Bad teams point fingers. Bad teams blame other teammates. The thing is: bad teams are synonymous with losing teams. Losing teams will, in the long run, no longer play the game anymore. And, as the leader of the designer/client team, we designers need to take control of any, and all issues so that we win. So that we get paid by our clients and maintain great relationships
What’s a good team?
Okay, so we’ve established that we have teamed up with our client, and we’ve established what bad teams do, but what do good teams do?
Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We. — Phil Jackson
The above quote is from my favorite basketball coach, Phil Jackson. And if you do not know about Phil, you should know that he is one of the most winningest coach in the NBA.
Jackson was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1998, during which Chicago won six NBA championships. His next team, the Los Angeles Lakers, won five championships from 2000 until 2010. In total, Jackson has won 11 NBA titles as a coach, surpassing the previous record of nine set by Red Auerbach. He also won two championships as a player with the Knicks in 1970 and 1973, and holds the NBA record for the most combined championships (13) as a player and a head coach.
He knows how to make large organizations of high performing individuals become one organism. One entity. For us to win we must coach everyone to the last game as Phil Jackson did.
Organizing for the win
Organizing keeps you prepared.
Staying ready means, you don’t need to get ready
This is extremely important. When I organize the project with the client in Trello we can see where there may be holes in our product logic, and prepare for those issues. Taking it one step at a time in the preparation stage insures success in the end. It always does.
The Trello layout that is established includes 4 buckets of information: Notes, To Do, Doing, and Done.