Atlassian, Trello, Kanban and WordPress – Kanban for WordPress

Atlassian, Trello, Kanban and WordPress – Kanban for WordPress

It was announced earlier this week that Atlassian has acquired Trello.

Atlassian is a software company that has a product called Jira, launched in 2002. Jira is extremely powerful but is very focused on agile (Scrum, Lean, etc) project management for businesses. Part of their solution is a Kanban board view, which they added in the last few years.

Trello, built by Fog Creek (run by Joel Spolsky, the man behind products like Stack Overflow), was introduced as a team collaboration tool, with a few mentions of project management, in 2011. Trello is a Kanban board, but you’ll never hear them use the word Kanban.

In the past year, GitHub has added a Kanban board view of issues, and Teamwork is slated to add Kanban “soon”.

And we launched Kanban for WordPress a little more than a year ago.

Kanban is experiencing a spike in popularity, and I would attribute it entirely to Trello.

Trello has done a great job of presenting Kanban as a simple pattern, a swiss army knife, the new to-do list, and useful for most anything. They’ve got tutorials for organizing your family, tracking a home remodeling, managing job applicants, planning a vacation, tracking ideas and more.

I’ll admit when I first launched Kanban for WordPress, I only thought of the Kanban method as a project management solution. Then I saw pipedrive.com use it as a CRM, workable.com use it for tracking job applicants, and of course Trello.

The interesting parallel has been the growth of WordPress beyond a content management system (CMS). More people are building apps on WordPress every day, and more plugins are empowering WordPress site to do more internally: intranets, CRM’s, file sharing, project management, and more.

I won’t speculate on why Atlassian bought Trello (though it is fun!), but I do look forward to seeing how tools like WordPress and Kanban, once thought of as single purpose tools, make our work, communication, and lives better.

via Kanban for WordPress

March 27, 2019 at 09:52AM