Volunteering with #Atlassian as your new #Trello User Group Leader

Volunteering with #Atlassian as your new #Trello User Group Leader

In 2018 @Atlassian sent out a role call for community leaders to launch a local Trello User Group. Orli and myself (Co-Leader) were selected to launch this initiative.

I’ve attended many events at Atlassian HQ, studied their company culture and I have to say, it’s quite an amazing place to work.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve researched and tested many Project Management tools like Asana, Microsoft Project, BaseCamp etc and they’re all great for different use cases. However Trello was a tool i’d only recently discovered and after playing around with it, I was quickly sold on how much automation it allowed for with integrated API’s in it’s simple agile design. I signed up to lead the community, while exploring how to simultaneously automate and share the content on my campaign website.

Throughout 2018, Orli and I hosted 3 community events:

  1. How to get social with Trello

  2. Using Trello To Run You Business: How companies use Trello to succeed

  3. Trello & Zapier: How to automate & achieve lean Real Estate workflows

In our most recent event I gave an updated presentation on my campaigns progress.

One of the problems I faced with Wordpress (which I love for all the reasons #Open-Source) was every-time I update the Wordpress framework, it would break a whole bunch of the plugins and take my site down.

Eventually I discovered Squarespace with it’s integrated hosting platform and it’s worked for a while, but the problem i’m facing now is once you upload all your content to the platform, you can’t backup all the images, just the text.

This became the premise for my project on Trello. I started with creating 3 ‘Lists’ Campaign, Events and Projects, where I added each post from the Squarespace site into an individual ‘card’ within the list:

When you open each card, information is separated by Title, Description, Attachments and Comments. Since it doesn’t make sense to upload videos and create huge unnecessary file sizes per card, I created links pointing to my Youtube Videos.

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Now that all my content is on cards, things are beginning to get exciting..

  1. All the content on the cards can be dragged and dropped between lists or rearranged in order within the list allowing me to organize content however necessary.

  2. I can invite multiple collaborators to update cards and leave comments if necessary.

  3. There’s a tonne of ‘PowerUps’ I can use to pull / push manipulate and automate content to my Squarespace site.

As a community leader, I always strive to bring a new perspective, innovation or technology demo to share with the community. This month I decided to share my experience using Samsung DEX on my Note 9 smartphone and delivered the entire presentation demo via my Smartphone and bluetooth mouse.

Luckily there’s a Trello app in the Google App store which I used to present my Trello board and as we learned during the live demo. It’s actually mobile responsive so we were able to extend from a portrait view to take advantage of all the projectors real estate displaying my board with all the lists at the same time so now I can deliver presentations anywhere without having to carry a thumbdrive, or deal with downloading powerpoint, keynote, Adobe Reader / compatibility issues. One step closer to becoming completely mobile.

I’m envisioning this as a dashboard for now to create, curate and share automated content across multiple social platforms to generate momentum for the campaign website..

That’s it for now, stay tuned for more automation excitement…

If you are interested in learning more about #Squarespace #SamsungDex, #Atlassian, collaborating on this project, have experience fundraising or have suggestions for our upcoming event, please feel free to contact me. Cheers!

Here’s a link to my #Freestyle presentation:



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